History

The Exchange began as a project of interested, concerned,

active citizens in and around Bloomsburg who saw the

need for an arts and community center on Main Street —

the project catalyzed and fostered by a wonderful building,

the former Moose Lodge.  The name Moose Exchange paid

tribute to the building’s roots as well as the vision for its future.

 

Many who knew 203 West Main Street as “the Moose”

continued to refer to it that way – but in its new incarnation,

"exchange” more accurately described its function: Every day,

people of all ages and backgrounds came into the building and

their horizons expanded as information and knowledge passed among them.

On the 30th of January, 2014, a fire of undetermined origin swept through the back of the first floor and most of the second floor of the building.  Between the fire, smoke, and water (LOTS of water), the building required more renovation than our non-profit can afford, and in early 2016 we turned it over to the Columbia County Housing and Redevelopment Authority.  Although plans remain uncertain, the authority will one way or another find a way to make the building once again an asset to Main Street.

 

The Exchange has carried on in a storefront

at 24 East Main Street, running the Exchange

Gallery, the Art Cart, the Destination Blues

Music Festival, and many other community-

centered programs.

 

The Exchange is a project of 203 West Main Street Inc., a Pennsylvania non-profit corporation. We have federal 501(C)(3) non-profit status from the I.R.S., making your contributions to the Exchange tax deductible. You can make a difference at The Exchange, as a volunteer, business owner, customer, partner, donor – please get in touch!

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24 East Main Street, Bloomsburg PA  17815       570-317-2596       Exchange@ExchangeArts.org

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