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December 3, 2012

New exhibit features history of Peru

PLATTSBURGH — The history of the Town of Peru will be highlighted during a year-long exhibit at the Clinton County Historical Association Museum.

The exhibit, slated to begin Saturday, Dec. 8, with an open house for the entire community, will focus on the town’s agricultural, industrial and educational heritage. It will feature artifacts from the Town Historians Office and the Historical Association collection.

FIRST TOWN

“When Melissa Peck took over as director of the CCHA, she visited us and told us she would like to have some, if not all, of the towns in the area develop exhibits for the county museum,” said Ronald Allen, who is co-historian for Peru along with his wife, Carol.

“We thought it was a wonderful idea and are honored to be the first to have an exhibit at the museum.”

“The CCHA Outreach Committee wanted to give the Clinton County town historians the opportunity to exhibit their collection and to tell their town’s history in a museum setting,” Peck said of the decision to contact local historians.

“It is very important for CCHA to continue to develop relationships with town historians, and this has proved to be a perfect opportunity to do so.”

It will also give local historians an opportunity to see what resources the county museum has to offer them, she added.

‘BUSY PAST’

The exhibit, entitled “Peru’s Busy Past,” will be on display in the museum’s basement.

“We usually have an open house in December (at the Peru Town Hall), but this year we’ll be holding open house in conjunction with the opening of the exhibit,” said Mrs. Allen.

The exhibit will be free to all visitors noon to 3 p.m. Dec. 8.

LUMBER INDUSTRY

Julie Dowd, a docent and member of the Board of Directors for the Clinton County Historical Association, has been working on designing the displays, including an entire wall exhibit dedicated to the lumber industry and the A. Mason and Sons Lumber Yard.

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