History research facility planned

NORTH CREEK The North Creek Depot Museum will host an archival expert from Delaware this week with the goal of developing a plan for an archival storage facility and history research database and study area at the Owens House. Betty Fiske, paper conservator and adjunct professor at the Winterthur Museum, will spend the working with Sharalee Falzerano, the Depot Museums director. Together they will prepare a detailed report to create an archival storage facility at the Owens House and a plan for creating a history research database and study area adjacent to the storage facility It has been the goal of the Depot Museum to create a history center to serve the community in promoting regional history, Falzerano said, a place where residents, students, educators and writers can visit and look up information pertaining to the history of their families and events through censuses, photographs, maps and documents. Through volunteer efforts and community contributions, the shell of the storage area has already been added to the back of the Owens House. For the second phase of this project, a grant has been secured through New York State Council on the Arts to pay for the consultants fee for the design, Falzerano said. Numerous activities are planned during the week, including a visit with Sue Rawson from the Johnsburg Historical Society to discuss the possible inclusion of the society in this exciting venture. A visit is also planned to the Adirondack Museum to review their storage and research facilities The area is steeped in history, rich with stories that need to be preserved Falzerano said. The Museum is always looking for artifacts and documents to add to the collection and to make available to future generations. The museum is seeking help from anyone who would like to contribute to the project in any way. Those interested should call Falzerano at 251-5842.

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