Four museums in the Alle-Kiski valley come together to promote history and heritage with a free visit to their premises.

An open house showcasing the historic museums of Leechburg, Hyde Park, Apollo and Vandergrift is scheduled from 1 p.m. to 5 p.m. on Sunday.

Free shuttles between the four museums will be provided by Byers Taxi. Participants can start the tour at any museum.

“The purpose of this event is to get people to visit their local museum,” said Janice Oberdorf, board member and treasurer of the Victorian Vandergrift Museum and Historical Society. All ages are welcome.

Oberdorf said she often spoke with people who told her, “I didn’t know there was a museum here.” The open house aims to promote the hard work of museum volunteers.

“All of these museums are run 100% by volunteers,” she said.

The open house has evolved from a biannual event to an annual event. “It was just too much work for all the volunteers to prepare two open houses each year,” said Oberdorf.

Visitors to the Vandergrift Museum can walk through three floors filled with military artifacts, an extensive genealogy collection, and numerous exhibits depicting everyday Victorian life around the turn of the century.

Leechburg historian Larry Boehm said never-before-displayed items will be on display and the museum has completed major renovations to the building.

“Credit goes to Janice Oberdorf and her team at the Vandergrift Historical Society,” said Boehm. “We are really delighted to have the event back.

The Leechburg Area Museum and Historical Society has 19 themed rooms inside the historic David Leech House on First Street.

A vintage toy display is the latest addition to the Apollo Museum and Historical Society.

Vandergrift’s latest exhibit features memorabilia from Kiski Area Football and pays homage to coach Frank Moreal.

A new exhibition on Marthe Crusher, Hyde Park’s most infamous resident who was convicted of murder by poison in 1865, is the most recent exhibit at the Hyde Park Museum and Historical Society.

Visitors to all four museums can participate for a chance to win a gift basket.

Joyce Hanz is a writer for Tribune-Review. You can contact Joyce at 724-226-7725, [email protected] or via Twitter .



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