History buffs share artifacts, memories

WARRENSBURG The Warrensburgh Historical Society held their annual Artifact Show-and-Tell on Sunday, when group members and citizens brought items that offered a glimpse into the heyday of the community. The majority of the artifacts on display originated in the late 19th century and the early 20th century, a period when Warrensburg was in the middle of an industrial boom. Its all about understanding our heritage, said Society member John Hastings. We need to appreciate where we come from to understand how we got where we are now. Included in the many artifacts were objects from the collections of the Warrensburg Historical Museum, which is due to reopen this coming spring, according to Historical Society spokesman Steve Parisi. The towns history is impressive, Parisi said. How do people expect to make decisions about the future without an understanding of the past? The artifacts at the show-and-tell included century-old nails, farming tools, photographs and a collection of maps dating to the turn of the 20th century which document the development of many of the residential neighborhoods which exist today. The stories and lore surrounding the objects where recounted by those who brought them, many of which retelling family history in the process. Historical society member Paul Gilchrist presented a lecture on a deed analysis he has been conducting for several years. His research question is focused on which parcel Cora Whitmore was living during the period in which she wrote her recently published journal from the early 20th century. Using deeds, topographical and geographical data in combination with Whitmores many references, Gilchrist believes he has found the likely site of the Whitmore farm. The Historical Society is looking forward to opening the museum, Parisi said. The museum is housed in the VFW building, which has been extensively refurbished. At present, the artifacts are being inventoried and exhibits are being designed. Parisi said that he expects the museum to draw people into the community. Its about educating, while getting heads in beds, he said. We have over 5,000 artifacts in our collection, ranging from quilts to extensive documentation of Warrensburgs history.

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