Town Talk

Museum visits on rise

The traffic at the Warrensburgh Museum of Local History has increased substantially year-to-date, museum Director Steve Parisi has reported.

Attendance for merely the first two months of 2011 has surpassed the total number of visitors at the museum over the first 15 weeks of 2010, Parisi said.

The new special exhibit of the stock car racing at Ashland Park will remain up through May, and the brief movie of the race track in action a half-century ago sparks considerable interest among museum visitors, Parisi said. The movie runs continuously during museum hours.

Parisi expressed appreciation to Frank Bennett, who provided the movie and to Warrensburg High School senior Jesse Schuettinger for converting the movie to a convenient flash drive format.

Schuettinger also converted vintage movies of interviews with Stewart Farrar and a Glens Falls architect about the Emerson Sawmill, which collapsed into the Schroon River in the mid-1980s after an unsuccessful effort by the Warrensburgh Historical Society to convince town leaders to preserve the structure.

These videos will be available for viewing soon, perhaps in time for an upcoming reception and stock-car racers "gab fest" at the museum planned for April 17.

Upcoming at the museum are new exhibits now under development, including the music scene in Warrensburg from 1960 through 1980, and an exhibit on Warrensburgh garages.

Murphy turns 100!

About 100 people who have Irish roots -and those who wish they did - will be celebrating the 100th birthday of Mary McKenna Murphy on St. Patrick's Day.

This celebration on Thursday March 17 is to be held on Cloverleaf Drive.

The crowd expected at the party Includes about 12 visitors from Ireland, Mary's children John Murphy, Thomas Murphy, Katherine Weber, and Rosemary Maher. Mary has 12 grandchildren including Jean Cronin of Warrensburg and 24 great-grand children and one great-great granddaughter. Happy Birthday wishes go out to Mary and her clan from all of Warrensburg's residents.

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