On Wednesday, Janet Wahlberg, President of the Board of Trustees for the Fenton History Center, presented to government officials and key stakeholders on the center’s new exhibits, potential corporate partnerships, and upcoming community events. The presentation was nearly 20 minutes long and touched on various topics including the center’s official mission statement and the new items that were being donated to the center.
One of the highlights of the presentation was the addition of personal properties of late Gov. Reuben Eaton Fenton to the Fenton History Center’s display. These items were previously held at the McClurg Museum, a 14-room federal-style mansion built in 1818 and home to the Chautauqua County Historical Society. However, Wahlberg believes that these artifacts should be displayed at the Fenton History Center as they are an important part of its namesake’s legacy.
The recent gathering also included discussions about corporate memberships to boost funding for the center. Wahlberg stated that they wanted to reach out to government officials and other stakeholders for possible corporate memberships. The center is interested in inviting organizations with an interest or stake in Fenton to become members, as well as donors and corporate partners who may be interested in a corporate membership. This would allow them to sponsor specific programs and projects instead of being asked for donations throughout the year for each project.
Lastly, Wahlberg announced that the Fenton Museum will be hosting a Community Open House on December 2 from 2:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m., which is open to everyone who wants to attend