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PC museum to build memorial to officers

Monday, October 24, 2011

Board members of the Harold Bell Wright Museum in Pierce City are building a memorial to honor five Pierce City officers who died in the line of duty.

Materials and supplies for the project have been donated by fellow officers. The memorial will be placed in the jail cell behind the museum.

Board members also discussed ways of raising revenue for the museum, which included the possibility of incorporating a small gift shop, selling postcards featuring photos from the 1900s, a photo contest, a high school art display, and having caps made featuring the museum's logo.

Murray Bishoff, a board member, suggested having the Missouri State Historical Society print photos from glass negatives taken around 1909. Board members supported the idea, giving the go-ahead to have reproduction photos made.

The museum will be open to trick-or-treaters on Halloween night to help raise awareness of the local landmark.

Curator Glo Abramovitz suggested board members periodically pick one item from the museum to write about and submit to local papers as a way to generate interest in the rotating displays.

Abramovitz was authorized to purchase storage tubs for holding items currently not on display at the museum.

Members also approved purchase of a new guest book, bookcase and printer for the museum.

Board President Ron Landoll suggested developing a schedule so that all board members would rotate working at the museum on a regular basis.

Bishoff recommended changing the display to one featuring natural disasters past and present. Bishoff said he felt the subject would be one of interest to local patrons.

The board approved the suggestion and authorized Bishoff to obtain a positive print of a two-page article about the 1910 tornado for $10.

The Harold Bell Wright Museum is located at 404 Walnut St. in Pierce City. Its hours are from 1:30 to 4 p.m. on Thursdays and Saturdays.

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