Challenges pile up for St. Joseph Museums

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May 25—Sara Wilson's heart sank when she walked into the St. Joseph Museums on May 11.

A valve in the sprinkler system had failed overnight, sending a steady cascade of water down three stories of artifacts, exhibits and supplies at the museum site on Frederick Avenue.


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