What’s next for Historical Society Museum?


TERRE HAUTE, Ind. (WTHI) – The massive clean up took more than 10 days at the future home of the Vigo County Historical Society Museum, but the building on Wabash Avenue is dried out, after a pipe burst made a real mess of the site.

“This morning I’m smiling instead of the situation that I found before,” said Marylee Hagan, with the Historical Society.

A pipe burst during the winter storms last Wednesday. It happened on the third floor flooding most of the 40,000 square foot building.

“Thousands of gallons of water pumped through this building. We don’t know what time in the middle of the night the fire system water broke, but it was pretty bad. Water was rushing into Wabash Avenue,” Hagan said.

The sounds of rushing water now gone, after just 10 days of cleanup.

“We are standing a building that is dry. The thousands of square feet of carpeting that are out of here that were soaked with water, like 25 huge dumpsters full of carpet and debris that has come out of the building,” she said.

Hagan calls the transformation a miracle.

“Anything from ceramic tile, carpet floors, drywall, trim, insulation, basically anything in the entire commercial building was affected in this one since it started on the third floor and continued to the basement,” said Chad Overton, Owner of Servpro in Terre Haute.

Despite hundreds of thousands of dollars worth of damage Hagan simply said the incident is  a little bump in the road.

“One of the things that came out of this that is really a blessing is we wanted to use the original wood floors of this clothing factory that was built in the 1800’s, and those we’re able to be saved,” Hagan explained.

Now they are moving forward with plans to keep a piece history alive in downtown Terre Haute.

“Now we’re a little bit further along on the demolition that we had to do on this wonderful, historic building that were glad to save for downtown Terre Haute and ourselves,” said Hagan.

The Historical Society is planning a campaign to raise money for renovations.

Hagan says they are going to need a lot of help from the community to transform the building into the future museum.

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