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Volunteers needed for museum project

January 28, 2009

The Rural Heritage Museum has hit the jackpot.

The physical structure of Dr. Fahrney's office has been dismantled from its original location in Boonsboro and will be reassembled at the rural Heritage Museum on Sharpsburg Pike.

Along with that comes the contents of Fahrney's office.

Volunteers at the museum have begun the "huge process of sorting through the boxes and choosing artifacts for this season's major exhibit at the museum," said volunteer Dorry Norris said in an e-mail. "The scope of the collection is huge and extremely diverse. It will take years to fully examine everything."

While it will be some time before the Fahrney office will be open to the public, Norris said the artifacts will be displayed before the opening on a rotating basis at the museum.

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Norris said there is a need for volunteers to help with the sorting process. Specifically, she is looking for librarians to help catalog the large book collection, bottle collectors to help with the glassware and those knowledgeable about antique medical equipment to identify the medical items.

The committee usually meets on the second Tuesday of the month, but the next session will be Tuesday, Feb. 3, at 9:30 a.m. Some Saturdays might be scheduled, as well.

For more information, call the museum at 240-313-2839, Dorry Norris at 240-420-5082 or e-mail her at dorrysage@myactv.net.

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