The Chenango County Historical Society recently received a GET SET grant of $3,000 to retain the help of a museum specialist.

The CCHS has secured the services of Peter Klosky to assist in redesigning the Norwich Pharmacal Company Exhibit currently at the Eaton Center, adapting it for space in the CCHS Museum on Rexford Street in Norwich.

The GET SET grant, from the New York State Council on the Arts, a state agency, is administered by Museumwise, formerly the Upstate History Alliance.

Klosky is the director of exhibitions at the Roberson Museum and Science Center in Binghamton, and has nearly 30 years of experience in the field of exhibit design, presenters said. He will be working with Chenango County Historical Society staff and volunteers to design the exhibit.

The Norwich Pharmacal Company rose from its origins in the late 19th century as a manufacturer of botanical extracts and patent medicines to become an international producer of over-the-counter and prescription medicine acquired in the 1980s by Procter & Gamble, presenters said. The company once employed more than 1,000 people locally, and produced products such as Pepto-Bismol and Unguentine.

The Chenango County Historical Society owns the collection of the company's business records and archival material.

The GET SET grant is one of a series of grants offered to help museums and historical societies strengthen and develop their institutions by accessing professional help from the greater museum community, presenters said.

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