Notes from the Director – February 2023

A big shout out to Tom Greer, John Gustafson, Ang Cimo, Tom Goodwill, Paul Bentley, Jim Wahlberg, Rick Lundquist and Al Johnson. The first floor hallway has been transformed into a beautiful space; ceilings repaired and painted, walls repaired and painted, woodwork touched up, and the floor shines. The Orientation Room has a repaired ceiling and walls. It is amazing how hard these 8 men worked, coming in for 3 weeks to get everything done. While the men were working on this project, we had another group of volunteers cleaning all of the exhibit rooms; Janet Wahlberg, Barb Cessna, Sherry Vesotski, Beverly McGraw, Linda Swanson, Sharon Matson, and our group from Aspire. Our new Curator, Therese, coordinated the cleaning and made sure that our collections were safe. The Fenton History Center is so fortunate to have such great volunteers!

The next step is installing some new exhibits and changing some old ones around. The plan is to have all of the new exhibits in place by the end of May. We will be using the Gala theme of the Roaring 20s and displaying information about the history of the Historical Society and the history of the groups that held their meetings in the building beginning in 1923.

The Fenton will not be having the Brown Bag Lectures this year. We will have Afternoon Lectures at 1:00 p.m. in April, June, and August. Evening lectures are scheduled at 7:00 p.m. in May, July, and September. Our first Afternoon Lecture will be Wednesday, April 12th, Busti: 200 years presented by Norman Carlson. Put it on your calendar!

Thank you to Shawbucks for hosting our Wednesday Trivia Nights and to our sponsors Ahlstrom Schaeffer and Rodgers Land Surveying. I am on team Reuben’s Raiders, with 5 other teammates. I have to admit that our team did better than we all thought and at one point were in first place. Grab a partner and join us at Shawbucks for a fun evening every Wednesday in February at 7:00 p.m.

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