Port Henry museum needs volunteers

PORTHENRY-The Moriah Historical Society is seeking volunteers to help man the Iron Center museum this summer.

"The volunteers are our greeters," explained Joan Daby, historical society president. "We are still lucky enough to have 3 or 4 who actually worked in the mines or on surface for Republic Steel Corp., who can be a source of information about their work there. Others we have, have some knowledge of the mining era or can answer questions about our town and village."

The Iron Center museum will open for the season on Saturday, June 18. The museum will be open on Thursdays, Fridays and Saturdays from noon to 3:00 p.m. throughout the summer.

Interested volunteers should contact RSVP at 546-3565.

The Iron Center Museum in Port Henry brings the industrial history of Moriah to life.

Located at Park Place, adjacent to the Moriah town hall, the museum gives visitors a glimpse at the iron ore mining and railroad industries when they flourished in the community.

The museum opened in 1998 and was named to the National Register of Historic Places in 2000.

"So much of our museum has written information for the public to read," Daby said. "They can learn a lot from that. Also, we have videos of presentations that we show, that we have had done in the past with people involved with the mines. As far as new displays, we keep adding some items that people donate to us."

The Moriah Iron Center Museum opened a new exhibit last summer, two 18 x 36-inch panels which show a town of Moriah timeline with some photos and dates of special happenings throughout the years. The exhibit was obtained through a Quadricentennial Mini-Grant from New York State. The panels are displayed in the diorama room of the museum.

Besides an exhibition area, the museum has an office, an upstairs research area, rest rooms and a gift shop.

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