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Depot Museum accepts grant award

NORTH CREEK - The Depot Museum in North Creek was awarded a $503 grant by the Pearsall Adirondack Foundation.

Founders Glenn and Carol Pearsall are local residents and are dedication to the mission of improving the quality of life for year-round residents of the Adirondack Park.

"We are very proud to be part of what the Pearsall Adirondack Foundation does in the local communities," said director of the Depot Museum Michelle San Antonio.

The funds will be used toward the development of the museum's first education lending kit. Such kits are becoming increasingly popular with museums and historical societies, according to San Antonio.

The Depot Museum kit will focus on the history of Johnsburg's one-room school houses and education at the turn of the last century. It will include a local history component featuring lesson plans regarding logging, mining, the train and other parts of Adirondack history. Hands-on components will also feature historical games, books and learning techniques.

The idea was inspired by the depot's local history project in conjunction with the local historical society.

The kit is designed for fourth grade classrooms and will be available for regional teachers to loan for use in their classrooms. San Antonio hopes to have the kit available in the upcoming spring.

In the spirit of education, the Depot Museum in conjunction with the Upper Hudson River Railroad(UHRR) will raffling a Thomas the Tank Engine play table. UHRR generously contributed the table. Tickets are $5 each or $10 for 3 and can be purchased by calling the museum office at 251-5842. The drawing will be held Dec. 13 and all proceeds will be donated back to the Depot Museum.

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