Museum Completes Its Move

The Brooke County Museum has completed its move from the historic Miller’s Tavern building on Main Street in downtown Wellsburg to more spacious accommodations at 704 Charles St., Wellsburg.

To celebrate that grand occasion, museum officials have organized the first cultural event to be held at the new location. The fundraising event will take place at 6:30 p.m. Thursday, Dec. 13, at the facility, now known officially as the Brooke County Historical Museum and Culture Center. Admission will be free, but donations will be accepted to use toward completion of the first phase of the relocation.

In keeping with the holiday season, Charlie’s Kids, a group of local youth, will present a Christmas program. Carol Allman will produce and direct this production. The Brooke High School Madrigal Choir will perform a concert after the children’s presentation. Light seasonal refreshments will be offered.

Doors will be opened at 5:30 p.m. to give visitors time to tour the newly-expanded museum. The program will conclude around 8 p.m.

Ruby Greathouse, longtime director of the museum, said the the center’s new home offers 10,000 feet of space, all located on one floor, which is in sharp contrast to the museum’s former site that offered only 4,000 feet of space spread over three floors.

As a result of the more spacious site, the museum now boasts nine new display areas, she said. Artifacts that had been boxed in storage previously “are now where they belong,” on display for the public to see, she said. In particular, Greathouse is pleased that a horse-drawn plow and a horse-drawn cultivator from the museum’s collections are on the exhibit floor now and that a “tin man” is on display in the storefront windows.

Since most longtime residents remember the new facility as the former site of the five- and ten-cent store, one of the new display areas is devoted to G.C. Murphy Co. memorabilia, Greathouse said. Old signs from the G.C. Murphy store were found on the building’s second floor and have been incorporated in the new display area, she explained.

West Virginia Poet Laureate Marc Harshman of Wheeling will conduct a book signing for his new poetry collection, “Green-Silver and Silent … Poems,” at the Moundsville-Marshall County Public Library, main floor, from 4-6 p.m. Wednesday, Dec. 5.

A limited selection of his picture books also will be available for purchase and signing.

The new volume of Harshman’s poetry is slated to be released by Bottom Dog Press on Saturday, Dec. 1.

Chris Sabatino, a young singer-songwriter from Bellaire, has released his first self-titled, extended-play album.

Sabatino, who has been a songwriter for 13 years, said that “music is my passion in life.” His debut full-length EP is described as featuring “reflective, deep, personal songwriting.”

His first release was titled “Rockstar.” Sabatino said that, over the years, he has had the opportunity to collaborate with several talented musicians and producers. At the top of his list are Rick Witkowski and L Studios in Weirton, Dan Bozek and Aardvark Productions, Nate Lueck, Joseph Woodruff and Ken Lamison.

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