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Civil War Museum says it's clean of ties to Stephen Reed

Written by Ben Allen, General Assignment Reporter | Jul 27, 2015 2:24 PM
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(Harrisburg) -- A member of the board at a prominent midstate museum is firing back after Harrisburg's mayor called for it to dissolve.

Gene Barr, board member at the city's National Civil War Museum, says he's not sure why it's existence is being questioned.

Mayor Eric Papenfuse's remarks followed the indictment of former Mayor Stephen Reed on theft, corruption and bribery charges linked to the purchase of artifacts.

But speaking on WITF's Smart Talk, Barr says the attraction is clean.

"The Attorney General's Office came out on Friday in an article in Pennlive and said that the Civil War Museum itself is not a subject of any of this investigation, the artifacts were properly purchased, so that flies in the face of any kind of insinuation that anything is wrong at the museum," says Barr.

That's because former Harrisburg City Council members approved spending on the Civil War museum artifacts.

The AG alleges criminal conduct involved in artifact purchases happened after the Civil War museum opened, for what Reed maintains were other, planned museums.

Papenfuse has called the museum a monument to corruption.

He's vowed to bring legal action if it doesn't shut down, but the museum's board chairman says it will remain open.

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