SHICKSHINNY, LUZERNE COUNTY (WBRE/WYOU-TV) Preserving history to benefit the future…That’s the mission of the Shickshinny Historical Society. The historic building that was left for dead is getting a new life and will be a centerpiece of that community’s revitalization. The I-Team’s Andy Mehalshick shows us “a work in progress..”
“Preservation is important because we learn from history. We learn and we try not to make those same mistakes.” Said George Hasay on Friday,
George Hasay’s family has lived in the Shickshinny area for generations. For him, the 107-year-old building on Main Street is more than just an old building. It was built in 1911 and is known as the FLT Building..that’s short for Faith Loyalty and Trust. It was the home of the International Order of Odd Fellows, a fraternal organization that helped those in need in the early part of the 20th century.
Jim Bach is leading the efforts to transform this place into a museum. That effort includes gathering historical items from eras gone by.
“People have given them to us.We found stuff. We’ve had some people that passed away it was from there estate that sort of thing.” said Bach,
But there are a lot of repairs that have to be done. Especially on the second floor..
“We’ve got to have new windows. We are going to be able to have historical classes here maybe some yoga classes. This will be something for the whole area, not just Shickshinny but the greater Shickshinny area. ” noted Bach.
And that will be made possible..thanks to a State Gaming Grant of $110,000…
“Ultimately when it is completed people will have a place to come. Young people will know the value and understand the history of this great community.” Said State Senator Lisa Baker.
Learn more about the Shickshinny Historical Society https://www.facebook.com/ShickshinnyAreaHistoricalSociety