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December 21, 2013

Fun be not forgot nor old lang syne

PLATTSBURGH — “Compliments of the Season,” a new winter exhibit, is a trip down memory lane or a discovery for others at the Clinton County Historical Association Museum.

“We have all kinds of things from the Clinton County community to commemorate our winter season here,” said Melissa Peck, director/curator. “We have a lot of antique toys. We also have a lot of photographs. We have some textiles and some really early examples of winter clothing. It’s an exhibit to really kind of show there are still differences but there are similarities in how we celebrate the season.”

The exhibit includes vintage sleds, snowshoes and a mid-century Betsy Wetsy.

“A temporary exhibit like this gives us a chance to bring things out and switch things up, things that have been in storage awhile,” Peck said. “It will be a short exhibit. It’s only up until Feb. 15.”

A view of Lombardino’s Fruit Store on Clinton Street is on a wall of early scenes of Plattsburgh.

“These are from our glass-plate negative collection,” Peck said. “There are over 15,000 negatives that we are digitizing. These are from the early photography studios in Plattsburgh. George Brewer donated them to us. We have portraits and scenes. It’s amazing to see the portraits because people got so dressed up because this was such a huge occasion. So we have some of that on display.”

On view is Virginia Mason Burdick’s doll house. She is a descendant of the Keese family from the Quaker Union in Peru.

“It’s all handmade,” Peck said. “It has everything inside. It’s very detailed, so a lot of the kids like to come inside and peer through it.”

There is an assortment of hats including a faux-Dalmatian fur hat.

“We have some really cool hats,” Peck said. “It’s supposed to be really fun.”

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