Four Chimneys Museum finally opens its doors

PLATTSBURGH?The Clinton County Historical Association has found a permanent home for its museum. On Thursday, April 19 the Association held a ribbon cutting ceremony at the Four Chimneys Museum at 98 Ohio Ave., at PARC. Over the last 60 years the associations museum has been located in Plattsburgh City Hall, in the Fitzpatrick building at 48 Court Street and most recently in the Sailly House at 3 Cumberland Avenue. Following a ribbon cutting by Lindsey LaMarche, the Plattsburgh Police Pipes and Drums led the large group of about 100 people into the museum. Historical Association Board President Roger Harwood welcomed everyone and introduced Assemblywoman Janet Duprey, County Legislator Jackie Walker, Plattsburgh Mayor Donald Kasprzak, PARC President and CEO Bruce Steadman and Clinton County Historian Addie Shields. Harwoods enthusiasm was evident as he told the large group, It was only two years ago that we met with Dan Wieneke of PARC asking for PARCs support. Since then weve had the support of State Senator Betty Little, Clinton County, the City of Plattsburgh, our membership and many other people. Harwood noted that the Air Force had remodeled the building in 1985; however, after being closed for almost twelve years, time had taken its toll. Over the past several months over 40 volunteers cleaned every room and painted the interior. Constructed in 1920 to be a military post office, in later years the attractive brick building housed military personnel. The Air Force used it as a communications building. Harwood announced that the museums heating system will be converted from oil to electric through a grant obtained by State Senator Betty Little and the cooperation of the City of Plattsburgh. New lighting fixtures are also being installed. Volunteers will be unpacking exhibits during the coming weeks. The Lake Champlain Transportation Companys maritime exhibit is currently on display. Harwood said every effort would be made to coordinate the museums hours with those of the nearby Transportation and Battle of Plattsburgh Museums. The museum is open to the public Tuesday through Friday from 9 AM to 1 PM. Volunteers are always needed. Anyone desiring to volunteer should call 561-0340. Museum research room dedicated to Addie Shields! One of the highlights of the Four Chimneys Museums opening was an announcement by Board of Directors President Roger Harwood that the museums research room is being dedicated to long-time Clinton County Historian, Addie Shields. Harwood unveiled a plaque that reads, This research room is dedicated to Addie Shields, Clinton County Historian, in recognition of her unselfish dedication to the preservation of the history of our county. In a later interview with this newspaper Addie Shields expressed her enthusiasm about the historical campus that has been created with the co-location of the Battle of Plattsburgh Museum, the Transportation Museum and The Four Chimneys Museum. She said, The mission is to bring forth to the children the heritage of the North Country. Well be able to invite people from all over the United States and tell them our story.

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