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Ti Cartoon Museum attendance increases

TICONDEROGA - An end-of-the-year report for the Ticonderoga Cartoon Museum was released by director Stan Burdick.

The museum will be closed until May of 2010.

"There are several highlights in the 2009 report," Burdick pointed out, including a "20 percent increase in annual attendance, our most productive fall campaign for sustaining funds, an addition of two volunteer leaders to our staff, and a downsizing and give-away package of major proportions."

Concerning the increased attendance, the director mentioned surprises such as a busload of reunion-bound adults from the Rome area and art students visiting from Saranac Lake schools, among others.

New volunteer leaders named from Ticonderoga were Jan Putnam and JoAnn Geisel.

The "Bring the Museum to You" series resulted in visits to 15 schools, senior centers and clubs in a wide area, Burdick said.

A Stories and Crafts program was initiated for younger children since the town youth program had to be suspended for school renovations.

Finally, due to decreased space available in its present location, a substantial downsizing and give-away activity happened this fall, resulting in over 50 cartoon-art items sold or given to worthy organizations in Ticonderoga. The large Arto Monaco cartoon cut-outs were donated to the Arto Monaco Society who will preserve them for future showings.

"Most any charitable cause qualified for give-aways," Burdick said.

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