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Warrensburg museum likely to reopen by summer

Chambers praised the progress made by during 2008 in the museum, with the substantial work of Parisi and a dozen or so volunteers.

"Were making every effort to bring the museum into the 21st century," Chambers said.

Among the hundreds of items to be displayed or archived in the museum are about 150 items donated this year by 11 citizens. Donors include John Hastings, Michael Morey, the DeMatties family, Jane LeCount, Dawn Brunner, Bob and Peggy Knowles, Tack Toney, Suzanne Henderson, Elizabeth Osborne Sebald and Sandra LaFond.

Progress in preserving local history has also been accomplished in other ways, Chambers said.

One example he cited was the indexing of all articles published in the society's Quarterly by volunteer Roscoe Hastings, he said.

Society Vice President Rosemary Maher reviewed the programs of the year, including the re-dedication of the restored Bicentennial mural, a presentation on the architecture of Warrensburg in June given by Del Chambers, October's Graveyard Walks and Dinner with the Dead, and the annual "Sticky Wicket" croquet tournament in August - which had substantial attendance. The Sticky Wicket event has raised a considerable amount of money, Chambers said, due to substantial support from area businesses.

"It's been a fantastic success," he said.

At the meeting, Parisi presented numbers that indicate membership has grown substantially -- as much at 50 percent -- over the past several years.

Chambers welcomed the news.

"Our treasury is running in the black, and we have more members," he said. "It's a beautiful thing."

Monday, Steve Parisi praised those volunteers who were not serving on the historical society's board of directors, but have nonetheless invested hundreds of hours of work. They include Rosemary Maher, John Hastings, Rita Ferraro, Peter Wood, Dana Westcott and Mary Lovendusky, he said.

"It's very fortunate that we have people on board who are willing to dedicate their time to the museum," he said. "They have contributed countless hours of their time and talents."

Chambers said the development of the museum had taken longer than expected, but that it was being accomplished appropriately to high standards.

"The town will be proud of the museum, and we expect it to draw interest from outside the community," he said.

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