06 March 2012

A Peek Inside

I mentioned last week that our new History Center had opened. The changes that came together in this location were many.
What we have now is quite a change from the first view of our new digs. Before the remodeling the tin ceiling was pealing, the floors dusty, and while the original marble counters were there, so was an old piano. The wainscoting was plain paneling and there was dust everywhere.
I now have desk and computer and even my picture of my dad and 2 uncles, just after World War II on the wall behind me.
We have an antique display cabinet showing some artifacts from Gerber Products history. We have a family member who is actively supporting us and is helping to keep that rotating.
We need more books and more are being donated and processed, but this is a start of the collection. And notice the painted wainscoting? Looks much better. And the book cases were painted to match.
In addition to two wing-back chairs chairs near my desk, we have another seating area near one window for small groups to work at.
We are lucky in the presence of the local DAR chapter. They have a desk to work at while updating their cemetery records. They will be available for visitors to assist in researching their family history. Belva is also on the board and has been very supportive of our little endeavor.
While my desk was shown empty, (after all, I was taking the pictures), Sandy is once again my supervisor. Here she is hard at work at her desk. As our new director of the Terry Wantz Historical Research Center, she keeps more than busy.
Sometimes she can even keep me in line.
Hopefully we will soon be able to get back to our regular posting, with cemetery pictures and obituaries. It is so great to be back in the saddle again.

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