Local group works to restore Wellsville’s historic tabernacle

WELLSVILLE – In 2009, the Wellsville Tabernacle was closed to the public after an attempt to update the heating and cooling system led to the discovery of over-stressed truss beams. Today, members of the Wellsville Tabernacle Foundation continue their fight to save the historic building, which has been a part of the community since approximately 1902, and promote the effort on a

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.”Many people think that the building is condemned but it isn’t,” Julie Johnson, a member of the foundation, said. “At this point the building is not beyond repair, it just needs structural updates.”The Wellsville Tabernacle Foundation, a non-profit organization formed in 1994, is currently working to raise the $150,000 needed to repair and re-open the historic building.”So far we’ve raised around $5,000 from community support alone,” Kaylene Ames, president of the foundation said. “We’re also actively seeking grant money and donations.”The Tabernacle, which was used as a community center from 1994 to 2009, once hosted various events, clubs and classes. “At one point the building was being rented two to three times a day,” Ames said. “What many people don’t realize is that without the Tabernacle, there is no other place in the community for people to do those things.”

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