Sometimes people are our best resources. See: yesterday I ended on a profound statement; today I begin on one.
Twice now I have been to Richfield springs Historic Association Museum and Exhibit Hall, and both times I have been greeted by friendly, knowledgeable individuals who made sure I enjoyed the visit. I foolishly did not get the name of the gentleman who was there last Saturday, but he showed us and told us a lot.
I think I mentioned in Sunday’s post how the volunteer motioned me in to get warm when I was on Main Street looking for Cheryl and Penny and how we had a nice visit once inside. I’d just like to mention a couple of specifics.
The Association recently acquired a collection of newspaper and magazine clippings from a library that is going digital. Our guide said, and I agreed, that it’s good to keep the paper, because computers can crash. I pointed out that it was also good to have the computers, because paper turns yellow and eventually falls apart. That’s one reason I find history so fascinating: eventually everything seems to disappear.
One artifact I especially liked was a very old pair of glasses, the kind with no temple pieces. They were rimless with only a nose piece and a hole in the side for a ribbon. The original case showed that the glasses came from the jewelry shop that used to be in the very building which houses the museum. The jewelry story sign, which is in the shape of a clock, is also on display.
The museum is located at 134 West Main St., Richfield Springs, NY. Phone number is 315-858-0027. They are open from noon to 4 p.m. Saturdays and Sundays from May to mid-October, or by appointment. No admission is charged, but donations are gratefully accepted. You can visit their website at www.richfieldspringsmuseum.org.