MILFORD - The Pike County Historical Society's Museum, The Columns, is open five days a week in the months of July and August. The museum, at 608 Broad St., Milford, will be open and run primarily by Interns, Wednesday through Sunday from 1 to 4 p.m.

In this the 15th year of the Museum's Summer Intern Program, Sam Brady, Thea Thomas and Cody Dailey take the reins in offering tours of the museum and Schocopee Schoolhouse, (schoolhouse open 12 to 4 p.m. Saturdays and Sundays, located in Apple Valley Village). 

The young lady and gentlemen will also create two new exhibits, and research and present an informative program about three Pike County athletes... who aren't Smoky Joe Wood.

Look for the stories of Don Budge, Gertrude Ederle and Big Bill Steel to be told in first person, by the Interns, at a gathering noting the conclusion of the program in mid August.

Fund drive for fix-up

The Historical Society and Museum will also launch a major fundraising drive to have the front porch, verandas and columns repaired and painted. With the state's cut back in general operating support dollars, maintenance and upkeep remain a major obstacle for the society. 

"As all homeowners know, repairs and maintenance wait for no one and can be costly. Particularly costly if you have these great big columns that need specialized attention!,” said a museum representative.

The Columns that grace the front of the building are deteriorating at their bases and need replacement, in part. The Museum will enlist the help of Master Carpenter and Architectural Ace Michael Maruschewski, friend and supporter of the Society. 

"We've known Mike long enough to pronounce his name correctly, but we're not so sure about the spelling,” commented Museum Director, Lori Strelecki.

Giant ‘thermometer’

Look for a giant, painted column to be raised in front of the Museum to act as a "thermometer" in measuring the funds raised. The first donation of $500 was made by Louis and Barbara Bataille; Lou is a member of the PCHS Board and maintains the memorial gardens at the Columns, as well as doing cleanup work in many of Pike County's cemeteries with volunteer Bill Gardner.

Lou also purchased and planted a tree dedicated to all volunteers, past and present, which will be dedicated in the near future, on the grounds of the Museum.

Donations can be sent to PCHS at 608 Broad Street, Milford, PA 18337. Stop by in person and show your support Wednesday through Sunday between 1 and 4 pm.., meet the staff and take a tour.