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Eagle Scout project to convert American Maple Museum’s second floor

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CROGHAN — The American Maple Museum will soon have a new upstairs conference and education room, courtesy of an Eagle Scout project.

“We’re kind of trying to breathe new life into it,” said Jake T. Ledoux, a senior at Beaver River Central School.

For the past several months, he and other volunteers, including several other local Boy Scouts and Sea Cadets, have been clearing out a 700-square-foot room on the second floor of the Main Street museum.

“This was just a junk room,” said Mr. Ledoux, son of Steven W. and Michele E. Ledoux, Croghan.

The old carpeting and wallboard also were removed, and plans are to soon install insulated sheetrock on the walls, then cover part of that with boards cut at the Croghan Island Mill Lumber Co.

Electrical upgrades and installation of more energy-efficient lighting are also in the works.

“It will make a nice conference room, which the Maple Museum currently lacks,” Mr. Ledoux said.

One end of the room also will be developed as a classroom setting for both student and adult education programs “so it serves a couple of purposes,” he said.

Mr. Ledoux has been sending letters to businesses seeking donations and is hoping to fill the room with donated furniture, including a conference table, as well as audio-visual and projection equipment.

Anyone interested in assisting with the project may contact him at 346-1741.

The goal is to complete the project in time for the museum’s grand opening ceremony in late May, Mr. Ledoux said.

Windows in the room and throughout the building were replaced in recent years as part of an ongoing capital campaign. That project also included installing a ramp last year that made the museum more handicapped-accessible.

The American Maple Museum was founded in Beaver Falls in 1977 to showcase the history and evolution of the maple syrup industry. It was moved to its current location, formerly Father Leo Memorial School, in 1980 when the building was donated to museum directors by Robert and Florence Lamb.

The museum is open from Memorial Day through early September.

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