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SUBMITTED by Larry Ann Evans, Museum of Wayne County History (10-Mar-2010)

The Wayne County Historical Society’s Museum of Wayne County History has many things going on this summer, exhibits, fundraisers and fun things to do for the whole family,

The new exhibit, “Wayne County and the Burnt-over District” is on display in the Changing Exhibition Room until 7 August 2010. Wayne County is unique in that many religions and religious movements had major connections to the area and three can even call Wayne County their birthplace; Mormonism, Modern Spiritualism and the Neversweats.

"Wayne County & the Burnt-over District" exhibit

This exhibit examines this part of the “Burnt-over District” a term coined by Charles Grandison Finney who in his 1876 book Autobiography of Charles G. Finney referred to a “burnt district” to denote an area in central and western New York State during the Second Great Awakening. The name was inspired by the notion that the area had been so heavily evangelized during antebellum revivalism as to have no “fuel” (unconverted population) left over to “burn” (convert).

The second exhibit to go up this year will be “The Attic Trunk,” with a preview party on 26 August 2010. Walk-in closets... cellar... attics. Who hasn’t discovered a whole ‘nother world in the half-light of these spaces? Steamer trunks, wooden chests and old suitcases. Each vessel holds treasures from days gone by and in the dim light, one can be transported back in time looking through.. the attic trunk. This exhibit will run until 20 November 2010. The Museum will also have a Wayne County student photo exhibit, “Timeless” to go hand in hand with this exhibit. The preview party for “Timeless” will be 4 November 2010 at 7pm.

Summer activities will also be held at the museum starting with the “Artisans’ Faire”. This 5 June 2010 event will, weather permitting, fill the museum lawn and interior with Artisans demonstrating and selling their work. The event will be from 10am to 4pm.

For the second year, the museum will run a one day a week summer camp for area students (3rd - 6th grade). The “History Busters” camp runs from 9am to 12pm on four Fridays (7/2, 7/16, 7/23, & 7/30). The camp costs $10 per camp day and reservations need to be in by 18 June 2010.

During Lyons Peppermint Days, on 10 July 2010, the museum will again host, “Antiques on the Lawn,” from 9am to 5pm. Antique vendors fill the lawn of the Museum and attendees can browse and buy from the vendors and also tour the museum for free.

Kim Donselaar, owner of Full Moon Yoga and Healing in Clyde has paired up with the museum for one day this summer to do “Jail House Yoga.” Weather permitting, this fun stress relieving yoga class will be held on the museum lawn, 14 August 2010, at 9am. Cost is $12 per person and $10 for WCHS members.

To end the summer, visit the Wayne County Historical Society at the Wayne County Fair, 15-21 August 2010, where we will display many of our gift shop items, talking to visitors about Wayne County History and the Museum of Wayne County History and wrapping up our three month long raffle. The raffle drawing will be held on 21 August 2010. First prize is $500, second prize is $250 and there will be 5 additional prizes of $50 each. Raffle tickets can be purchased at the Museum of Wayne County History, from any WCHS member or right at the fair.

The Wayne County Historical Society’s Museum of Wayne County History is located at 21 Butternut Street, Lyons, NY. For more information call 315 946 4943 or check out the website, www.waynehistory.org.


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