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On the Bright Side

June 1, 2013

Local group to open doors on museum

Mementos of days gone by will be available for the public to see as members of the Fly Creek Area Historical Society reach a longtime goal today. 

The group will hold an open house from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. to show off its new museum at its building at 210 Cemetery Road in Fly Creek. Brooks House of Bar-B-Q chicken will be available and the building will be open for tours. 

The group purchased the former Grange Hall more than 20 years ago. 

One of the society founders, Bill Deane, said the day is “the culmination of 24 years of moving toward the goal of a museum for the community.”  

Deane, who is also chairman of the board, said he hopes to see a lot of the community there, as well as others who are interested in area history. 

The society acquired a lot of items under the guidance of Peter Martin as archive chairman, and after some planning, decided last year that the time was right to open the museum, group president Sherlee Rathbone said. 

“Many people worked hard to make it happen,” Rathbone said. She expressed her thanks to all the people who have worked behind the scenes to reach this point, including those who donated artifacts and the funds needed to operate the facility. 

Society member Jean Finch said the museum includes many items made or used in Fly Creek. Displays include a kitchen, post office and farm implements. Its the result of the efforts of those who have started the society and those who have helped over the years, she said. 

“We want people to come and enjoy it,” Finch explained.  

Besides Saturday, the museum will be open at the society’s monthly meetings, held at 7 p.m on the fourth Wednesday of the month. and by appointment. The building also serves as a venue for community events. 

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