The Weirton Area Museum and Cultural Center recently observed an important milestone in its history, marking one year in its current location.
With origins dating back to 1984 and establishing its first solid location in 2006, the museum opened its current home - at 3149 Main St., the former Home Furniture building - Nov. 12, 2011.
A great deal of work has gone into establishing such a depository of local history, and museum officials say they are nowhere near being finished with plans to renovate the entrance of the building as well as the second and third floors among their next big projects.
Along the way, the Weirton Area Museum and Cultural Center has found itself as a focal point in the community, a place where residents and visitors alike can go to look back on where we have been, traveling from our frontier roots to the steel boom days and our current events.
There is everything from historical photographs and books to high school memorabilia, military items related to the city and items once belonging to Weirton's founding fathers, as well as a large collection of the cherished Weirton Steel Employee Bulletins.
The museum also has become a part of the Weirton social scene, putting together two annual community activities and a variety of special exhibits and lectures.
Among those is the annual Weirton Festival of Nations, which will make its return in April, and the Robert Haworth Memorial Art Show held each fall and showcasing the artistic talents of many Weirton natives.
We owe a great deal to those who have dedicated their lives to bringing this museum together, preserving its collection and working to ensure these valuable items would have a home.
We congratulate them all on their accomplishments to date, and look forward to what they bring us in the future.