March 6, 2013

Editorial: Base museum has potential


It needs some electrical and plumbing work, but it isn’t far from being usable, Herkalo says.

He isn’t thinking much about the funding aspect of this yet, though he has mentioned the hope that the almost extinguished Plattsburgh Airbase Redevelopment Corp. might want to help with creation of a PAFB museum as a “legacy project.”

Herkalo just wants to gauge interest in a new Air Base museum so the Battle Association can figure out if it can bring in revenue while serving a community need.

If you have an opinion on the idea, we encourage you to show up at 7 p.m. this Thursday at the War of 1812 Museum’s Press-Republican Theater or email Herkalo at

We think a PAFB museum fits the area’s aim to promote history tourism, a growing trend nationally. With public support, it’s an idea that can really take off.

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