Miners Museum gets facelift

Justin Dickie
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SPRINGHILL - Some things just aren't what they used to be.

Miners Museum gets facelift

SPRINGHILL - Some things just aren't what they used to be.

One of those things has changed for the better.

The Springhill Miners Museum has undergone a series of cosmetic upgrades over the fall and winter to make the historical exhibit more attractive.

"I had a bus driver in (Monday), he's been here six or seven times a summer for the last four or five years, and he couldn't believe it was the same building. He thought it was new," said museum manager Roberta McMasters.

Renovations cost more than $100,000. They included new siding, windows, doors, gyprock, floors, light fixtures, and concrete foundation.

McMasters said the building was run down and badly needed the changes. It previously had painted plywood covering the outside walls and floor and old wood paneling on the inside walls.

"It wasn't very attractive," McMasters said.

She said the previous condition of the building had a negative impact on the number of visits. She thinks the renovations will improve traffic to and from the museum.

"It just makes it more attractive for the visitor and makes their visit more enjoyable," she said. "Hopefully it'll make it survive for another 25 years."

The museum holds its grand reopening today with a ceremony starting at 11 a.m. They're offering free tours for kids for the day.


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  • Dannie
    January 18, 2010 - 10:31

    Well done looks great from the picture. I would suggest a little snack bar and a couple of tables with chairs. It will amaze you how many people will come back again and again. Once again congratulations on a job well done. My old home town keeps looking better and better all the time.