Photo by Sam Yu
Hanging a Damascus history throw blanket are Ray
Olsen, left, and Pat Williams as Julia Beall, 9,
Society has a building and materials for its first exhibit
on the Damascus Volunteer Fire Department.
For at least five years, the museum will be on county
property at the site of the library and senior center. The
society has an option for two one-year lease extensions.
"By then we hope to have a permanent site," Olsen said.
The new facility consists of two trailers provided by the
Montgomery County Board of Education. The community
contributed more than $50,000 in cash to refurbish the
Contributions of legal, landscaping and architectural work
are worth more than $100,000, Olsen said.
"We have been just so fortunate," she said.
For its first year of operation, the museum will focus on
revolving exhibits of several months' duration. More
volunteer docents are needed; so are items to put on
display, Olsen said.
Artifacts and pictures from sports organizations, clubs and
other community groups would be good.
"We need volunteers É to donate stuff," Olsen said.
Initially the museum will be operated on a limited schedule
but should be open full time within the year.