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Local history buffs named 'Citizens of the Year' by Warrensburg Chamber

"The town has a wonderful history, and were pleased to be able to show it to both local people and tourists," Parisi said, noting that the revitalized museum has sparked considerable enthusiasm from the many students - both high-school and elementary pupils - who have visited it this past year. "The work of the volunteers allows young people know what a glorious history Warrensburg has enjoyed for more than 200 years."

Without referring to a roster, Parisi mentioned a number of the local citizens who have invested considerable work in the revitalization process - Rosemary Maher, Rita Ferraro, Gary Ferraro, Peter Wood, Frank Bennett, John Hastings, Jackie Leonbruno, Paul Gilchrist, Barbara Whitford, Dana Wescott Mural, and Mary Lovendusky, Delbert Chambers and Bonnie Cleavland.

Most all these people spent countless hours gathering, verifying and cataloguing thousands of artifacts, photographs, maps, quilts, postcards and books - putting some aside for restoration and preservation measures. Then, after considerable research, the volunteers helped design spaces and exhibits, and prepared narrative text and signage so people could best understand the context and significance of the artifacts. Then, the volunteers, primarily Historical Society members, constructed new exhibits.

Parisi added that the town's parks & recreation employees deserve credit for their work repairing and restoring the interior of the museum building.

Wescott crafted the decorative trim on the Victorian porch setting in the museum, as well as building the children's play table. Lovendusky, who restored the renowned Bicentennial Mural on the side of the museum building, spend hundreds of hours painting the faux stonework of that Victorian porch.

"It is gratifying that the hard work of all these people is being recognized," Parisi said.

Both Parisi and Gilchrist credited all the society members, and other townspeople, who have for years committed their support to preserving the town's rich history.

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