The Journal Register (Medina, NY)

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January 4, 2013

HISTORIC EFFORT

Medina Journal-Register — ALBION — Backers of a proposed county historical museum met with municipal historians and community leaders Thursday to gauge their views on how the project should move forward.

The effort has largely been a loosely organized one, said County Legislature Chairman David Callard, who moderated the discussion, but one that is gaining steam. He noted the project has the potential to serve as a hub that would promote historic efforts across the county, one that many other counties already possess.

“I’ve heard the desire to have a county historical museum,” said Callard, who endorsed the idea in his 2012 State of the County message. “It’s something we should have done a while ago.”

The two dozen history buffs who gathered at the Hoag Library Thursday largely and loudly agreed that such a museum would be beneficial. But they expressed a range of questions that showed there is much work needed to ensure the project is a successful one.

The largest question is the scope and location of the planned museum. Carol Culhane, who discussed establishing a museum through the Lake Plains Resource Conservation and Development Council with the County Legislature in 2011, said she’s led an enthusiastic fifteen-person committee in exploring the museum — with Culhane as the designated “Keeper of the Stuff” that locals have given the group for use in the future museum.

Those discussions have largely ran parallel with the efforts to find a new use for the Burrows Mansion. The mansion was vacated by the Swan Library Association in June, when the library moved to a purpose-built facility at the site of the former Dale’s Supermarket.

The library association did not sell the mansion to finance the construction of the Hoag Library, and SLA President Kevin Doherty said the library would be supportive of the museum.

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