2020 - 2029
President's Column: Summer 2023 Issue: The constitution of the Warrensburg-Thurman Historical Society states, in part, that its purpose is to bring together those people interested in history more specifically, the history of the town of Warrensburg.
The constitution also calls for us to discover and collect any artifact which may help the Society to establish or illustrate the history of our area. The preservation of and accessibility to the collected artifacts is also central to the Society’s mission. The Warrensburgh-Thurman Museum of Local History allows the Society not only to share this ongoing work but to educate community members on Warrensburg’s rich history.
The Society’s mission also calls for us to undertake the preservation of historic buildings, monuments and other matters relating to Warrensburg’s History. Most recently, we have contributed to the restoration and preservation of the mounting block located in George Henry’s parking lot as well as the steps at the First United Methodist Church. One of our ongoing projects is to create a park on the Tannery Park property located off Electric Ave, behind the Riverside Gallery, bordered on the other side by the Elementary School. We are working with the Town Board and Warrensburg Beautification to create a space for residents and visitors to spend time. We have plans for parking, benches, picnic tables and historical signage relating to the history of the Tannery once operated at this site.
The Society’s Board is focused on these issues and its committee’s work and plan activities to accomplish our stated purpose. Our Preservation Committee is responsible for identifying potential preservation projects and keeping the Board informed of ongoing projects. Thank you to Rich Larkin for bringing in his equipment to cut and chip some trees and brush to clear the overlook site
The Society has recently committed funds over the next three-year period to exclusively promote the preservation of historical sites in Warrensburg and Thurman. This activity will be in form of preservation of sites, buildings and the creation of markers to identify and describe the historical significance of the sites. The Society will keep you updated on the progress of preservation progress through our website, Social Media sites and of course our Quarterly publication.
The Society has been successful in its mission due to the ongoing support of our community. To this end, we are asking all of you to please continue your support of the Society through your membership and if possible, encourage others to become Members to insure we can continue to have a positive impact on our community and continue our Mission of Preservation. There is a membership form on page seven of this Quarterly which can be used to sign up and become a member. Forms can also be downloaded from our website here. We are a 501c3 Not-For-Profit, donations are eligible as a tax deduction.
I cannot emphasize enough how the dedication and hard work of our Board members, committee members and volunteers have contributed to the success of our Society and Museum. Please pay us a visit at the museum, you will not be disappointed.
The museum officially opened on Saturday May 27th and is open every Saturday and Sunday from 12:00 -2:00 until Columbus Day weekend as well as during Christmas in Warrensburg weekend.
Thank you for being a Member
Memorial Tree Planted
A tree was planted in front of Warrensburg Central Junior-Senior High School to memorialize the life and legacy of Steve Parisi, who passed away in December 2020. The ceremony was held on Thursday, May 20, also serving as a belated celebration of April’s Arbor Day and Earth Day. The tree is a sugar maple provided by Warren County Soil and Water Conservation District. The program was organized by Teresa Whalen, President of Warrensburg Beautification, Inc. Two individuals from Soil & Water, Jim Lieberum and Maren Alexander assisted with the planting. Steve was much involved with the elementary and junior-senior high schools, the students and the teachers, to give them exposure to, and appreciation of, Warrensburg’s history via its museum, of which he was the Director. ♦