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FAHI museum is set to open

Sunday, May 19, 2013

The Fayette Area Historical Initiative (FAHI) museum and multicultural center will open Monday.

The museum, in the former Imperial Savings and Loan building at 211 Fayette St., Martinsville, will be open from noon to 5 p.m. Mondays through Fridays and Saturdays by appointment for the next two weeks, according to Curtis Millner, chairman of the FAHI board.

“After that, we will re-evaluate and see if we will go back to our regular schedule” or adopt the new one, he said. The previous schedule at the museum’s former Fayette Street site was 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Tuesdays through Thursdays.

Admission to the new location will be free, and there is a parking lot in back of the building.

Inside, visitors will see a room with memorabilia from “Albert Harris School in its heyday,” Millner said. In three or four months, that display will be rotated with one on Carver High School so visitors will see something different when they return to the museum, he said.

Memorabilia from Imperial Savings and Loan also will be featured, he said.

The museum will be staffed by volunteers, and FAHI is searching for a new director and volunteers, especially those who can do clerical work, Millner said. The association has about 120 members.

It bought the Imperial building in December 2011 and has been renovating it ever since.

The latest work was funded with grants from The Harvest Foundation and the Phoenix Community Development Corp.

Millner said an $8,425 Pick Up the Pace! grant from Harvest was used to redo the building’s heating and electric systems. The Phoenix grant was used to update and improve the outside of the building, he said.

Arovik Signs donated a sign for the building. Once that is in place and other small projects are completed, a grand opening will be scheduled, probably in June, Millner said.

FAHI is accepting donations to operate the museum, and it will hold a June German Ball on June 29 at the site of the new medical school on Fayette Street to raise funds, Millner said.

Another fundraiser will be planned for September, he added.

 

 
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