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Inside the Creamery Museum Expansion

This is one you have to see to believe. During the worst of economic times the Skaneateles Historical Society (SHS) is transforming its property into an even more fitting tribute to the industry and culture of Skaneateles' citizens.

At the SHS's Creamery Museum, yesterday meets today to tell Skaneateles' stories into the future. And, it starts with its handsome physical plant, designed pro-bono by local architect Robert "Bob" Eggleston. It includes the renovation of the old boiler room and a new connective corridor to the Creamery that will serve as the main entrance while also housing displays. The initial structure is a renovation of the old creamery on the corner of Fennell and Kelley streets. Like the I.M. Pei designed Everson Museum Building in Syracuse, this building is every bit a marvel as are the artifacts and historical records it holds.

The crew

The steering committee consisting of Eggleston, David Miller, Karlene Miller, Joe Spalding, Bill Stinson III, Bent Thomsen and Joan Thomsen focused on the project for the museum's board of directors and honorary co-chairs, William F. Allyn, Lew F. Allyn and Elsa Soderberg. Every detail has been well attended to, including workmanship, materials, display space and traffic flow while also stabilizing the creek bank where the museum sits. The structure not only will feature a two story boat display with mezzanine, but also updates the historical research center, the gift shop, artifact storage, other display spaces and administrative offices. Suffice it to say, the late notorious town historian, Don Stinson, would be gushing with approval.

"The mezzanine allows you to get up in the air to view the boats," Bent said, "Giving you a different perspective."

The archive room will now be housed in a former ice house of the old creamery. It is being dedicated to longtime archivists, Ted Prindle and Jim Dougherty. Dave Miller is working on an interactive digital display of the lake to be housed in the boating section.

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