Notes from the Director – May 2024

The Time Capsule is closed and ready to be opened in 2063. We had a wonderful event on Saturday, May 4th, to close the Time Capsule and celebrate the 200th anniversary of Elizabeth Scudder Fenton’s birth. Descendants of the Fenton Family attended and also gifted a top hat to the museum that either belonged to Reuben Eaton or Reuben Earle. The three cousins and their Aunt Sara had a great time going through the museum and reminiscing about the collection pieces they remembered in their grandmother’s house. They were pleased that the portraits of Elizabeth and Josephine were reunited with Reuben and Jeanette.

Our next big event that I hope everyone attends is our dedication of the Blue Star Memorial Garden on Saturday, May 18th at 1:00 pm. The dedication ceremony is being led by the Blue Star Mothers NY4. The Blue Star Mothers chose this day for the dedication because it is Armed Forces Day. All Veterans are honored on this day, so if you are a Veteran or know a Veteran or someone who is a Blue Star Mother, please invite them to attend the ceremony. The ceremony, which includes the unveiling of the official garden marker, will be followed by a reception in the Fenton Dining Room. The museum will be open for all to tour and it is the opening day for Blue Star Museums. As a Blue Star Museum, family members of currently serving military (whether state-side or deployed) may tour the museum free, May 18 through September 1st.

The Fenton History Center Historic Tours begin June 1st with the Riverwalk Tour at 10:30 am. You may sign up for the Historic Tours online or at the Fenton History Center Gift Shop. Karen Livsey and Sam Genco will be presenting “Chautauqua Obscura” for our Lecture Series on Wednesday, June 12th at 1:00 pm in the Fenton Dining Room. A complete list of Historic Tours and Lecture Series can be found in this newsletter.

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