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COUNTY MUSEUM MAKING PROGRESS

Full Time Curator Assigned; Historical Material Is Solicited

The Monroe County Historical Museum is now open every day of the week except Saturday and Sunday for the receipt of historical material. Assignment of a full time curator to the local museum, as a part of the state-wide museum project of the WPA, was announced this week by William C. Sterling, president of the Monroe County Historical Society.

Roy Bentley of Erie is the new curator, and keeps the museum, in the Sawyer Memorial Building, open from 10 to 12 a.m. and 12:30 to 4:30 p.m., Monday through Friday.

Within the next two weeks, Mr. Sterling said he hoped it would be possible to have enough materials donated, cataloged, and prepared for display in order to have the museum open regularly for public inspection.

All kinds of historical material is welcome at the museum, and will be carefully preserved by the society, now that it has facilities for handling it, Mr. Sterling emphasized, contributions may include relics of the past, letters, diaries, journals, receipts, old currency, household articles, costumes, examples of pioneer handicrafts, Indian relics, articles of trade, pictures and anything else connected with the past, particularly the past of Monroe county, and particularly its earliest past.

Donors of such material are especially urged to be prepared, when they bring their gift to the museum, to give an account of its origin and history, so that this interest may be added when it is put on display.

"People in all parts of the county have attics full of old things that would make valuable additions to our collection, from which the entire county will benefit, and which is only going to waste and deteriorating now," Mr. Sterling said. "We are able to give such things better care at the museum now than they would have in the home, and besides, the pubic will soon have the benefit of seeing these interesting relics of the past."

The society is incorporated as a non-profit organization and is legally entitled to receive gifts. Mr. Sterling emphasized that the society is eager to receive loans of valuable and interesting relics, as well as outright gifts. Such things as are loaned may be put on display temporarily, he said.

All residents of the county over 70 years of age are invited to write to President Sterling in the Sawyer Memorial Building and receive their free membership cards. The charter of the society provides honorary membership for all residents reaching the age of 70.

The society now has 80 memberships paid up, including 10 life members.

Monroe Evening News, Aug. 8, 1939, p3 c1


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