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Museum in Wellsburg expanded to more than double its previous size

The National American Defenders of Batten and Corregidor Museum, Education and Research Center in Wellsburg has expanded.

The National American Defenders of Batten and Corregidor Museum, Education and Research Center in Wellsburg has expanded.

Located in the back of the Brooke County Public Library, the museum houses the largest collection of its kind. In fact, it was so big, officials were simply running out of space. The expansion has more than doubled its size and is now a 4,500 square-foot facility.

Construction that began last May recently wrapped up, and a team is organizing the displays.

“You'll see hundred-year-old riding boots,” Curator Jim Brockman said. “You'll see documents signed by Patrick Henry, you'll see that medals and various other things that people have given us.”

The $630,000 project means new additions, like a special climate-controlled room to ensure temperature and humidity don't destroy the most valuable pieces.

“That's where all of the high-quality, rare documents will be placed so they don't deteriorate …” Brockman said.

The ‘Wellsburg Room’ will house memorabilia from all wars -- and has a local connection.

“It's a tribute to those men and women who served in all wars in this panhandle area and West Virginia,” Brockman said.

The ‘River Room’ features a full kitchen and high-tech capabilities.

“You could have conferences,” Brockman said. “You can have meetings and will use that. We have our potential Death March reenactment to show some of our video itself that we have the we are trying to preserve.”

These are amenities for a priceless journey through history that you can visit free of charge.

“We want people to understand it we want to keep history live we want people to know but it's an important part of world war ii history

the grand opening will take place at 10 a.m. on May 5.

The public is welcome.

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