Mt. Lebanon Historical Society gets approval for new home

Published Jul 29, 2014 at 9:51 am (Updated Jul 29, 2014 at 9:51 am)

The Mt. Lebanon commission unanimously approved an agreement that will lease and ultimately convey the property at 794 Washington Road to the Historical Society of Mt. Lebanon.

Jim Wojcik, president of the Historical Society, urged commissioners to approve the agreement prior to the vote.

“This will give the Historical Society the opportunity to acquire this property and adapt it as a permanent home for our organization and exhibits, all with minimal risk to the municipality,” he said.

The new, permanent space, would allow the Historical Society a highly visible location to display exhibits, better care for artifacts and provide additional meeting space. In addition, it would give the group the opportunity to display exhibits on loan from Pittsburgh’s Heinz History Center.

“This will also serve as a great transition from the business to residential areas,” Wojcik concluded.

All three commissioners present at the meeting (commissioners Kristen Linfante and Dave Brumfield were absent) spoke favorably of the proposal prior to the vote.

“I think this will be one of the best things I do as a commissioner,” Kelly Fraasch said. “I think we as a community learn from our history and it’s important to preserve it.”

Commissioner Steve Silverman called the proposal a “terrific idea” and acknowledged the Historical Society’s need for additional space.

“I know you have great dreams for this space,” commissioner John Bendel concluded, “my guess is we have barely scratched the service with what we will be able to do with this space.”

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