Museum Receives Gift Of Faith


When burglars robbed the Pine Museum last fall and stole local artifacts worth more than $50,000, they took a little piece of the community's faith, too.

Some of the museum's local patrons withdrew the heirlooms they'd loaned the museum for display because they worried they weren't safe anymore.

The crime remains unsolved, but members of a pioneer family are taking steps to restore the community's faith in the museum.

This week, Lufkin and Mary Hunt, who already have heirlooms on loan at the museum, brought in a number of family items and artifacts that were found on their property in Strawberry.

"People have to know what they did and how they lived back then," Lufkin said. More than 70 years ago, Hunt was born in the cabin he lives in today.

Grandma Rose's rocking chair sits in the room bearing her photo, Lufkin said. A petroglyph, a stone carving and an old political license plate also were added to the more than 100 items the family has donated to the museum over the years.

Lufkin's World War II uniform, quilts made by his grandmother, family serving pieces and a variety of pictures are now on display.

To protect the heirlooms and community treasures in the museum, new metal front doors and plates have been installed to prevent would-be thieves from jimmying the door locks Barbara Grillo, acquisition officer for the Pine Museum, said.

Museum officials are actively looking for new display items, by loan or donation, Grillo said.

"We don't think (a burglary) will happen again," she said.

The Pine Museum is in the Pine Community Center on Highway 87. It's open daily from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. For more information, call 476-3955.

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