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Museum’s open house celebration coincides with Dean Martin Festival

Dean Martin Room at museum features variety of memorabilia

EXTENDING MUSEUM HOSPITALITY — Charlie Green, first vice president of the Jefferson County Historical Association, stands in the Dean Martin room at the association’s museum located at 426 Franklin Ave., Steubenville. The second-story room features a variety of Martin memorabilia and welcomes visitors to its open house celebration this week, which coincides with the Dean Martin Festival on Thursday through Saturday. Among items on display is a wedding gown Martin’s seamstress mother Angela Crocetti made during the 1940s. -- Janice Kiaski

STEUBENVILLE — The Jefferson County Historical Association will hold its annual open house celebration to coincide with the Dean Martin Festival set for Thursday through Saturday.

On Thursday and Friday, the museum, located at 426 Franklin Ave., Steubenville, will be open from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. for visitors and tours. Refreshments will be offered.

On Saturday, the museum will be open from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. with trolley rides running to the museum from 2 p.m. to 4 p.m. Hot dogs, chips and refreshments will be made available to visitors who stop by during those hours. They also can enjoy old photos of Steubenville that will be displayed throughout the yard. Tours of the museum will be available upon request.

The Dean Martin Room on the second floor of the museum will be a focus during this time of celebration. The room will showcase memorabilia of Martin’s life throughout his career. Items of interest include record albums; the Dean Martin Celebrity Roast shows on VHS and documentaries of his life, which can be viewed in the room; pictures of the Rat Pack group; and several photos of family and friends. There also is a tapestry of Dean Martin and friends on the wall, It mimics the mural in the Hollywood Shopping Center.

The association museum is staffed by volunteers and is open every Wednesday and Thursday from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. for tours. Other times can be arranged by calling the museum in advance at (740) 283-1133. The museum also includes the Vivian Snyder Genealogical Library, which is available for those interested in researching their family history.

Admission to the museum is free, but donations are appreciated. Officers are Judy Brancazio, president; Charlies Green, vice president; Dennis Milko, treasurer; and Sandy Higgs, secretary.

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