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Organizations rally around Simpler Times Museum

Photo from the Warren County Historical Society Facebook page The future of the Simple Times Museum north of Tidioute is potentially up the air and several local historical organizations have expressed support for the organization.

With the status of the Simpler Times Museum potentially up in the air, several community organizations are coming to its defense with letters of support.

The museum is located about four miles north of Tidioute on US 62.

The Warren County Historical Society shared a letter from the museum on Facebook.

“The vision of our founders, Bruce E. and Annis H. Ziegler and the stated mission of Simpler Times Museum is historical preservation and education of local petroleum, agriculture and timber industr(ies),” the letter states.

“During each summer of operation volunteers receive travelers, motorcyclists, car clubs and our priority visitors, youth groups, which we welcome without donation and provide with an educational scavenger hunt.

“Some members of our Board of Directors have suggested that our museum serve sno legitimate purpose and it is suspected will move oat our anticipated May 2021 board meeting to dissolve the corporation and close the museum in its 31st year of operation.”

The Historical Society called the museum a “fantastic place” and encouraged its supporters to consider writing letters of support. Those letters are to be emailed to bziegler96@yahoo.com.

“Take some time to help a local organization,” the Warren County Chamber of Business & Industry added in a post.

Beth Ziegler spoke to the Tidioute Longevity Committee on Thursday and explained the situation — stating that her parents started the collection 31 years ago but have both died.

She said there have been some rumblings that some board members “feel (there is) no purpose in continuing it.”

Ziegler said she’s received letters of support from the Oil Creek & Titusville Railroad as well as the Elk Township Historical Society. Letters are also expected from Tidioute Borough and the Warren County Historical Society.

She added she’s also received letters from “lots” of individuals.

The Tidioute Longevity Committee added its name to that list, signing on to a letter showing “strong support” for museum and the belief that preserving history is important for the future.

Ziegler said the museum has “very little expense” and that financial viability is not an issue.

Cindy Paulmier with the committee said that anything they can do to support “we will do it.”

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