Help save the historic neon sign at the Bronx’s 64-year-old Palomba Academy of Music

Photo © James and Karla Murray

From 6sqft: Palomba Academy of Music has been teaching music lessons from its storefront in the Williamsbridge section of the Bronx for 64 years, but they’ve sadly had to close due to COVID-19. However, there’s a piece of this business that photographers James and Karla Murray hope to preserve. They are working with iconic NYC neon shop Let There Be Neon to remove Palomba’s historic, 25-foot neon sign and have it relocated to the American Sign Museum in Cincinatti, Ohio. But they need your help

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The Snack House, an icon of Fort Myers, 1950s Americana, springs back to life at museum

Matthew Johnson is bringing the Snack House brand back to Fort Myers. The Snack House restaurant, which closed in downtown Fort Myers in 1993, is returning … sort of. IMAG retrieved the remnants of the iconic sign that used to be on the Collier Arcade building and will rename its cafeteria after the restaurant with the rehabilitated sign.

From News.Press: The Snack House, an iconic downtown Fort Myers diner from 1949 through 1993, is springing back to life after more than a quarter century of dormancy.

The new Snack House will have items from the original menu, new ownership, a new location and the original, refurbished sign.

IMAG, formerly known as the Imaginarium, is a science and history museum at 2000 Cranford Ave., in Fort Myers. When it reopens under limited capacity Oct. 2, patrons will be able to order from a limited menu at the new Snack House. The plans were to open in March, but the COVID-19 pandemic put those plans on hold, IMAG executive director Matt Johnson said.

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Planners of Graffiti museum in Modesto now own the building. Here’s a look inside

This rendering of the proposed Graffiti USA Classic Car Museum shows a restaurant inspired by Burge’s Drive-In, which operated in Modesto, California, from 1947 to 1967. Graffiti USA Classic Car Museum

From the Modesto Bee: Russell is a retired Save Mart executive who also led the Modesto Chamber of Commerce. The tour was of empty spaces that in nine months could be busy with visitors.

Also on hand Friday was Chris Murphy, a museum board member and co-owner of Sierra Pacific Warehouse Group.

All of the leaders are volunteering their time, including experts in construction, finance, car restoration and other fields. The board plans to eventually hire an executive director and a finance director.

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Louisiana Landmarks’ annual awards honor historic preservation projects

From the Preservation Resource Center of New Orleans: Every year, the Louisiana Landmarks Society highlights the best historic restoration, renovation and new design projects around New Orleans, and this year is no different. The 17 winners of the society’s 2020 Awards for Excellence in Historic Preservation include an incredible array of residential, commercial and institutional building projects.

What has changed this year, though, is the way the organization will celebrate these awards. With the COVID 19 pandemic making in-person ceremonies not possible, the Louisiana Landmarks Society shifted to a virtual format, creating three videos and a self-guided driving tour showcasing the winners. Made possible with the support of GBX Group, the videos are available at

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Historic Moulin Rouge sign re-illuminated for first time in Neon Museum Boneyard

From 8NewsNow: LAS VEGAS (KLAS) — For the first time since arriving at The Neon Museum Boneyard, the iconic Moulin Rouge sign was re-illuminated during a private event for museum donors and VIPs on Wednesday, Sept. 16.

Museum President and Chief Executive Officer Rob McCoy greeted guests and along with Las Vegas Councilman Cedric Crear. Director Claytee White of UNLV’s Oral History Research Center told the history of the Moulin Rouge and what it means to Las Vegas.

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