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Warrensburg museum likely to reopen by summer

WARRENSBURG - Interest in bygone life in town is growing, and the local history museum may be open as soon as June, Warrensburgh Historical Society President Delbert Chambers said this week.

"It's good to see more and more people interested in preserving our town history," he said after he gave a report Feb. 19 during the society's annual meeting at which he recounted the group's accomplishments during 2008.

At the meeting, Warrensburgh Museum of Local History Director Steve Parisi reviewed the considerable work accomplished by about two dozen volunteers investing about 2,000 hours during 2008 to preserve the museum collection and prepare much of it for display.

The museum archives room was thoroughly organized, with each photograph, document, postcard and painting now able to be located by an identification number. Sandi Parisi created the system with the help of Rosemary Maher, Gail Epstein, Donna Wood and Aurelie Massimine. Inputing the data has been accomplished by Barbara Whitford, Gail Epstein, Rita Ferraro and Suzanne O'Dea, Steve Parisi said.

Antique clothing has been carefully cleaned and re-boxed for preservation or hung for display with the help of Liz Sebald and Phyllis Jacobs. Artifacts have been sorted, categorized and re-boxed by Suzanne O'Dea along with Tom O'Dea, Rosemary Maher and Rita Ferraro, he said.

The museum workers have now begun to plan and create final displays.

Research and interpretive writing for the exhibits is being conducted by Gail Epstein, Bob Knowles, Rita Ferraro, Rosemary Maher, Marilyn Hayes, Aurelie Massimine, Paul Gilchrist, Barbara Whitford, John Hastings, Delbert Chambers and Sandi Parisi.

Upgrades to the museum facility were also substantial during 2008, Parisi reported.

Display panel cases, and stations have been constructed and track lighting has been installed - with the work of Peter Wood, Gary Ferraro, Peter Haggerty, Walt Haws and Steve Parisi.

A faux Victorian porch was constructed by John Hastings and Peter Wood, with embellishment by Dana Westcott. Westcott also created an archway in the museum that replicates architecture of the Emerson House, a Warrensburg landmark.

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