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Essex County supervisors praise new historical center exhibit

New York State Assemblywoman Teresa Sayward displays a picture from the Ragin River exhibit to Jay Supervisor Randy Douglas and Keene Supervisor William Ferebee.

New York State Assemblywoman Teresa Sayward displays a picture from the Ragin River exhibit to Jay Supervisor Randy Douglas and Keene Supervisor William Ferebee. Photo by Joe Hackett.

— A pair of Essex County supervisors said they were very proud of a new exhibit at the Adirondack History Center Museum.

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The “Raging River” exhibit is currently on display at the Adirondack History Center Museum in Elizabethtown.

Jay Supervisor Randy Douglas, who chairs the Essex County Board of Supervisors, and Keene Supervisor William Ferebee both praised the work done by director Margaret Gibbs and her staff on the museum’s latest exhibit, “Raging River.”

The exhibit deals with photographs and stories that tell the tale of the 2011 flooding that took place in the spring as well as the devastation caused by Tropical Storm Irene.

For Douglas and Ferebee, the exhibit, which opened last Saturday, June, 2, allowed the duo to look back on the events of late August and early September and reflect.

“Your staff did a great job on the photo exhibit,” Ferebee said. “It gave Randy and I time to look at the photos and really look back in our head on what had happened.”

“You guys did a tremendous job,” Douglas said. “It was an emotional time for us and it brought back a lot of memories. We actually got time to reflect back on what took place.”

Gibbs said the exhibit opened to a large audience as part of the Raging Rivers Car Show.

“We had a very successful day on Saturday with the opening of the Raging Rivers exhibit,” she said. “We had a lot of people who were very moved by seeing these pictures. We also had our car show which was a success.”

Gibbs said that there will be other events around the exhibit, which includes the annual lecture series.

“We will have different speakers who will be talking about the different issues that have to do with the flooding,” she said.

Douglas also said he was impressed with the museum as a whole.

“All of the exhibits were beautiful,” he said. “You and your board of directors deserve a lot of credit for the services you provide and the history that you give to the residents of Essex County.”

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