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Robert Pearlman
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In the past, we have had discussions about astronauts' boyhood homes and the plaques that mark them (see: John Young, Buzz Aldrin). Francis French found another, though this one also more than just the home but the museum it has now become.

Gus Grissom grew up on Baker Street – which would later be renamed Grissom Street in his honor — in downtown Mitchell, Indiana. In recent years, local community members have undertaken a restoration of Grissom's boyhood home.
More details can be found on the Gus Grissom Childhood Museum Facebook page.

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The group that oversees the Southern Indiana boyhood home of Mercury astronaut Gus Grissom is looking to add more items that belonged to Grissom or his family, the Associated Press reports.
Volunteers with Virgil I. Grissom Memorial Inc. have been opening up his family's small bungalow house in the Lawrence County town of Mitchell to visitors at least two Saturdays a month.

Group president Steve Grissom told The Times-Mail that members hope to make the house look as much as possible like it did when his cousin was growing up there.

Items already on display in the house include the bed from Gus's bedroom, a gun he bought while he was in high school and his father's chair. A shop manual with Grissom's name in the front was recently donated to the house.

"We have the basics, but it would be nice to have other pieces that were at one time in the home," Steve Grissom said.

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If anyone has any personal belongings of Gus, from his boyhood time period, please contact me if you are willing donate to the museum.

We have been open most weekends and will be open at various times throughout the winter... Jan. 27, March 23, and will open full time again in May. We will also be decorating the home for our local parade of homes tour during Christmas. Our plan is to have it decorated as it would have been when Gus was a child.

We have made impressive strides in recent months to get this home open to the public. If you are ever in our neck of the woods let me know and I will see you get in to see it.

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