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Sulphur’s Brimstone Museum to get historical addition

SULPHUR, LA (KPLC) -

It may not look like much now, but this old building will soon be a major component to Sulphur's Brimstone Museum.

The old building was moved to the site on Monday morning.

Museum officials believe it has historical value. They are researching reports that it was part of the original Sulphur mines.

"It's great old building that A & B Transport owned and were going to tear it down. We wanted to preserve its history so they donated it to us," said Johnny Thomas, of the Brimstone Historic Society.

Museum officials have been working to get the building moved for over a year. The building and museum will undergo a $150,000 restoration. 

"It's a good investment. I've been to other cities that really showcase their heritage and with our centennial celebration coming up, we really want to make this something we can be proud of. Because we are very proud of Sulphur," said Marilyn Broussard, president of the Brimstone Historical Society.

The new building will house a gift shop and offices to make more room for exhibits in the actual museum.

"We're able to display roughly 20 percent of our artifacts and photographs and newspaper articles and things that we have collected over the years. So, this expansion will allow us to get a lot more out into the rotation and display a lot more of that history for the public," said Tom Trahan, the museum's executive director.

Museum officials plan to offer a program for local schools to teach young people about Sulphur's history.

"You don't know where you are going until you know where you have been. So, it's important that the future generations understand why their ancestors settled here, worked here, lived here and raised their families here," Thomas said.

The $150,000 to do the work came from several sources including grant money, a donation from the parish and a $50,000 donation from the City of Sulphur.

Anyone who would like to donate their time to help do some of the restorations is asked to call the Brimstone Museum at 337-527-0357.

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