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Students contribute to local museum

By Nicole Major, Ledger staff writer | Apr 26, 2017
Photo by: Nicole Major Delaney Ward, 5, happily donates her change Tuesday afternoon inside of the Carnegie Historical Museum’s newest donation box.

The spirit of giving was in full force Tuesday afternoon when several pint-sized donors made the first contributions to the new donation box at the Carnegie Historical Museum.

Outside of the philanthropic efforts of the young supporters, the donation box has a story of its own.

Designed by museum curator Mark Shafer who commissioned local carpenter Gene Crawford to build it, the box is made of paneling from the Jefferson County Courthouse, railings from Café Paradiso, a clown from the Collectible Store on the north side of the square along with several other pieces from various other places.

“It took about two weeks put it together; I just worked on it a little bit at a time,” Crawford said of the shiny box that looks like a solid piece that might have been purchased from any antique store.

The clown, which sits just over the change box, brings about a nostalgic feel encouraging the youngest museum patrons to donate their nickels and dimes. Whereas the bill box is solidly hewn with glass on all four sides.

“I got the glass from Fairfield Glass,” Crawford said.

Shafer is pleased with the outcome of the collaboration, and said it would available for patrons to donate during the open house Thursday to celebrate the building’s 125th anniversary.

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