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The Director's Notebook

Notes: May / June 2012

Bill WoodPartnerships continue to enable us to present exciting and educational exhibits, events and activities. The "Hometown Heroes-NNY Medals of Honor Exhibit" will surround our signed President Lincoln document in the Main Gallery until October 13th. The staff of State Senator patty Ritchie researched and produced a quality presentation of l5 Congressional Medal of Honor recipients from Northern New York, which we proudly display.

Our 1st annual “History on the Water - Awards of Distinction Dinner" at the Crescent yacht Club was enjoyed by over 120 participants. It honored six individuals or organizations who have greatly benefited the collection, preservation or presentation of North Country history.

The "History Detectives Family Day" introduced the history scavenger hunt, which is now available every day for families or individuals. The quest is to find some of local history's greatest treasures searching the museum and grounds from top to bottom. The detective list is available at the front desk as part of admission. The hunt explores the Paddock Mansion, Victorian Gardens, Log Cabin, One Room Schoolhouse and Carriage Barn. A prize is offered for those completing the hunt.

Our GEMS Exhibit in the Rear Gallery’s latest added treasures include an original 1811 hand drawn map of Watertown noting the "Jail Liberties" which were walking paths permitted by prisoners on leave from debtors prison. The gown worn to the White House dinner in 1883 by Mrs. Roswell P. Flower is also on display along with an incredibly finely stitched 1853 wedding quilt.

Please mark your calendar and join us for the Arts in the Museum Luncheon and Fashion Show on Saturday, October l3th, our Harvest Celebration on October 20th and the 20th Annual Victorian Faire on Saturday & Sunday, November 17th & l8th!

Sharing your love of our history, Bill