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Local history museum sets course for its future

Gary Bivona solicits suggestions regarding the future of the Warrensburgh Museum from a group consisting of Warrensburgh Historical Society members and town officials.

Gary Bivona solicits suggestions regarding the future of the Warrensburgh Museum from a group consisting of Warrensburgh Historical Society members and town officials.

— No less than several hundred ideas relating to the future of the Warrensburgh Museum of Local History were discussed at a recent day-long workshop attended by town officials along with 16 members of the Warrensburgh Historical Society.

Town board members Linda Baker Marcella and Bryan Rounds attended the session, which was moderated by Society board member Gary Bivona.

The workshop explored four topics considered critical to the museum's future: community outreach, educational outreach, museum exhibits and finances.

As a result of the discussions, the museum plans to offer its facility to community organizations for social mixers and other informal gatherings.

Also, museum officials decided to enhance their communication with area elementary and high schools to better integrate their exhibits with curricula, both as an "off-campus" classroom and as a source for classroom visits and assemblies.

In addition, it was decided to improve the museum website to provide a community resource of historical information as well as an events calendar.

The museum officials also committed to to offer more hands-on exhibits as well as demonstrations of traditional domestic skills, such as spinning and weaving. The committee will seek out local talent for such demonstrations. Artists, photographers and craftsmen will be sought for temporary exhibition. Student work will also be sought for exhibition.

The museum, which is operated by the Warrensburgh Historical Society, receives most of its financial support from the Town of Warrensburg. The workshop committee discussed ways to increase the support of the community at large, to permit additional funding for programs and acquisitions.

Grants will be sought, and an Endowment Fund created to receive major donations and bequests, the group decided.

It is hoped an increased outreach will attract more volunteers. Those interested in serving two hours or more per month are urged to contact museum director Steve Parisi at 623-2207. No prior experience is necessary, just an interest in Warrensburg's history and a hospitable spirit, Parisi said.

The Warrensburgh Museum of Local History is located in the VFW Building at 3754 Main Street and is fully handicap accessible. Main entrance is at the rear of the building. Current hours are Wednesdays 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. and Sundays 1 to 3 p.m., plus the first Thursday of the month from 6 to 8 p.m.

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