December 7, 2023 3:06 am

On Wednesday, Janet Wahlberg, the president of the Board of Trustees for the Fenton History Center, presented to various government officials and key stakeholders about the center’s new exhibits, potential corporate partnerships, and upcoming community events. During her nearly 20-minute briefing, Wahlberg discussed a range of topics, including the center’s official mission statement and new donations to the center.

Among the highlights of the presentation was the addition of items to the Fenton History Center’s display that belonged to its namesake, late Gov. Reuben Eaton Fenton. These items were some of his personal properties that have been donated to the center.

Wahlberg mentioned that she believes these artifacts should be on display at the Fenton History Center instead of at the McClurg Museum. The McClurg Mansion is a 14-room federal-style mansion built in 1818 and is home to Chautauqua County Historical Society. However, Wahlberg stated that they are seeking out corporate memberships from organizations with an interest or stake in Fenton history in order to boost funding for their programs and projects. She also mentioned that they are looking for donors and corporate partners who may be interested in a corporate membership at the Fenton Museum. This would allow them more control over which projects they sponsor instead of being asked for donations throughout the year for each project.

Finally, Wahlberg announced that there will be a Community Open House on December 2 from 2:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m., which will be open to everyone who wishes to attend.

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