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What is happening with the Police Heritage Museum? April 2016 update
The museum's collection and fixtures have all been moved to 237 West Market Street, where they are protected by fire and burglar alarm systems, and are in an environmentally controlled area. We will continue to work over the next several months to ready the space to be used as a museum. We are no where near ready to open to the public. When we are completed, approved and ready to open, we will make an announcement. The actual footprint is smaller than our previous home, so adjustments will need to be made. The number of items on display will need to be reduced, so more items will remain in storage.
Now, more than ever, we need support from our friends. We are now renting space, which will place a larger financial burden on the musuem. The new space comes with heat, air conditioning and bathrooms, which means added utility costs. So for those that are able to help financially, now is the time to do so. The Police Heritage Museum is a 501(c)3 charitable organization, and contributions are tax-deductible to the fullest extent of the law.
In addition, preparing the new location will be quite labor intensive. We are in great need of volunteers with strong backs to assist with preparing the space and arranging the fixtures, stocking the display cases, etc. If you are interested in volunteering at the museum, please contact us.
We will continue to provide updates as work progresses.
What is happening with the Police Heritage Museum? December 31, 2015 update
It is now December 31st, and we have removed all of the collection and fixtures from 54 West Market Street. We no longer occupy the space that has served us so well all of these years.
So, what's next?
The museum's collection and fixtures have all been moved to a safe location, where they are protected by fire and burglar alarm systems, and are in an environmentally controlled area. The museum has acquired a temporary home for the museum. We will need to work over the next several months to ready the space to be used as a museum. The actual footprint is smaller than our previous home, so adjustments will need to be made. The board of directors will make an announcement once the new space is better prepared for the public.
What is happening with the Police Heritage Museum?
Probably the most common question we are encountering at the museum is what is happening with the museum, and the building.
First, and foremost, the Police Heritage Museum is not closing. We are not going out of business.
When the Police Heritage Museum acquired the property at 54 West Market Street, our goal was to replace a vacant downtown storefront with a history museum that would educate the public about the history of law enforcement, crime and punishment. We originally leased the building, and made extensive renovations to the interior of the building in order to open the doors. After a few years, the Board of Directors authorized the purchase of the building, and after purchasing the building replaced the aging roof system to provide better protection to the artifacts contained within it. The Police Heritage Museum was able to revitalize one vacant downtown building.
Immediately to the east of our building, sits the former Woolworth's store, which for years has been vacant and the subject of many potential redevelopment plans, none of which ever came to fruition. Immediately to the west of our building, is a former jewelry store which went out of business in January of 2007. Weinbrom Jewelers were great neighbors, and their closing was a loss to the neighborhood.
Several years ago, we were made aware that developers were once again looking at the Woolworth's building, as well as the Weinbrom building, as potential redevelopment projects. The Board of Directors were approached about the availability of our building should a developer wish to purchase it for a larger redevelopment project. The Board of Directors have listened to several proposals, some of which were unrealistic. And then, we were approached by representatives from the Royal Square Development group, who were looking to renovate all three buildings on West Market Street. They were very open with what they were looking to do, and provided us with several options.
The Police Heritage Museum believes in downtown York, which is why we located there and invested in the building at 54 West Market Street. We wanted to be a part in downtown's revitalization, and we did our part by occupying one vacant storefront. We did that on a modest budget with an all volunteer staff. We have no paid employees. Every cent we raise goes to the museum's goals.
So, the Board of Directors decided to once again be a part of the revitalization of downtown York, and opted to sell the building at 54 West Market Street to the group that will be redeveloping West Market Street. We remain in the building as tenants through the end of the year, at which time we must move out so construction work can begin. So 2015 will be the end of the Polcie Heritage Museum at 54 West Market Street.
Where is the Police Heritage Museum moving?
The Board of Directors continues to work on finding a new home for the museum. Finding the right location with the budget we have is a difficult process. The Board of Directors will make an announcement once a decision is made and details are finalized.
When is the Police Heritage Museum closing?
The museum is typically open through the end of October, and then open for special events only until the next April. Museum volunteers have been busy preparing for our move, by packing the large number of artifacts that are in our storage area in the back of the museum. As this work continues, we need to start the process with the artifacts and fixtures that are on display in the main gallery in the front of the building.
As a result, the museum's last day to be open for tours will be Saturday, October 3, 2015. After that, we will be closed to continue to prepare for our move. We apologize if this inconveniences anyone.
Where can I find information on the Police Heritage Museum's move?
The Board of Directors will strive to keep the public and our members up to date on our relocation. You can follow us on Facebook, where any information will be posted. Or, you can check back on our web site here for additional information as it becomes available.
237 West Market Street
York, Pennsylvania 17401