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Moriah Chamber offices host vintage photos

Photos line the walls of the Moriah Chamber of Commerce offices, part of a new set of exhibits that will run throughout the summer.

Photos line the walls of the Moriah Chamber of Commerce offices, part of a new set of exhibits that will run throughout the summer. Photo by Keith Lobdell.

— A look into the past of the Town of Moriah will be on display throughout the summer at the Moriah Chamber of Commerce offices.

Currently, the display has pictures showing the mining history of the town, matted onto posters and enlarged to give some perspective on the old mines, according to chamber president Tim Bryant.

“We have another 100 photos that we can group together into this theme,” Bryant said. “This will run for a month, and then we will swap these photos out for another theme that deals with Moriah and Port Henry.”

Bryant said other themes will include life on the lake, life in the different hamlets that make up the current town boundaries, historic buildings and more.

“We wanted to have something where people can come in and look at them during one visit, then come back later and see something fresh,” Bryant said. “We also wanted to create a display that was just as much for the locals and people who live here as the tourists. These displays give them a chance to reminisce.”

Bryant added the chamber is looking for anyone who has a story that may accompany any of the pictures being used, which were mostly supplied through the book, “Moriah and Port Henry in the Adirondacks.”

“We want to learn and create the biographies so there are great stories to go along with the pictures,” he said. “It was great getting this together because we had students from the school helping to frame and put labels on the pictures, and they would see the streets they lived on or the houses where their friends live and how they all looked back then.”

The exhibit will be open Thursdays through Saturdays from noon to 3 p.m.

“These are set hours, and they coincide with the Iron Center Museum,” Bryant said. “This will allow visitors to attend both if they wish as well as the new craft gallery. If we have more summer volunteers, we’ll extend the hours and post them on our website and Facebook page.”

For more, information, call the Moriah Chamber of Commerce at 250-1050, visit the website porthenrymoriah.com or the Facebook page: Moriah-Chamber-of-Commerce.

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