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Carroll County Times

Leister's Store museum in Pleasant Valley has closed

PLEASANT VALLEY - A sign in the window of the Leister's Store, A Pleasant Valley Memories Museum reads, "Sorry, museum closed. Artifact donors will be contacted to arrange for pick-up of your items."

The museum, a nonprofit, opened in 2008 with the mission to collect, house and care for artifacts and information about the town, people and history of Pleasant Valley.

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The original store was in the community from 1929 until it closed around 2001.

Edward Leister, who volunteers at the museum, said in a phone interview it was previously his uncle's store. He declined to comment further about the museum's status because he is not the owner of the property, he said.

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The property owner, Angela Bowersox, had not returned calls to her home or cellphone from the Times as of 6 p.m. Monday.

Joan Shearer, of Manchester, was told of the museum closing by Leister during a phone call Friday.

Shearer had made watercolor prints of the museum and was asked to pick them up from the property. She is disappointed that the museum is now closed.

"It's so unique, I hate to see it go," she said.

Many people have worked hard to keep the museum open. There is even a documentary about the town and the store that they would show museum visitors, Shearer said.

"People just like the [community] itself and now whatever they have there is going away," she said.


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