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Friday, January 3, 2014

Local Ole Bull Museum Project On ‘Hold’

Local Ole Bull Museum Project On ‘Hold’

jan12olebullolebullA non-profit organization, the Spunky Norwegian Foundation, has not moved forward on plans announced some time ago to establish a museum honoring famed violinist Ole Bull and an accompanying Scandinavian gift shop in Potter County. The foundation has set aside $20,000 as seed money for the project and has announced intentions to seek a site along Rt. 6 in the Galeton area, but there are no imminent plans to move forward. A spokesman said the museum would include remnants of the tourist attraction that was open each summer for many years along Rt. 44 in Carter Camp, south of Cherry Springs State Park.

Ole Bull (1810-80) was an internationally known performer and composer who acquired land in southern Potter County in 1852 to establish communities that he envisioned would be occupied by thousands of fellow Norwegians. However, the combination of poor planning, issues with deed reservations, climate and terrain not conducive to agriculture spelled the colony’s demise. Within two years, all but a handful of the 200-plus Norwegians who followed Bull to Potter County had departed and the musician stepped back onto the world stage, never to return. Funding to establish the museum and support the Spunky Norwegian Foundation comes from the Inez Bull estate. That organization has also established two music scholarships at Mansfield University.

2 comments :

Anonymous said...

The only way this museum will work is if there is a concerted effort to establish it based on the real history of the Potter County colonies and they could build on that with cultural attractions and make it something special. Sadly that means it has to be distanced from the stuff that Inez was doing and it is hard to do that if they are using her estate as the seed money. Maybe Ole Bull's real descendants would be interested in becoming involved and maybe Ole Bull State Park could be expanded with a museum like this instead of trying something separate. We always hear about Potter County needing to come up with new ideas and themes for tourism, well here is one right on cue.

Anonymous said...

This would be a waste of money to have museum dedicated to Ole Bull and such. Folks didn't care when Inez was alive and they still don't.

And please don't use tax payer money to put something into the state park. Even if it gets put into the park using private funding, tax payer money will be wasted on upkeep and such.