Archive

Greensburg VFD Museum plans interactive exhibit | TribLIVE.com
News

Greensburg VFD Museum plans interactive exhibit

gtrhggbgmuseum5
Steph Chambers | Trib Total Media
Greensburg Volunteer Fire Department Museum treasurer Tom Niggel wipes dust off a mural as he discusses renovations to the museum along Main Street on Friday, Oct. 31, 2014.
gtrhggbgmuseum3
Steph Chambers | Trib Total Media
Greensburg Volunteer Fire Department Museum director Bill Rudolph (left) and treasurer Tom Niggel discuss renovations to the museum, including the new ceiling completed by eagle scouts, along Main Street on Friday, Oct. 31, 2014.
gtrhggbgmuseum
Steph Chambers | Trib Total Media
Greensburg Volunteer Fire Department Museum director Bill Rudolph (center) and treasurer Tom Niggel discuss renovations to the museum along Main Street on Friday, Oct. 31, 2014.
gtrhggbgmuseum4
Steph Chambers | Trib Total Media
Greensburg Volunteer Fire Department Museum treasurer Tom Niggel stands near a mural as he discusses renovations to the museum along Main Street on Friday, Oct. 31, 2014.
gtrhggbgmuseum2
Steph Chambers | Trib Total Media
Greensburg Volunteer Fire Department Museum treasurer Tom Niggel rests his hand on a 1949 Seagrave firetruck while discussing renovations to the museum along Main Street on Friday, Oct. 31, 2014.

The Greensburg Volunteer Fire Department Museum will soon house a replica firehouse from last century, complete with a 1949 fire truck and uniformed mannequins playing checkers near a pot-bellied stove.

Renovations are under way on the new wing, which adjoins the museum’s longtime home behind the city offices on Main Street. The City of Greensburg formerly used the space as a garage and storage area, but gifted it to the museum several years ago.

Since then, museum director Bill Rudolph and treasurer Thomas Niggel have been working together to decide what to do with the new space.

“Bill and I decided together and presented to the board what we thought that wing would like,” Niggel said.

They decided an interactive fire hall would be the best addition to the museum’s many displays of uniforms, vehicles and memorabilia.

“Since that time we’ve been painting and fixing it up,” Rudolph said.

The pair have done most of the work themselves.

Once the section is completed, visitors will have the chance to try out old-fashioned, telegraph-based fire alarm boxes and other bits of firefighting history.

The most extensive part of the work, a tile ceiling painted to look like an old-fashioned tin roof, was completed last month.

Vince Mirigliano, 17, of Greensburg, and his friends installed the roof for Vince’s Eagle Scout project.

“I was looking for an Eagle project, and my uncle (P.J. Zimmerlink of Greensburg) said he knew the guys in the fire museum needed help on it,” Mirigliano said.

About 17 people helped as Mirigliano supervised the project.

“They saved us a lot of money and they saved us a lot of headache,” Niggel said.

The museum raised more than $2,000 last year to pay for the project materials.

The new wing will probably feature some kind of tribute to Thomas “Bugs” Everett, who served as president of the museum board until his death in August, Niggel said. The details of this tribute have not yet been finalized.

“That was his whole life, here at the museum,” Niggel said.

There is still plenty of work to do.

The new wing will probably be ready by late 2015 or early 2016, according to Rudolph.

Jacob Tierney is a staff writer for Trib Total Media. He can be reached at 724-836-6646 or [email protected].

TribLIVE commenting policy

You are solely responsible for your comments and by using TribLive.com you agree to our Terms of Service.

We moderate comments. Our goal is to provide substantive commentary for a general readership. By screening submissions, we provide a space where readers can share intelligent and informed commentary that enhances the quality of our news and information.

While most comments will be posted if they are on-topic and not abusive, moderating decisions are subjective. We will make them as carefully and consistently as we can. Because of the volume of reader comments, we cannot review individual moderation decisions with readers.

We value thoughtful comments representing a range of views that make their point quickly and politely. We make an effort to protect discussions from repeated comments either by the same reader or different readers

We follow the same standards for taste as the daily newspaper. A few things we won't tolerate: personal attacks, obscenity, vulgarity, profanity (including expletives and letters followed by dashes), commercial promotion, impersonations, incoherence, proselytizing and SHOUTING. Don't include URLs to Web sites.

We do not edit comments. They are either approved or deleted. We reserve the right to edit a comment that is quoted or excerpted in an article. In this case, we may fix spelling and punctuation.

We welcome strong opinions and criticism of our work, but we don't want comments to become bogged down with discussions of our policies and we will moderate accordingly.

We appreciate it when readers and people quoted in articles or blog posts point out errors of fact or emphasis and will investigate all assertions. But these suggestions should be sent via e-mail. To avoid distracting other readers, we won't publish comments that suggest a correction. Instead, corrections will be made in a blog post or in an article.