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Armstrong County historical museum plans to bury skeleton

| Friday, Feb. 26, 2010

KITTANNING — The Armstrong County Historical Museum and Genealogical Society has decided the future of some old bones kept in its museum in the McCain House on North McKean Street.

Officials said they aren't keeping any skeletons in their museum anymore.

The remains of an unidentified 21-year-old female can finally rest in peace, they said. They are going to bury the remains.

"It's somewhat improper and immoral to have her skeleton against a wall in a museum," said Ron Crytzer, vice president of the historical society. "She's been here as long as anyone can remember."

Crytzer said an examination of the bones was able to determine the age and gender. Her height is measured to be 5-foot-4-inches.

"We don't know who it is, where the skeleton came from or how long it's been in the museum," said Crytzer. "I think it came along with the building.

"We're going to have a proper burial for her now," he said. "A minister and a service as soon as the weather improves."

Jack Bauer of Bauer Family Funeral Homes in Kittanning has told museum officials that he can have the bones cremated.

"We're looking to see if we can find a plot in a cemetery or at the old county home," Crytzer said.

Former museum curator Vista Csir, who is working on an inventory of the museum, thinks what they're doing with the skeleton is the proper thing to do.

"It is sad to see it go though," Csir said. "It took the children's interest."

Volunteers have been working to refurbish the 167-year-old museum house before it reopens in the spring.

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