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December 18, 2011

Battle group receives state charter

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PLATTSBURGH — The revolving exhibit featured "The Life of A Soldier" before its recent display, "Misses, Mistresses and Misconceptions," which focuses on the life of women during the War of 1812 era.

A new exhibit highlighting the War of 1812 time line is scheduled to go on display next year in commemoration of the 200th anniversary of the war.

"The staff at the New York State Museum looked at the way we handled our exhibits and collection and were impressed," Herkalo said.

A representative from the State Museum also held a short-notice visit of the Plattsburgh facility to observe staff and review such infrastructure issues as displays, presentations, collections storage, security and fire protection, he added.

BOOST FOR GRANTS

The state recognition will also come in handy as the museum works on securing grants. The state charter is a solid reference tool when competing for grant money available, Herkalo noted.

"It puts us on the map as a formal organization that is meeting the requirements for an educational perspective."

NEW MANAGER

Tammy Rock, who recently came on board as the museum manager, praised the smooth transition she has had at the facility.

"Keith and the board have really been great mentors helping to make the transition successful."

She noted that the state designation will strengthen the association's ability to borrow exhibits and artifacts from other facilities.

Email Jeff Meyers at: jmeyers@pressrepepublican.com

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