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Historical Hodge-Podge “Wallpaper Talks”

March 18, 2009
The Luminary

From East Lycoming Historical Society (ELHS)

Depending on the object, a variety of methods can unravel the aging process. For volunteers at ELHS, we were as excited as children exploring grandma's attic, while in awe of the recent gift of the building at 66 South Main Street, Hughesville.

Every partition, evidence of every closed or reset door and window, gave our eyes and imaginations opportunity to see the past, much of it recalled by those who'd visited or were former owners of the site.

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A choir loft remains on the second level of the building erected to serve as a Lutheran Church. Cloistered high in the uppermost corners, remnants of aged wallpaper remain adhered to walls.

Still obvious yet dimmed a bit by dust and time, the ornate replicas of columns accompanied by swirls of the fleur-de-lis, had been married into the paper's design.

With the utmost care, large sections were extracted, cleaned, framed and now hang among displays on the main floor.

In addition to walls, paper of another design clings on what is believed the first of many ceiling levels. Its light background is stamped with a circular design of stars on a background of cross-hatches.

Every building has a history, and in man's obsession to demolish and replace, there's often a catch in our collective breath as we pause to admire salvaged bits of history.



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