Plans can change quickly, the Stewartstown Historical Society learned last week.

The society was ready to move its belongings into temporary storage, having lost its old home in a borough-owned building.

But a society supporter, Gordon Wisnom, came to the rescue, president Becky Manifold said.

Wisnom offered to rent space to the society on Mill Street in Stewartstown at a generous rate, Manifold said.

The location is less prominent than the society's old home on North Main Street, Manifold said, but members are planning some promotional events when the new spot is ready to open in about a month.

Plus, the new home is three times bigger than the society's old digs, Manifold said, allowing it to set up museumlike displays.

The society doesn't make much money, relying mainly on membership dues and gifts from local governments, so it is grateful to Wisnom for the reduced rate, Manifold said.

The society's future became cloudy last month, when the borough informed members they had to move by May 31. The society shared a building with Stewartstown's police department, which was plagued by mold.

Borough officials looked for a new police facility but decided that option was too expensive. Relocating the police to the historical society's headquarters was the best choice, borough administrator Susan Grow said at the time.
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