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New exhibit a highlight of D-Day museum event

CONNEAUT — A new exhibit at the North Coast D-Day Museum in Conneaut will be featured at an open house Saturday afternoon.

A depiction of a typical kitchen from the 1940s, complete with period appliances, was added to the Home Front portion of the museum, located at 851 Harbor St. (at the corner of Lake Road).

The open house, which runs noon to 5 p.m., will also feature civilian and military re-enactors, classic vehicles and performances by the Everley Sisters (1:30 p.m. and 3:30 p.m.), who evoke the sound and style of the Andrew Sisters.

Admission is free.

The open house is designed to bring some attention to the museum, which is open noon to 5 p.m. Saturdays and Sundays through Labor Day, said Kevin Meier, chairman of the museum committee.

“It’s still a well-kept secret that we exist,” he said.

Before it became a museum, the building had served as Conneaut’s Hungarian Reformed Church for decades. A kitchen found in the church’s basement as workers were cleaning served as inspiration for the new display, Meier said.

Appliances from the era were located, including a 1936 General Electric refrigerator — donated by a Conneaut resident — still in working order, Meier said. “Period-appropriate” wallpaper adorns the exhibit area, as well as accessories and little touch like salt and pepper shakers, he said.

In a nod to the building’s roots, some Hungarian tchotchkes were obtained from the Rev. Stephen Szilagyi of Conneaut, Meier said.

Work on the display began in January and was finished shortly before the museum opened for the season in May, Meier said.

The museum’s Home Front exhibit was relocated to the basement this year to compliment the kitchen display, which marks the second major undertaking for the museum in as many years. In 2017, a ramp was built that gives disabled persons access to the main floor, a project made possible by grant dollars and donations.

The museum opened its doors on a regular basis in 2016, Meier said. It sits a short distance from Township Park, home to D-Day Conneaut, which takes place in August and is one of the largest World War II re-enactments in the country.

Volunteers consider the museum part of the “mission” of D-Day Conneaut, which is to tell the story of World War II, the military that fought and the civilians who awaited their return, Meier said.

“All in all, it was an inclusive effort to win that war,” he said.

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