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Wilmington Historical Society finds home

WILMINGTON The Wilmington Historical Society has finally found a home at the Wilmington Community Center.

WHS President Karen Peters explained that thanks to support from the town board, and the work of members of the society, the society has located its collection at the town center.

The collection of the WHS, which was formed in September 2003, was previously housed in the homes of Wilmington Town Historian Merri Carol Peck and WHS President Karen Peters. The new location provides better access for the public.

This past spring, we found the perfect cabinets in which to store the collection, which could be placed on the perimeter of the main meeting room of the Community Center and would not interfere with other users of the room, said Peters.

After making a presentation to the town board, the town board graciously agreed to allow the WHS to use its facility for the purpose of storage, research and display, Peters continued.

Peters said the WHS has organized the materials in proper order, including digitally entered into the software catalogue program PastPerfect, and placed in appropriate archival storage materials.

Prior to the move, local history and genealogy researchers had to make arrangements with Peck or Peters at their convenience.

It makes it convenient for users, since we have it all organized so that materials can be found easily as in any good research facility, said Peters.

Peters explained the town has a unique history for its size. Whiteface Memorial Highway, Santas Workshop, participation in the 1980 Winter Olympics and the AuSable River all add stories to the communitys colorful past.

The Wilmington research materials include family history files, the Cassius Bruce Collection, the Earl and Helen Warren Collection, newspapers, cemetery records, a copy of the Wilmington Old Town Record Book 1821-1865, Congregational and Methodist Church records, school records, topical files, photos of Wilmington people and places, maps and blueprints, and a small local reference book collection which includes the Wilmington Books Transcribed Series by Prof. Harold Hinds and Tina Didreckson.

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