Support for museum worth remembering

The Walter Elwood Museum recently hosted its 75th Anniversary Summer Social on Aug. 9 at our new permanent home at 100 Church St. in Amsterdam. On a beautiful summer day, hundreds of people attended this wonderful community event. The museum raised much-needed operational funds and money, which will help the museum provide educational programs, special exhibits and learning opportunities for community members of all ages.

On behalf of the Board of Trustees, thank you to the many businesses and individuals who provided financial support and donations. Special thanks to: St. Mary’s Hospital, Congressman Paul Tonko, Beckmann Converting Inc., and Politi+Siano Architects, PLLC, for being our premier event sponsors. Additional sponsors we would like to thank include: Lawrence Spagnola; Marget Barnett; Putman Insurance Agency Inc.; Joy Sherman of KCS Abstract Corp.; Amy Rossi and First Niagara Bank; Betz, Rossi, Bellinger & Stewart Family Funeral Home; and Alpin Haus. Our gratitude also goes to Miller Printing; The Recorder; Walmart; Adirondack Beverages Inc.; and Stewart’s Shops for their in-kind support of donated goods and services. Thank you to the many individuals who donated baked good and/or money toward the purchase of our huge 75th anniversary cake, compliments of Price Chopper bakery.

We are thankful to the numerous vendors who came to support the museum and show their wares. Thank you to the food vendors, who provided a variety of tasty treats for guests. Our appreciation goes to Kyle Cetnar for providing the inflatables and games for the kids that they so thoroughly enjoyed. In addition, we thank the local media for their invaluable support.

We are indebted to the many individuals, including museum board members and staff, and the Work Force Solutions Summer Youth Employment crew, who helped with setup and volunteered to work at the event.

The list of names of everyone who contributed to our success is far too long to mention. Special thanks to the Amsterdam Police Department and Raymond Halgas of the Department of Public Works for providing many barricades to control parking and traffic flow.

A huge thank you is extended to everyone who came out to enjoy a special day of food, fun, music and friends.

Please stop in and tour the museum soon. We are confident visitors will enjoy the experience and see firsthand the historic gem we have right in our neighborhood.

ANN M. PECONIE

Executive director,

Walter Elwood Museum