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Elwood Museum event tonight in Amsterdam celebrates re-opening

Friday, May 14, 2010
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— The Walter Elwood Museum is officially opening the doors of its new home today and welcoming the community with a party.

About 200 people have already ordered tickets for tonight’s grand re-opening celebration, according to Lori Stachnik, who is organizing An Evening at the Manor.

The museum last June moved to its new location at Guy Park Manor overlooking the Mohawk River from 300 Guy Park Ave., its home for over 40 years.

The museum’s new site has more rooms, which has given it the ability to display artifacts that were previously in storage, including Walter Elwood’s collection of military paraphernalia. The museum also set up a library room with books and other historical documents that focus on Amsterdam and the Mohawk Valley.

“Everything is set to go and the artifacts on display are amazing,” Stachnik said.

Museum volunteers are scheduled to be in each room to discuss the different collections.

Stachnik said she thought she would plan a small reception with cheeses and drinks, but the event has evolved into something much bigger.

The party will take place in a large tent overlooking the river and decorated with Asian themes. The Musicians of Ma’alwyck and harpist Elizabeth Meriwether Huntley are expected be the entertainment for the evening. The event is being catered by the Union Hall Inn of Johnstown, which will provide finger foods and desserts. There will also be a cash bar. Gerald Snyder and Robert von Hasseln will be available to sign their new book “Amsterdam: A Postcard History.”

Tickets to the celebration are $20 for an individual and $35 for a couple. Tickets will not be available at the door.

She expects the party will make some money for the museum. “The vendors have been good to us,” she said.

Even if the event doesn’t raise any money, director Ann Peconie thinks the event will expose new people to the museum. Most of those expected to attend are not already museum members.

“This will give us an opportunity to increase membership by introducing the museum to members of the community that haven’t in the past been affiliated with it,” Peconie said.

“When people see what they have done with the museum they will see what it is a vital resource that needs to stay,” Stachnik said.

An Evening at the Manor is scheduled from 6 to 8:30 this evening at Guy Park Manor, 366 W. Main St. Stachnik said she would take reservations until mid-morning today.

 
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