Notes from the Director – January 2024

January 2024: A new year with new beginnings. One door closes, another one opens. The doors for Norman Carlson and Therese Avedillo have closed for them at the Fenton History Center. Norman has been at the Fenton for many years, first as a volunteer beginning in 1978, then as our Collections Manager since 1995. We hope that Norman will write that book that he said he never had time to do. Norman did not want any “hoop-la” or parties when he left, he said he wouldn’t come if we did, so we did it his way. Therese has been our Curator and Education Coordinator for exactly one year. She has to leave us to take care of aging parents, which many of us understand. She will greatly be missed. I would like to wish the best for both Norman and Therese as they move on from their life here at the Fenton History Center.

The Museum and Research Center will be closed beginning Monday, January 15th, and will re-open on Monday, January 29th. We will be cleaning and doing a make-over of the Gift Shop. The Gift Shop make-over will be revealed at our Annual meeting on Sunday, January 28th, 2-4 pm. The Annual Meeting will be open to members only. We will vote on our new Trustees and slate of officers. Dr. Tom Greer will be doing a program on the Walnut Grove Archaeology Project and refreshments will be served.

Gather your team members for Trivia Nights at Shawbucks, which begins Wednesday, February 7th, 7:00 – 9:00 pm. Trivia continues every Wednesday during the month of February. Admission is $10 per person each Wednesday, with the winning team taking home $100. On the last Wednesday the team with the most points accumulated over the four weeks takes home $200. Teams can be 2-6 people and you have to come up with a name for your team. Come early to Shawbucks and order drinks and dinner, see you there!

The Fenton History Center is participating in Open Doors on February 3rd, 10 am – 4 pm. We are requiring pre-registration online. No entrance will be permitted unless you have pre-registered. The Fenton Mansion is an old historic building that the Historical Society wants to protect, therefore, we are only allowing 30 people an hour to tour the Mansion. Just a reminder that if you have a membership you can visit the Fenton Mansion and Research Center anytime that we are open free of charge, as many times as you wish throughout the year.

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