Hope museum partnering with visitors center for new office

The town of Hope will have a satelite office of the Columbus Area Visitors Center again.

Barb Johnson, director of the Yellow Trail Museum in Hope has announced that her organization reached an agreement with the Columbus tourism agency last week to reopen a visitors center satellite  in the town that will be hosted in the museum.

The new center will have a part-time paid staff that will allow the museum to open about four times as long each week as it has been under its all-volunteer structure. Johnson said that the museum is planning to hire one or two people to keep the building open Thursdays through Sundays, from noon to 6 p.m.

The staff member or members will be responsible for informing visitors about Hope tourism opportunities and history, as well as promoting other opportunities in Columbus and all of Bartholomew County. The center is expected to open on April 1st, Johnson said.

The visitors center had operated a satellite office in the former historic bank building on the Town Square for about a year, but closed it in December. That building is slated to open as a pharmacy next month.

For more information you can contact Johnson ny e-mail at  hopesimmonsschool@gmail.com , by mail at  Yellow Trail Museum, Attn: Interview Committee, P. O. Box 181 Hope, IN 47246 or by phone at 812-371-7969.