From our Executive Director for Development and Expansion, Emerson Nettles:
On New Year’s Eve of 2015, a raging inferno devastated much of historic Washerst, PA, and it destroyed the Emmett Lee Dickinson Museum (above the coin-op laundromat on Dickinson Boulevard). We wrote about the destruction on January 2, 2016 (HERE), and in that post, we noted, “When it comes to the ‘bricks and mortar,’ we do plan to rebuild.” Now, over one year since the disaster, we have exciting news about our renewal efforts: We have entered talks with Barbara Seville Realty Group to lease the abandoned Dickinson Lanes on Dickinson Boulevard as a possible home for the Emmett Lee Dickinson.
Of course, all of our precious and priceless Dickinson artifacts were lost in the conflagration; however we have purchased a 3D printer to recreate many of our lost artifacts. Plus, we are in talks with the Howie Doohan General Wax and Candle Company to recreate the former museum’s Great Hall of Wax Figures.
Above: Calamity in Washerst.
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Pictured below: The abandoned Dickinson Lanes Bowling Alley will be the future Emmett Lee Dickinson Museum.