By Ashley Wislock
The Daily Item
MILTON — Organizers of the proposed “In God We Trust” museum in Milton met with students and officials at Pennsylvania State University to talk about the school’s history and its ties to Milton’s James Pollock.
The school celebrated Founder’s Day on Feb. 22, marking the day when Pollock, then governor of Pennsylvania, signed the charter to create what would become the university. Pollock also would serve on the board of trustees for the school.
Today, there is a residence area, dining commons, computer learning center and road named for Pollock on Penn State’s main campus, said George Venios, of The Improved Milton Experience. Penn State also is home to Pollock’s archives.
“Jessica Hess and I did abundant research there for the book (“In God We Trust”),” he said. “It was then that we discovered Pollock’s connection to Penn State.”
But many people don’t realize Pollock’s connection to the school, Venios said. Venios met with students and staff last week at Penn State to discuss Pollock’s legacy.
“I was explaining the history of Gov. Pollock and his ties to Penn State,” he said.
Venios also is hoping to incorporate Penn State into the efforts to create the “In God We Trust” museum, which would honor Milton native Pollock’s contributions to the nation.
“Specifically, the students were asked to participate in the effort,” Venios said. “The association does not currently have any fundraising plans or commitments, but there will be a follow-up visit in the near future to foster possibilities.”
The “In God We Trust” museum would be located in the former Milton National Bank on South Front Street.
Organizers have been mapping out the 6,000-plus-square-foot museum, which would include four galleries: The Lincoln Gallery, featuring a coin collection and Civil War memorabilia; the Pollock Gallery, which would include Pollock memorabilia; the Eisenhower Gallery, which would include religious, patriotic and early Cold War memorabilia; and a basement gallery, which would be a re-creation of a fallout shelter.
T.I.M.E. recently began a $150,000 capital campaign to cover the costs of the building acquisition and related expenses.
Overall, Venios said he is proud of the work in the Milton community to bring Pollock into the limelight.
“We’ve been able to bring Pollock’s legacy to light,” he said.