New Season

GLOVERSVILLE – The Fulton County Museum is gearing up for a new season, which will include summer and fall programs.

Museum Secretary Marion Viglione said the museum has a number of events planned for the year, including a new event that will give local authors a chance to meet and greet their fans.

The museum is made up of a volunteer board and volunteer members. The museum hires an intern for the summer to help with programs and events as well as with research.

“The museum really is a volunteer-driven effort,” Viglione said.

Signature installations at the museum include rooms dedicated to local sports, model trains, the leather industry and Victorian-era artifacts.

The museum’s military history room is a draw for visitors, museum volunteers say. The room features authentic uniforms and information about the men and women who wore them, including a newly acquired Civil War-era uniform.

Museum President Mark Pollack and Viglione both recalled a recent visit from a California woman who was overjoyed to find her relative’s signature on a Jewish War veterans commendation.

The museum opens for the season June 2.

Visitors during open hours will be greeted by someone at a new welcome desk.

Pollak said the most popular event at the museum, a ghost hunt, will happen again this year. The date has not been set yet.

He said the event is the biggest fundraiser for the museum. Tickets sold out last year.

This year will also see a new event that will turn the museum into a kids place for the night. The Night Out at the Museum will allow parents to drop off their children for a night of supervised fun featuring movies, food, ghost stories and games for kids.

The museum will welcome 14 authors in July to hold an event giving fans a chance to meet with local authors. Viglione said Mysteries on Main Street will help with the financial aspect of the event for the museum and authors.

Viglione said the museum works with other agencies as much as possible and said the increased number of programs offered on site has a lot to do with the help it gets from area businesses, volunteer organizations and community agencies. She said Fulton County Historian Samantha Hall-Saladino is also helping with some events this year.

Viglione said the museum hopes to begin doing more research in securing grants for potential programs, including outreach visits to schools and nursing homes.

She said the museum received two grants this year – one for the harvest festival and one for the Night Out at the Museum – from the Fulton County Board of Supervisors.

Student tours

Museum volunteer and retired fourth-grade teacher Cathy Stearns said the museum also gives tours to schoolchildren during the year. Stearns said museum visits can be tailored to coincide with topics students are learning about in class, from Native Americans to world wars, or to work with required curriculum and education standards.

“We welcome any school for a tour,” Stearns said. “There is something for everyone here.”

Stearns said visits can include topics such as farming, local history, technological history and tours of the longhouse inside the museum.

The museum also brings in people to demonstrate old-fashioned blacksmithing and weaving for students to observe.

For more information about the museum, go to www.fultoncountyhistoricalsociety.com

Kerry Minor covers Gloversville. She can be reached at [email protected]

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