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April 10, 2013

Transportation Museum to hold grand reopening

PLATTSBURGH — The Champlain Valley Transportation Museum is gearing up for another year, with new attractions and classic displays that have helped it grow in popularity over the past decade.

The museum opens for the season on Saturday, April 20, with opportunities for kids and adults to enjoy learning about the region’s transportation history.

“The museum will feature a balloon artist and a unicyclist from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m., a small robotics demonstration from our First Lego League coach, as well as crafts and activities from the Kids’ Station,” said Lisa LaFountain, director of fundraising and membership for the museum.

“We want to offer a fun-filled day to let people know we’re open for the season.”

PACKARD ADDED

The exhibits, which feature a variety of classic automobiles and other modes of transportation, now include a 1927 Packard that was bought brand new in Burlington and has remained in the area ever since, a 1956 Ford Victoria and a prototype taxicab from which only a handful of cars were manufactured.

“We’ll also have several smaller things on display (for the first time) throughout the museum,” said long-time museum docent Dick Soper. “We have around 800 model cars, trucks, airplanes and tractors, (an exhibit) that continues to grow each year.”

The ever-popular model-train exhibit will also have new features, including several scale-model amusement-park rides, Soper noted.

An exciting new exhibit that will not be available until later in the season will feature a doctor’s office from the early 1900s, including a doctor’s buggy and historical photographs from Champlain and Physicians hospitals in Plattsburgh.

The central attraction for the museum will continue to be its Lozier automobiles. Lozier Corp. manufactured autos at its Plattsburgh plant, located where Georgia-Pacific now stands, at the turn of the 20th century.

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