Marcellus Historical Society opens its new doors

The sun came out breaking through a leaden, grey sky and smiled on the Grand Opening of the Steadman House, new home of the Marcellus Historical Society on Sept. 16.

After the ceremony that included remarks by Mayor Michael Plochocki and Town Supervisor Daniel Ross as well as a special address by Lewis and Alma Steadman, people were free to roam the three floors of the new site. Flowers by the Marcellus Garden Society were strategically placed bringing their own bits of autumnal glory to complement the many exhibits already set up.

It is a rare gift in a small community to have an active historical society. To have it now housed in the heart of the village and so readily accessible to the Marcellus schools is a great gain for everyone.

"We want to start planning more educational programs," said Peg Nolan, President of the Marcellus Historical Society. "The opportunities this will open up for us and the entire community is and will be amazing."

From the bevy of young ladies and gentlemen, ages 9 -- 15 dressed in period clothing from the late 1800's to the early 1900's, it seems has if the educational process has already seamlessly started.

"Women were a lot smaller back then," said Elena Scheibel, as she tugged at the collar of her black, jet-beaded, mourning dress.

"Well, I think it's pretty neat," chimed in 9-year-old Madeline Bird. She and her sister were arrayed for the day in schoolgirl outfits from around 1910.

When ask what enticed her to be a part of the grand opening, 11-year-old Margaret Sayre posing in front of restored carriage used by Dr. Israel Parsons (1821-1904; and restored by Bob and Janet Warner) said, "I did it partially for my Aunt Peggy, who is my best friend, and partly because I wanted to be a part of putting on these clothes. They are really heavy," she amended, twirling in her skirts.

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