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Warrensburgh Museum of Local History

1976 Bicentennial Mural by Eva Cockroft. Restored in 2007 by Mary Lovendusky

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The Warrensburgh Museum of Local History was founded in 1975, at the start of America's Bicentennial Celebration. Storage trunks and attics of local residents have yielded thousands of artifacts and photographs related to Warrensburg's history. In 2002 the museum was closed for renovation and reorganization by the Warrensburgh Historical Society and reopened in July 2009 with all new exhibits chronicling the town's history from prehistoric times to the present.

Exhibits for pre-schoolers to adults include period clothing, logging and farming tools, school and church history, and artifacts of Warrensburg's "Golden Age" spanning a century from 1850 to 1950. Exhibits continue to be updated, and temporary exhibits about specific topics added.

The Museum is a joint accomplishment between the Warrensburgh Historical Society and the Town of Warrensburg.

Location

3754 Main Street (VFW Building)
Warrensburg, NY 12885
Parking and entrance at rear of building.
Free admission. Handicap accessible.

Hours - Year-round:

Sundays, 1 p.m. to 3 p.m.
Wednesdays, 12 noon to 4 p.m.
Plus, Saturdays, 11 am to 3 pm, Memorial Day to Columbus Day

Volunteering

With more volunteers we could be open more hours. Wouldn't you like to help? For a commitment of as few as two hours a month you can become a Museum Guide. No experience necessary, just a friendly personality and a willingness to learn about Warrensburg.

Check out our Guide schedule here. If there are times you can fit into your schedule then contact the Museum Director, Steve Parisi, at the phone or e-mail below. We will send you our Guide's Handbook and arrange for a brief training period.

Book Corner

Books of local interest and historic calendars are available at the museum or by mail order. Check our price list/order form for current offerings.

2014 Exhibits

Sunbonnet Babies Quilt, by Over the Edge Quilters and Crocheters
February 5 - 24
The Churches of Warrensburg March 2 May 11
Community Safety: Fire, EMS and Police May 25 October 15
Dressed for the Holidays plus "My Collection" Dec.6 January 14

Previous Exhibits:

Dollhouses and Room Boxes
Three generations have played with some, many home-built. Fabulous "room boxes" detailed furnishings. Over twenty examples loaned to us by area residents.

Warrensburgh Bicentennial - 200 Years of Progress
- a celebration of Warrensburg's first 200 years - the people who started the town and those who made it the wonderful and unique place to live and work during the past two centuries. The exhibit included many photographs and documents pertaining to the people, places and events that contributed to its fascinating history.

Odd Fellows, Rebekahs and Theta Rho
"Bury the Dead" is one of the four tenets of the Independent Order of Odd Fellows. The Warrensburgh Historical Society and Town Historian, Sandi Parisi, assisted in fulfilling this requirement of the long defunct Warrensburg Lodge No. 488 on Saturday, June 15 at the Warrensburg Cemetery as two ritual skeletons were buried in the I.O.O.F. plot at Warrensburg Cemetery. An exhibit of artifacts, photos and documents from the Odd Fellows, Rebekahs (women's auxiliary), and Theta Rho (teen girls) was seen through the summer of 2013. Photos from the burial ceremony were also on view. The name, Odd Fellows, derives from the fact that the order's members consisted of tradesmen and professionals for whom there was no specific organization. Since 1881 the Warrensburg Lodge of the I.O.O.F. also worked at fulfilling the other three tenets, which were to Educate the Orphans, Visit the Sick and Relieve the Distressed. The Warrensburg lodge disbanded in 1987.

For further information, email Steve Parisi, Museum Director or call 518-623-2928 (museum) or 623-2207 (home).

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Warrensburgh Historical Society
PO Box 441
Warrensburg NY 12885
whs7396@yahoo.com