Butler, New Jersey, Tuesday, July 16, 2019
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10/29/2007 - Butler Museum foundation concerns
By Peggy Spranzani
Peggy Spranzani, Chairperson of the Butler Museum, has discussed the foundation problem that is developing at the museum. At a council meeting on October 16, 2007, Peggy had the opportunity to explain what was happening. The east end addition of the 1888-89 railroad station is sinking. It is believed that this end of the building was constructed on railroad ties around 1907. Several years ago, the borough engineer estimated the cost involved in raising that part of the museum, restoring the freight platform, and repairing the fascia around the base of the building to be approximately $125, 000.

Now, in 2007, several modifications have had to be made to that exhibit room. The security system around the doors was realigned. Draft dodgers have been bought to keep the air and dust out of the room because one of the windows doesn't close tightly. There are no major problems and the room/building is not in danger of collapsing.

The major exhibit rooms and the R. Kennedy Resource center (former freight station/senior center) are not affected by this same problem.

At this time, the museum volunteers are exploring available grant resources and other alternatives. The museum hopes to present its findings to the Borough officials and administration by early 2008.

In the meantime, why not take an hour on any Saturday and visit the Butler Museum between 10:00 AM and 2:00 PM? We are closed around holiday weekends. If you, your group, or organization would like to arrange a special appointment, please call 973-838-7222 and leave a message. We will call you back as promptly as possible.

We are just completing a new fire department exhibit featuring two Gamewell fire boxes, an alarm bell, and ticker tape equipment once used by the Butler Fire Department. Museum volunteer Alan Bird has worked on this exhibit for months.

It would be more that a shame to allow this building, which is the only edifice in Butler to be recognized on the State and National Registers of Historic Places, to be razed and all of the exhibits and collections which are housed there to be dispersed or discarded.

Mayor Joseph Heywang, the Borough council, and the Borough administration have always supported the museum.

The Butler Museum volunteers will continue to operate this priceless cultural center in our community. We will inform and educate the museum visitors about the rich history of Butler and our surroundings. We will welcome school groups, scout groups, family groups, and individuals.

We are always ready to consider any artifacts that you may wish to donate or loan to the Butler Museum. We look forward to your visit and your support!

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