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McKeesport Regional History & Heritage Center reopened to the public last week and debuted a new exhibit, “Arts and Entertainment of the Mon Valley.”
The display features the stories of those artists who have come from the Mon Valley and works of entertainment created in the Mon Valley.
The center is operating at 50 percent capacity and will eventually accommodate a larger percentage of visitors once permitted, said Teresa Trich, community outreach director.
“We have implemented a new social distancing policy for all visitors and staff while taking extensive measures to ensure all spaces are safe and sanitary, including the frequent and thorough cleaning of high-touch areas and the addition of hand sanitizing stations throughout the museum,” Trich said.
The museum, located in Renziehausen Park, has been closed since March.
“We are eager to reopen and continue to showcase the Mon Valley’s rich history. The health and safety of our patrons, volunteers, and staff are our top priority,” said David Moore, museum manager. “While we were closed, the staff and I have worked hard to preserve our region’s history, develop new virtual content and programming, and prepare for when we can welcome the public back in our doors.”
More details on policies, including reservation recommendations and new procedures, are available on the center’s website, www.mckeesportheritage.org.
In addition, the center will present “Suffrage: The Road to the Vote for American Women” at 7 p.m. Thursday (June 18). The program will be presented in cooperation with the Heinz Regional History Center in Pittsburgh as a free, online broadcast via Zoom and Facebook.
To register, visit www.mckeesportheritage.org/summer-speaker-series-2020.
The “Fireside Chats With Dave” series will continue at 7 p.m. Wednesday (June 17) when Moore will present the final installment of his series of discussions about the history of golf in western Pennsylvania. The chats are broadcast live on the center’s Facebook page.
Originally published June 16, 2020.