Mural project announced for Linesville Bicentennial in 2024

The Borough of Linesville and the Crawford County Historical Society have been awarded a $10,000 grant from the MFG Foundation to create a mural in honor of the borough’s bicentennial next year.

The mural will be unveiled next year, as part of the celebration of the borough’s founding in 1824. A check presentation ceremony will be held Friday at 1 p.m. in front of the proposed site of the mural, the west side of the building at 167 W. Erie St.

Founded in 1824 by Amos Line, Linesville has been through many changes in its history, including being a bustling railroad hub, the last town before Pymatuning Swamp, and now the northern entrance to Pymatuning State Park.

Recognizing the upcoming bicentennial of the founding of Linesville, members of Linesville Borough Council voted this summer to create a Bicentennial Committee, headed by Councilwoman Katie Wickert, to plan how the town will celebrate its 200th year. Other committee members include Sequoia Whitmer, Rita Marwood, Renee Grout, Christopher Seeley and Kelly Connor.

One of the first proposed activities was to investigate the creation of a mural that would commemorate Linesville’s history and look toward its future. Whitmer volunteered the use of her building for the mural. The location serves as an anchor to the downtown block and makes the mural easily visible driving east on Route 6.

Committee members then approached Josh Sherretts, executive director of the Crawford County Historical Society, to partner on a grant application to secure the funds for the mural. Sherretts said the historical society is pleased to partner with Linesville to help highlight the borough’s history.

“The best way to keep history alive is to make it visible and connect it back to the community,” he said. “A mural is a great opportunity to add an aspect of public history and engage the community to learn about its history.”

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