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10/06/2020

The Eliot Ness Museum will be closed Thursday, Oct. 15, through Sunday, Oct. 18, to complete restoration work from recent water damage. Thanks in advance for your patience. A reminder of our current operations follows:
Museum is now open again by appointment only:
--small groups, maximum of about 6 or so
--face coverings and distancing required
--COVID-19 liability waiver must be signed
--must sign Guest Book
--please don't come if you're sick.
No admission fee. Non-tax deductible donations welcome. To schedule appointment, call Steve Green at 814-647-8508 or 814-260-9383. If no answer leave message or text 607-423-6902 and leave details. Coudersport's Eliot Ness Museum Team looks forward to welcoming you!

A steady stream of visitors enjoyed the museum on Saturday and the appointment book is full again today. Among yesterday...
10/04/2020

A steady stream of visitors enjoyed the museum on Saturday and the appointment book is full again today. Among yesterday's guests were Dorene Oakley & Jason Frey of New Jersey and New York, ready to be chauffeured for a night on the town in their 1925 Stutz. (Masks removed for photo). We remain open by appointment only. Face coverings and distancing required. To schedule a visit, call 814-260-9383. If no answer, leave message. You can also call Steve Green at 814-647-8508, or text him at 607-423-6902 for appointments or information.

Steve was busier than a one-armed wallpaper hanger on Saturday. Guests who toured the museum came from Medina (Ohio), Cl...
09/27/2020

Steve was busier than a one-armed wallpaper hanger on Saturday. Guests who toured the museum came from Medina (Ohio), Clarion, Sharpsville, Penn Hills, Coudersport, New Castle and Dover (Pa.), Frederick, Md., and Buffalo, N.Y. These three students from Penn Hills, down Pittsburgh way, wanted to be photographed with beloved buddy Mysterious Mike Malone's (a/k/a Ed Szymanik's) authentic tommy gun -- from left, Drew Corr, Will Holt and Ryan Cool. As always, faces were only momentarily mask-less for photo opps.

One of our wonderful window warriors, Kori Ditty, was hard at work today helping to create the museum's Halloween theme....
09/26/2020

One of our wonderful window warriors, Kori Ditty, was hard at work today helping to create the museum's Halloween theme. You may recognize Kori as gangster Al Capone's faithful wife, Mae, in the Eliot Ness Fest street theater troupe. Trusty window warrior Sharon Fitzgerald will be picking up where Kori left off this weekend.

Sue and James Fritz from Lititz (Lancaster County) had the honor of being the first guests since our reopening after the...
09/24/2020

Sue and James Fritz from Lititz (Lancaster County) had the honor of being the first guests since our reopening after the water damage and they made the most of their time here. They checked out the exhibits, viewed the entire portfolio of videos in our theater, and left with a signed copy of Paul Heimel's book, "Eliot Ness: Behind the Badge," as well as one of Curt Weinhold's postcards depicting our own Ed Szymanik as gangland Chicago G-man Mysterious Mike Malone.

Coudersport's Eliot Ness Museum is pleased to announce museum restoration from water damage nearly complete! Just don't ...
09/20/2020

Coudersport's Eliot Ness Museum is pleased to announce museum restoration from water damage nearly complete! Just don't look up cause ceiling's not done. Museum is now open again by appointment only:
--small groups, max of about 6 or so
--face coverings and distancing required
--COVID-19 liability waiver must be signed
--most important: must sign Guest Book
--not to be rude, but please don't come if you're sick.

No admission fee. Non-tax deductible donations welcome. To schedule appointment, call Steve Green at 814-647-8508 or 814-260-9383. If no answer leave message or text 607-423-6902 and leave details.

Coudersport's Eliot Ness Museum Team looks forward to welcoming you!

We have some good ink in this week's Endeavor News. Thanks to publishers Bob and Britta Hooftallen.
09/05/2020

We have some good ink in this week's Endeavor News. Thanks to publishers Bob and Britta Hooftallen.

08/26/2020
Explore The Eliot Ness Museum

Many thanks to Visit Potter-Tioga, the vibrant and dedicated two-county tourist marketing agency, for producing and circulating this spotlight on our museum! https://youtu.be/QZYiTFul5nU

Welcome to another episode of Explore The Possibilities with Visit Potter-Tioga. On today's program we catch up with Steve Green, director of the Eliot Ness ...

How about a round of applause for Curt Weinhold!?!?! This consummate professional and all-around great guy has shared hi...
08/23/2020

How about a round of applause for Curt Weinhold!?!?! This consummate professional and all-around great guy has shared his stunning images with various newspapers and magazines in support of the Eliot Ness Fest, and now the Eliot Ness Museum as well, as a service to the community. Here are two photos from his new "Night at the Museum" collection, and a stunning shot that speaks volumes about why the dark sky in this part of Pennsylvania is an international attraction.

Abigail (left) and Samantha Fleming were sentenced to one minute in Al Capone's prison cell at the museum. As you can se...
08/23/2020

Abigail (left) and Samantha Fleming were sentenced to one minute in Al Capone's prison cell at the museum. As you can see, that was one minute too long! They accompanied their parents, Shawn and Carolyn Fleming from Bear, Delaware, on a museum tour. The family has a camp in the Hebron area. They've been visiting Potter County for many years. "We had an awesome time, and Samantha and Abigail had a great time learning about Eliot Ness!" Carolyn told us.

Our museum, as many of you know, has no admission fee. However, donations are always welcome and will be put to good use...
08/22/2020

Our museum, as many of you know, has no admission fee. However, donations are always welcome and will be put to good use! (Please note, donations are not yet tax-deductible until such time as the museum achieves its IRS 501 C3 status, which is a work in progress). We remain open by appointment only. To schedule a visit, call 814-260-9383. If no answer, leave message. You can also call Steve Green at 814-647-8508, or text him at 607-423-6902 for appointments or information.

"Exhaustive" is how museum founder and CEO Steve Green described his frenzied Friday. Videographer Ken VanSant arrived t...
08/15/2020

"Exhaustive" is how museum founder and CEO Steve Green described his frenzied Friday. Videographer Ken VanSant arrived to film a museum feature for the tourist marketing agency, Visit Potter-Tioga. At the same time, tourists kept coming and coming, despite the fact that the museum is open by appointment only. By day's end, upwards of 25 people from Virginia, Cleveland, Pittsburgh, Lancaster and Williamsport had passed through. Among them was this girl, bound and determined to be the first person to crack the safe of building owner Jack Halloran using the handy stethoscope. Maybe next time . . .

Perhaps we should change our name to "Coudersport's International Museum of Eliot Ness!" This week we hosted a visit by ...
08/04/2020

Perhaps we should change our name to "Coudersport's International Museum of Eliot Ness!" This week we hosted a visit by Charlie and Jenny Smith of Maryland (Jenny by way of Shanghai, China), and locked them up in the Al Capone prison cell for a brief quarantine. Meanwhile, Coudersport's talented artist and bistro owner Olga Snyder joined her brother Taras and her nieces, Anna and Mary, from St. Petersburg, Russia, for a museum tour (masks briefly removed for photo-taking). Remember to follow instructions below to reserve your tour.

Work is underway on the granddaddy of them all -- a St. Valentine's Day Massacre full-scale exhibit in the rear of the E...
08/01/2020

Work is underway on the granddaddy of them all -- a St. Valentine's Day Massacre full-scale exhibit in the rear of the Eliot Ness Museum (complete with an authentic getaway car, a 1929 Ford Model A Sport Coupe)! That brutal mass killing of Feb. 14, 1929, turned the tide in gangland Chicago. as it sent shock waves that echoed around the world. Eliot Ness and the other good guys would gain the upper hand on Al Capone and other crime bosses, restoring law and order. Here's the Wikipedia version of the dramatic event . . . https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Saint_Valentine%27s_Day_Massacre

The latest unsolved mystery that can be found ONLY deep within the mystery and magic of an Eliot Ness Museum near you. C...
07/18/2020

The latest unsolved mystery that can be found ONLY deep within the mystery and magic of an Eliot Ness Museum near you.

Construction of this great grand gorgeous glorious exhibit only moments ago completed!

This exhibit will undoubtedly one day become one of the most historically significant exhibits in the museum (zoom in in story label). Reflecting this tragic worldwide Great Pandemic of 2020, during these difficult times, we are all in and will defeat together.

Eliot Ness proudly introduces our latest addition -- and it's the real deal! A shiny near-mint condition 1934 Pierce Arr...
07/12/2020

Eliot Ness proudly introduces our latest addition -- and it's the real deal! A shiny near-mint condition 1934 Pierce Arrow Model 836 sedan. This brings to life the "Cleveland Era" of Eliot Ness's life and career, which is thoroughly archived and featured at our one-of-a-kind museum. We look forward to being able to welcome guests once it's safe to do so.

Our faithful Eliot Ness Museum contributor A. Brad Schwartz, authored this timely story. We emphasize many of these them...
06/30/2020
Perspective | The best guide for how — and how not — to reform police? Eliot Ness.

Our faithful Eliot Ness Museum contributor A. Brad Schwartz, authored this timely story. We emphasize many of these themes in our museum with fascinating exhibits, and we look forward to being able to reopen our doors when it is safe and prudent to do so. https://www.washingtonpost.com/outlook/2020/06/29/best-guide-how-and-how-not-reform-police-elliot-ness/?fbclid=IwAR2zWA-AlqhOS_IgTjoaUX07RsVVFNNm2u-0Kr_hF5rO9jOt5aNJ3TLwgW0

One of America's most famous law officers tried some of the very measures being proposed today.

Latest addition to the Al Capone section at the Eliot Ness Museum is this authentic 1922 silver soldered platter from th...
06/23/2020

Latest addition to the Al Capone section at the Eliot Ness Museum is this authentic 1922 silver soldered platter from the Lexington Hotel, where Capone lived from 1928 until he was brought to justice in 1931. Thanks to Mary Clark Forbes for this fitting exhibit.

"You're in the jailhouse now . . ."It didn't take long for word of our limited reopening to get around. The Rodgers fami...
06/20/2020

"You're in the jailhouse now . . ."
It didn't take long for word of our limited reopening to get around. The Rodgers family from Lancaster and friends toured the museum today and then headed across the street for an early dinner at Olga's.

Although the museum is closed due to the coronavirus, we did accommodate a brief visit by Austin Snyder, 3, and his fath...
06/20/2020

Although the museum is closed due to the coronavirus, we did accommodate a brief visit by Austin Snyder, 3, and his father, Nathan.

Good morning from the inside looking out here at the one-of-a-kind Eliot Ness Museum.
06/05/2020

Good morning from the inside looking out here at the one-of-a-kind Eliot Ness Museum.

Although we're still closed, we continue to refine our exhibits and add new ones. We're running out of room! Here's a lo...
05/18/2020

Although we're still closed, we continue to refine our exhibits and add new ones. We're running out of room! Here's a look at the latest addition.

04/21/2020

Dear Eliot Ness Museum & Eliot Ness history fans and friends:

This is regrettably to advise that the Eliot Ness Museum will remain closed indefinitely as we all work collectively to defeat this dang unwanted, unwelcome Coronovirus. Be assured that work will continue to create more magic and mysteries within, so the Eliot Ness Museum is an even more worthy destination for you, when one day you can come and we can again open wide our doors. Hoping to see you all one day sooner rather than later.
--Steve Green

04/17/2020

In the interest of public health and safety, this year's Eliot Ness Fest has been cancelled. This was a difficult decision, but the committee is confident that it was the right one. We will return with a fantastic festival when conditions allow -- hopefully in July 2021 -- and we won't skip a beat!

04/10/2020

The Eliot Ness Museum remains closed to the public indefinitely. We are not anticipating reopening the museum any time soon. Please be safe. Following stay-at-home orders, practice social distancing and wear a face mask for safety when you have to leave your home. This is a very serious situation.

Gangsters may think twice about setting up shop in Coudersport, once they know that this guy is on duty. We think this i...
03/15/2020

Gangsters may think twice about setting up shop in Coudersport, once they know that this guy is on duty. We think this is the best picture of Eliot Ness. We're pleased that Curt Weinhold was able to secure for us a large canvas print, which can be seen from outside the museum.

03/14/2020

Message from Eliot Ness Museum owner Steve Green:

"I'm sorry, but the Eliot Ness Museum will be closed for an indefinite period while we all work through this COVID 19 situation together. I look forward to opening the doors and resuming normal operations as soon as possible."

03/12/2020

Just to be on the safe side, we've decided to cancel this month's "Soup With Gangsters" that had been scheduled for Saturday, March 21. We do expect to bring the colorful characters back for another soup kitchen and lots of fun in April. Stay tuned for details.

Zoe Link from Buffalo, N.Y., was among the would-be safe crackers who tried their luck at the museum on Saturday. The ex...
03/08/2020

Zoe Link from Buffalo, N.Y., was among the would-be safe crackers who tried their luck at the museum on Saturday. The exhibit marks Eliot Ness's years as chairman of the board at Diebold, Inc., one of the world's largest manufacturers of safes and other security products.

Eliot Ness began his service as a federal agent tracking down bootleggers in Chicago Heights, Ill. Many residents made a...
03/02/2020

Eliot Ness began his service as a federal agent tracking down bootleggers in Chicago Heights, Ill. Many residents made a deal with criminal outfits to produce "bathtub gin" for distribution to a thirsty public. We recall those days with this exhibit, featuring a museum favorite attraction, the charming Emma.

This message is the sort of thing that makes this great Eliot Ness Museum endeavor all worthwhile. It's from a newfound ...
03/01/2020

This message is the sort of thing that makes this great Eliot Ness Museum endeavor all worthwhile. It's from a newfound friend, Pris Newpher, of Marienville and her childhood friend, Navy vet Kim, from Bradford:

"Thank you for scheduling our museum tour a couple of weeks ago. You really have done a bang-up job on the museum and I should advise we headed on down to the Pa. Lumber Museum the same day. I'd lived 26 years in Williamsport and learned more at that museum about the log booms than I had ever learned living where they used to be. Keep up the good work. We'll do our best to see what Eliot Ness Fest in July is all about."

Check it out! We look forward to hosting these special guests at the museum on Saturday afternoon, July 18, What an hono...
02/25/2020

Check it out! We look forward to hosting these special guests at the museum on Saturday afternoon, July 18, What an honor!!

History will be made on Saturday, July 18! Descendants of at least four of the federal agents who served with Eliot Ness in gangland Chicago during the Roaring '20s will come to Coudersport to present a special program during the third annual Eliot Ness Fest. Among those bringing the personal stories of these brave agents to life during a theatrical performance and presentation at the Coudersport Theatre that morning will be descendants of Joe Leeson, Sam Seager, Marty Lahart and Don L. Kooken. That afternoon, they'll meet the public at the Eliot Ness Museum. It’s only fitting that the Untouchables’ descendants would gather in Coudersport – the town chosen by Eliot Ness to spend the final years of his life – for their historic reunion.

Eliot Ness Museum proudly announces a special exhibit honoring the Federal Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Expl...
02/24/2020

Eliot Ness Museum proudly announces a special exhibit honoring the Federal Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives (ATF) and its National Response Team. That agency still celebrates Special Agent Eliot Ness for his crackdown on organized crime in gangland Chicago during the Roaring '20s. This special exhibit recognizes the thousands of our fearless, selfless ATF agent heroes who serve and protect us every day,

Several have inquired about the Eliot Ness Museum operating hours. According to museum owner Steve Green, currently the ...
02/23/2020

Several have inquired about the Eliot Ness Museum operating hours. According to museum owner Steve Green, currently the hours are irregular, but daily as possible from 8 am to noon. Please text 607-423-6902 to confirm if museum is open. Eliot Ness Museum is located on the "busy corner" of Coudersport (Main and Second Street). If traveling on Rt. 6 from the east you will find the museum next to the first traffic light. If traveling Rt 6 from the west, the museum will be next to the second light. If arriving south on Rts. 44/49, it's on your right at the Main/Second Street intersection.

Our latest exhibit pays tribute to the history of today's Eliot Ness Museum building and the Von Nieda and Halloran fami...
02/17/2020

Our latest exhibit pays tribute to the history of today's Eliot Ness Museum building and the Von Nieda and Halloran families, former and current owners, respectively. It was formerly Harold (Whitey) Von Nieda's Western Auto and later was Halloran's Hardware. In the 1960s, Whitey expanded to the north to incorporate the former Ridlon's Hardware Store.

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"you're in the jailhouse now". Recent visitors to the Eliot Ness Museum. Entry is by appointment only & masks required. Jail time is optional.
Any chance you guys will reopen In May?
A few young ones stopped by to check out the Museum!