The Binghamtown Township Historical Society replaced the Old Church roof last autumn, but over the winter a pair of raccoons was able to sneak in and decided that the space between the upstairs ceiling and the roof was a great place to raise a family. Great for the raccoons, at least, but not for the Society. Due to the biological contamination, we hired a professional remediation service to remove both the raccoons and the ceiling from the second floor.
Our long-term plans for the museum include renovating this floor, which contains a number of exhibit rooms slated to be finished in several representative configurations, including a period bedroom, kitchen, and schoolroom, complete with the proper artifacts and decor. Not only will this allow us to highlight a number of our excellent artifacts, but will likewise give visitors a sense of what these rooms would have looked like at various points in the past.
The upstairs will also include an administrative space, as well as a central research room, where visitors will be able to access the Society’s extensive collection of historical documents.
Unfortunately, the ceilings were a complete loss and must be entirely replaced. We are currently working to get a repair plan in place and are soliciting donations of materials, labor, and funds for the repairs. At this time we welcome any and all help in those areas, and would especially appreciate donations of replacement ceiling tiles, insulation, and help installing them.
As soon as we’re able to repair the ceiling, we can move ahead with our plans to build the exhibit rooms. Please help us meet this goal!