uring an opening reception for a exhibition at the Warrensburgh Museum of Local History, Delbert Chambers (right) talks to a visitor to the popular venue. Chambers has curated several exhibits for the museum, which has garnered regional attention for its professional, informative presentation of artifacts and documents.
WARRENSBURG In response to various requests to repeat several exhibits, the he Warrensburgh Museum of Local History is now showing a sampling of four previous exhibitions.
"Fifty Years of High School Sports" covered the period 1947 to 1997 when the high school was located at the James Street building. Revisit the randomly selected teams and coaches who brought championships, or not, to Warrensburg High.
Many living in Warrensburg today don't even know there was a half-mile oval, complete with 3,000-seat grandstand, right behind Ashe's Hotel. "Stock Car Racing at Ashland Park" is about its final days when the roar of engines, clouds of dust and screams of delight either captivated or repulsed townspeople.
"Hunting, fishing and the Bear Waller Club" is all about the camaraderie found in the early 20th century among men carrying on the age-old tradition of putting food on the table. Several club members recorded their activities on camera, preserved by descendents, many of whom continue the tradition. Visitors can see a copy of this club's constitution and bylaws, listing the select citizenry privileged to be its members. Also on exhibit are copies of fine photos of earlier hunts and elite hunters provided by Charles F. Burhans, heir to the Burhans tanning industry fortune.
"The Hudson River Quadricentennial" celebrates the discovery and exploration of the Hudson and Schroon rivers, as well as their impact on the fledgling community of Warrensburgh. Water power harnessed on a three-mile stretch of the Schroon River dictated the very location of the community and the industries that brought wealth and hundreds of jobs to its citizenry.
Samplings of these exhibits will be on display through Memorial Day.
The museum is open from 1 p.m. to 4 p.m. Wednesdays, from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Fridays, from 1 p.m. to 3 p.m. Sundays, Sundays and the from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. on the first Thursday of each month. The museum is fully handicap accessible, and wheelchairs are available.
Admission is free to the museum, located at 3754 Main St. The entrance and parking lot are at the rear. For details, call 623-2928 or 623-2207 or see: www.whs12885.org