Curator’s Corner – February 2022

Some exciting changes have happened at the Fenton History Center over the past few weeks. The 2021 holiday exhibit is packed away, and our volunteers have been hard at work. The second floor and third floor stairwell have gotten some much needed refreshing. Volunteers Tom Greer, John Gustafson, Jim Wahlberg, and Rick Lundquist have been patching plaster and painting. 

We also added a couple of new artifacts to our exhibit spaces. The most notable is a large desk made by the Art Metal Company. The desk was given to the Fenton last summer and we were fortunate to have volunteers from the Armory come help us move it into place in the “Made in Jamestown, How Furniture Built a City” exhibit on the second floor of the museum. This desk was made at the Art Metal factory in Jamestown and is a very early example of their metal desks believed to be from about 1900. While the volunteers were here they also brought in a safe, made by Fenton Metallic, the forerunner to Art Metal, which is on loan to the Fenton for two years. You can read more about the safe, and the wonderful volunteers from the Armory in the Vets Finding Vets section of this newsletter, as well as a photo of the desk. 

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