- Associated Press - Thursday, September 18, 2014

BUFFALO, Iowa (AP) - Buffalo Historical Museum volunteers in eastern Iowa are alarmed at the possibility they’ll be evicted from their building so it can become a post office.

The U.S. Postal Service in Buffalo was forced to temporarily relocate to Blue Grass earlier this year when flooding reached its basement, the Quad-City Times reported (https://bit.ly/1wskoIV ).

Buffalo Mayor Doug Anderson said Wednesday the Postal Service’s lease expires in two years. He said he showed postal officials several city-owned properties to consider, including the Buffalo Historical Museum, a 105-year-old building that was Buffalo’s former city hall.

“I took them over there, and they just fell in love with the building,” Anderson said. “They said, ‘This place is made to be a post office.’”

Anderson said the museum could relocate into several rooms in the Buffalo Community Center, if the City Council approves a lease agreement with the Postal Service.

But officers in the Historical Society said moving out of the building it’s in now would end the museum. It had been in the community center before for a few years, but officials found it an unappealing space to display history.

“A lot of the contents of the museum came out of my antique shop, but there have been many, many donations since we moved to this building,” said museum co-founder Ann Figg. “I don’t understand why this building is even on the table. I will not relocate. I worked too hard to get here.”

Historical Society President Christine Thornton said the group is going to the City Council to oppose any lease agreement.

“The community center has no historical significance, not to mention the work our volunteers have done on the building we’re in,” Thornton said.

Anderson said they’re only discussing the possibility of moving into the museum right now.

“We’re just talking,” he said. “That’s all it is. We’re just waiting to hear.

“We don’t want the museum to close. I’m just trying to keep the post office. You can’t make everybody happy.”

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Information from: Quad-City Times, https://www.qctimes.com

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