Danielson Center Management Plan

Hours The Library is open during the MAKC Board’s quarterly meetings, held the third Saturday of February, May, August and November, from 10 a.m. to noon. MAKC members volunteer at various times, and can be available to allow use of the facility for researchers. While the main part of the collection is for research and […]

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Library Gets New Paint Job

By Tom Metzgar Building Committee Back in 2009 when we bought our Blairsville headquarters complex, we knew it would require a lot of work. That’s a major reason why we got it for such a low price. Poor “curb appeal” made these buildings less desirable. During our first eight years of ownership, we focused on […]

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Restored Sign In Library

By Dean Snyder The Alexander Caverns sign was discovered in a barn near Milroy. It was obtained by Todd Karshner, who brought it to a MAR field meet at Rupert Cave. It was on sheet metal and was mounted on plywood. There was no marking on the sign to indicate who painted it, or its […]

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Library Renovations in 2016

By Tom Metzgar It’s November 6th, and the caves are closed for bats. Dave Field had a hankering to go caving, so he suited up and slithered into the crawlspace under the downstairs bathroom. Here, he’s dumping a bucket of 1A gravel on top of the newly-installed vapor barrier over what had been a bare […]

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Library Books Catalogued

Cataloguing all of the books in the MAKC library was a challenge, a time-consuming challenge. If anyone has a specific research need, let us know. I think periodically, as time permits, I’ll write a little bit in the newsletter about some of our books. For fiction books and children’s books, we do permit lending to […]

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Brick Project Progressing

MAKC is raising money for its library and education center in Blairsville by giving cavers the opportunity to buy a brick in honor of or memory of a friend, family member, favorite pet, loved one, grotto, or cave. We have had many benefactors thus far from all over the place. Board member Jeff Jahn has […]

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MAKC House Projects

The MAKC recently acquired a house in Blairsville, Pennsylvania, for approximately $28,000, paid in full with funds donated for an education center and library. Significant collections have already been donated to the conservancy, including an original postcard index created by the late Dale Ibberson; the Frank Mielcarek Collection of slides, which were saved from a […]

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MAKC Open House May 15, 2010

The MAKC invites all of its members to attend the grand opening of its cave and karst education center and library at 137 East Campbell Street, Blairsville, PA 15717 at 1 p.m. Saturday, May 15. We will have an outdoor backyard barbecue throughout the day. Please feel free to bring any food items you wish […]

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House Projects Completed

I wanted to take a few minutes to thank all the volunteers we had this past (August work) weekend for their help and participation. We accomplished removing all the rugs and carpets in the entire house. Two rooms were painted with primer and are ready for the next step. The two rooms downstairs have nice […]

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History Behind The Library Purchase

The Mid-Atlantic Karst Conservancy has tossed around the idea of a headquarters for a number of years, ever since we’ve been given donations of books, slides and other material to develop an archive of caving in our region. Available space at the various members’ homes where the items are now stored is at a minimum, […]

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Danielson Center Sponsors

Challenge Grant Donors for the New Danielson $30,000 Challenge Grant for the Bob and Bev Danielson Library and Cave and Karst Education Center, Updated 2-14-10   We have $19,335.09 in donations This is 64 percent of our challenge goal… Donation from Crystal Cave, Inc. Paul Damon, Sr., MAKC archivist; Denise Damon Patterson; Paul Damon, Jr., archives […]

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