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January 6, 2014

Battle Museum has new director

Deno hopes to expand volunteers, explore new funding sources

PLATTSBURGH — The War of 1812 Museum, operated by the Battle of Plattsburgh Association, has a new manager.

Dave Deno, a native of Plattsburgh, will be taking the helm as of today.

He will replace Manager Tammy Brown, who has taken a position with Essex Pallet and Pellet Company of Keeseville. She will be sales and marketing manager for their newest division: Adirondack Grilling pellets.

Deno studied at Clinton Community College and earned a bachelor’s of art degree in history with a minor in English from SUNY Plattsburgh in 2009. He continued on with social-studies education at SUNY Potsdam.

He has volunteered his time doing historical work with the Civil Air Patrol and has recently been working toward establishment of the new Plattsburgh Air Force Base Museum, which is expected to open Saturday, June 7.

“Dave is very excited to take over the day-to-day operation of the museum and the association, as he has always had an interest in history and learned very early on in life that by studying the history of the North Country, we are also studying the history of our nation,” according to a news release from the Battle of Plattsburgh Association.

Deno noted that this region “has played a part in just about every major military conflict that the United States has been involved in.

“By looking at our own history and its role in national and international historical events, it’s easier for us as a community to make connections and relate to those events. These connections are what help us learn about history and allow us to become more historically mindful of what goes on around us.”

He said that in addition to carrying on the programs and initiatives that Brown managed, he hopes to increase volunteer recruitment to better staff the museum and History Shoppe.

“I will also continue to look for other monetary avenues that the museum can explore so that we can continue to flourish in these hard economic times,” Deno said in a statement.

“Finally, one of my top priorities is to continue to prepare for the upcoming bicentennial so that our history can continue to be honored in a way we can be proud of.”

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