Thursday, July 24, 2008

Quecreek Mine Museum Groundbreaking this Saturday

Some will come to learn. Others, for inspiration or hope.

No matter what the reason, Quecreek Mining Rescue almost six years ago will have a museum dedicated to the miraculous event, with the groundbreaking on the sixth anniversary this Saturday.

There will be many picnic-like events following the groundbreaking, and also with some of the Quecreek miners present.

Lori Arnold, vice president of the Quecreek Mine Rescue Foundation, said the museum, just as the rescue, was a blessing. The Foundation has been raising money to have it designed and built for three years, and with donors and the Amish volunteering to build the structure, the ideas are becoming reality.

It will be an "unconventional building," Arnold said, complete with a two-story building with some of the original artifacts from the Fire Hall where family waited, to a simulated Disney-like ride, by taking visitors into a mine.

Phase one of the visitor center plans to be finished this summer, while phase two should be completed by the end of next summer.

For those interested in donating to the cause, the address is:

Quecreek Mine Rescue Foundation
151 Haupt Road
Somerset Pa, 15501

All donations are tax deductible.

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