Leah Joyce helps remove debris from the new site of the Rural Letter Carrier's Museum. Photo submitted by Ben Finke.
Leah Joyce helps remove debris from the new site of the Rural Letter Carrier's Museum. Photo submitted by Ben Finke.

Volunteers convened at 9 a.m. on the morning of Saturday, Aug. 10th to begin demolition in the newest addition to the Yellow Trail Museum.

The neighboring building, purchased in June, will soon house the Indiana Rural Letter Carriers’ Museum. Many remember the museum’s former, long-term residence on the western side of the Hope Town Square, as museum director Barb Johnson described in a recent article. 

The new location served as Hope’s library for many years. (And while the volunteer workers might have preferred the smell of old books to that of old drywall, that did not seem to stifle their efforts.) Kathy Clouse indicated that the front two-thirds of the building will be dedicated to the mail carriers' display, while the latter third will be used to properly store other artifacts related to the Letter Carriers’ Museum. 

Teachers, coaches, students, and other community members gave of their time that morning to take out drywall, ceiling, and other items in order to make way for what once was -- and will soon again be -- a treasured piece of our town’s history.  Volunteers were able to fill an entire dumpster with trash and debris. Demolition will be on-going, but Yellow Trail members hope to turn what once seemed a distant project into reality.

While proud residents were hard at work back in our surprising little town, Barb Johnson, Ed Johnson, and Susan Thayer-Fye traveled to and currently attend the National Rural Letter Carriers’ Association convention in Grapevine, Texas. They maintained a booth and share information during the NRLCA convention about our own piece of history. We could not have hoped for better representation!

Additional volunteer opportunities can be viewed on the Yellow Trail Museum’s Facebook page.