The Museums of Historic Hopkinsville-Christian County is thrilled to announce the Grand Re-opening of the Pennyroyal Area Museum on Thursday, Feb. 27.

A ribbon cutting with the Christian County Chamber of Commerce will be at 3 p.m. with comments and tours of the building to follow. Light refreshments will be served, and Vansauwa’s Tacos & Vegan Eats will be on site. The Grand Re-opening of the community’s first museum is free and open to the public.

With up to $1 million provided by a special transient room tax put in place by Christian County Fiscal Court, the Museums of Historic Hopkinsville-Christian County has renovated the old Post Office, the home of the Pennyroyal Area Museum since 1976. Built in 1913-15, this elegant, beautiful building was in need of upgrades to provide a space that can best showcase the history. In addition to the building renovation, the museum staff have redesigned and created an updated exhibition to tell the stories of the community.

REB Architects from Nicholasville served as lead architects on the renovation project. Specializing in historic preservation projects, REB Architects have worked on historic buildings in Hopkinsville, Dawson Springs and Eddyville in this region and have a long resumè of experience with historic structures throughout the state and surrounding area.

C&C Contracting out of Russellville served as the contractors on the project. Their team has done great work to upgrade the building while honoring its historic integrity. Major improvements to the building include hazardous material abatement, the addition of new restrooms, upgraded electrical and lighting systems, a fire suppression system, fresh paint and the replacement of the original roof.

Flutter & Wow Museum Projects, based in Ann Arbor, Mich., have designed, fabricated and are actively installing the exhibition in our main gallery space. Jason Stevens and his team at Flutter & Wow create unique museum exhibits that provide interactive experiences for visitors, and they have treated the community’s history with a respectful and playful approach.

An exclusive Preview Party will be on Friday, Feb. 21, for all donors to our capital campaign. Visit http://www.museumsofhopkinsville.org/makehistory/ or call 270-887-4270 for information and to make a donation. More than 130 individuals and businesses have already contributed or pledged to support this project.

The Museums of Historic Hopkinsville-Christian County includes the Pennyroyal Area Museum (217 E. 9th Street) and the Woody Winfree Fire-Transportation Museum (310 E. 9th Street). Both museums are currently closed as staff prepare to re-open the Pennyroyal Area Museum after an extensive renovation. For more information, visit www.MuseumsofHopkinsville.org.