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Civil War museum moving to Holmesburg

GAR Civil War Miuseum & Library, 4278 Griscom St.

Holmesburg Civic Association last week approved a proposal by the nonprofit Grand Army of the Republic Museum & Library to move to 8110 Frankford Ave.

The museum needs a variance because the property, built in 1805, is zoned residential. In fact, people live in the house at present.

A Zoning Board of Adjustment hearing on Zoom is scheduled for Oct. 6.

The Times previously reported that the museum wanted to move out of its location at 4278 Griscom St. in Frankford for three reasons: better visibility, improved accessibility and a safer neighborhood.

The museum is counting on ZBA approval, as settlement will take place on July 6.

Joe Perry, president of the museum, said admission to the museum is free, though donations are accepted. Volunteers run the building, which is open Tuesdays. There are Sunday programs, and group visits can be scheduled by appointment.

At its new location, the museum will have off-street parking at Holmesburg United Methodist Church. Parking will also be available at Emmanuel Resurrection Episcopal Church.

Stan Cywinski, president of the Upper Holmesburg Civic Association and an aide to City Councilman Bobby Henon, described the museum as a great addition to the neighborhood.

In other news, Henon and state Rep. Joe Hohenstein will hold a veterans appreciation barbecue on July 10, from 1 to 4 p.m., at Frankford and Cottman avenues. Veterans and their families are invited to attend the event, which will feature dozens of vendors; veteran-specific federal, state and city resources; music; and free food. Hohenstein’s staff will be on site to assist with SEPTA Senior Key Cards, Real ID information and veterans assistance program information.

Meanwhile, Mount Zion Baptist Church, Welsh Road and Erdrick Street, will hold a community day on June 26, from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. There will be food, prizes, games, giveaways, children’s activities and prayers.

The next Holmesburg Civic Association meeting will be on Sept. 14. ••

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