Newspaper article Pittsburgh Post-Gazette (Pittsburgh, PA)

North Allegheny History Museum to Get New Home Beattie Students to Build a Space for It

Newspaper article Pittsburgh Post-Gazette (Pittsburgh, PA)

North Allegheny History Museum to Get New Home Beattie Students to Build a Space for It

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As curator of the North Allegheny History Museum, Joe Bullick has been making history come alive for students.

Soon, the historical artifacts will be available to a wider audience when McCandless builds a new museum to house what the 83- year-old Mr. Bullick affectionately refers to as his "flea market of history," which has been exhibited since 2009 in McKnight Elementary School on Cumberland Road.

A former North Allegheny custodian for 40 years and a former semi- pro baseball player, Mr. Bullick of Pine, never thought he would become the curator of a museum.

But people kept giving him old photos, antique cameras, maps, toys from past decades, North Allegheny uniforms, typewriters and telephones. That's when he asked the school board to give him a permanent space.

Unfortunately, "permanent" did not mean "forever." Mr. Bullick was informed earlier this year that he would have to move.

"McCandless . is saving my museum," he said as he prepared to catalog and relocate the record players, pedal cars, baseball bats, jukebox, pinball machine, yearbooks, antique dolls and even the doorknob from a beloved teacher's classroom in the old Ingomar Elementary school, which burned down in 1960.

"Joe Bullick has spent a lifetime embracing the history and culture of the North Allegheny School District, the Town of McCandless, and the Wexford area," said McCandless manager Toby Cordek.

"When Joe told me his collection needed a permanent home, I proceeded to town council, and they concurred wholeheartedly."

The new museum will be built between the McCandless-Franklin Park Ambulance Authority and Lorraine G. Rogers Memorial Soccer Fields, with access from Grubbs Road.

The existing museum will remain in McKnight Elementary School for another year. Mr. Bullick said individuals who want to donate an item are welcome to stop by.

Designed by architect Ralph Sterzinger of RSSC Architecture of Pine to replicate a one-room schoolhouse, the new museum will have a main floor for displays and a basement for the storage of rotating exhibits. …

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