Fundraiser for new local museum and library
CARLISLE COUNTY, Ky—Looking to the future and preserving the past. That is the motto of the president of the Carlisle County Museum and Library. In 2011, a tornado came through the small town of Bardwell and destroyed many buildings in the area. President of the Museum and Library Robert McLain said the tornado ripped through the historical front street severely damaging the museum and library and forcing them to relocate. For two years, the county had no museum and library and building a new facility was just too expensive.
Now, a local church was donated and the town hopes to return the museum and library with a fundraiser. Museum and Library Founder Zane Teeters said, "I've always wanted to keep Carlisle County alive and the best way to do that now is collect some of the old things."
Teeters said he wants to preserve the county's memories so they are not forgotten. This act by the Methodist church down here to give us that building just makes it all worth while. You hope for something and here it is. This is a miracle," said Teeters.
President Robert McLain has many plans for the new building. McLain said, "I can't wait to see the look on their face when they get to walk into this facility, completed renovated with all displays set up, a clean environment, safe, it's just going to be a good place for Bardwell."
But, McLain said the building still needs a lot of work. "We have a long way to go as you can see from the building there's a lot of restructure that's going to take place," said McLain.
McLain said once it is finished. He hopes it will be the heart of the community. "They met here for weddings and funerals and good times and bad times and good crops and bad crops and it was just a beautiful place and we need to restore this," said McLain.
To preserving the past and looking to the future. Teeters said, "There were some very inventive and very ingenious people that lived here early on. They made the communities what they are and lets not forget that.
"I really can not imagine so much... It may bring tears to my eyes for all I know," said Teeters when describing what the opening day will be like. The community needs your help to establish and restore the facility. On Monday, a fish fry lunch will be held at the Fellowship Hall of First Christian Church in Bardwell. The fish fry event is from 11 a.m. until 2 p.m. and all proceeds will go toward the museum and library. The price is $7 per person for ages 13 and up and $4 per child age 4 through 12. That price includes fish, white beans, french fries, hush puppies slaw and bread. If you can not make it, carry-outs are available.