The DeMoulin Museum is welcoming visitors this weekend for the first time at its new home. Last November the Museum purchased the former Central Christian Church building at 205 S. Prairie Street in Greenville. Since then, renovations have been made to the church, constructed in 1882, while maintaining the structure’s historical integrity. The sanctuary’s stained glass windows, wood trim, and pews remain while the baptismal was donated to the Columbus Baptist Church of rural Keyesport.
The DeMoulin Museum’s move was dictated by a lack of space for artifacts and a growing number of large bus tour groups visiting. Since its opening on March 20, 2010, the DeMoulin Museum has welcomed over 7,000 visitors from over 40 states and several foreign countries. The Museum tells the story of DeMoulin Bros. & Co., founded in Greenville in 1892 as a manufacturer of fraternal lodge regalia, paraphernalia and initiation devices. The factory shifted its focus to marching band uniforms and continues to be an industry leader today.
The quirky lodge initiation devices—with names like the lifting and spanking machine, surprise chair, and Ferris wheel goat—are the Museum’s drawing card. In September 2017, the DeMoulin Museum was named by gobankingrates.com as one of “The 16 Weirdest Museums in the World.” The travel blog One Weird Globe has described it as a “must see destination.” Roadside America, an authority on quirky destinations, in its review wrote, “Although small and modest, the DeMoulin Museum is one that we’ll remember long after larger, slicker attractions are forgotten.”
John Goldsmith, DeMoulin Museum Curator, commented, “Our volunteers have been working hard the last couple months getting our new home ready. We couldn’t have asked for a better location than this historic building. We’re all excited about the new opportunities the additional space will provide us.”
The Museum will be open Saturday, February 24 from 10 a.m. until 2:00 p.m. and Sunday, February 25 from 2:00 to 4:00 p.m. The Greenville Chamber of Commerce will conduct a ribbon cutting at 10:00 a.m. on Saturday. A brief program will be follow. DeMoulin retirees, current and former employees are invited for a reunion on Sunday which will include a group photo at 2:30 p.m. Free refreshments will be served both days.
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