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New exhibits make Springville historical museum pop

A BYGONE ERA — Pop Warner Museum Curator Don Orton looks at a collection of World War II memorabilia, specifically items that were owned by the late Richard Crocker. Photos by Jessie Owen.
SPRINGVILLE — This year’s visitors to the Concord Historical Society’s Pop Warner Museum will get a glimpse of many items that have never been on display before.

This mid-19th century building, as well as the carriage house behind it, will re-open on May 4, after a months-long hiatus, which brought many changes, to several of the museum’s rooms.

The former Crandall House will reopen to the public, with new displays in four of its six downstairs areas.

A SPRINGVILLE LEGEND — Pictured are items that chronicle the sporting life of former Springville resident Glenn “Pop” Warner.

“We wanted to increase traffic and encourage people to come to the museum,” said Curator Don Orton. Although the museum closed for the winter, in December, museum volunteers were still at work, revamping the museum’s public offerings.

“We spent a good share of the winter on this,” Orton said. “We are hoping that it will appeal to people.”

A room, named for former Concord Supervisor Ronald Wendel, houses several display cases that Orton said will hold rotating exhibits. Currently on display are artifacts from the War of 1812; the Buffalo, Rochester and Pittsburgh Railroad and Cascade Park.

Formerly the museum’s parlor, this room is the current home to items that were housed in the HMS Detroit, which served on Lake Erie, during the War of 1812. Artifacts from that ship, including musket balls and horseshoes, can be seen at the museum.

BACK IN TIME — On display, in the Ronald Wendel room, are artifacts recovered from the HMS Detroit, which served on Lake Erie, during the War of 1812.

In addition, this space includes an exhibit with artifacts from World War II soldier and former Concord resident Richard Crocker, on loan from his family.

The Pop Warner room, titled “Our Amusement Legacy,” features the recreational choices and hobbies of former residents. On display are muskets, skis, skates, golf clubs, snowshoes, bowling balls, uniforms and other sports equipment.

In addition, this room boasts musical instruments, radios and a selection of sheet music by local resident Jack Yellen, who wrote “Happy Days are Here Again,” among other musical numbers.

The Lillian Domes Geiger room, named after a former town historian, houses the “Local Medicine and The Kenneth Barie room, named after a former Concord supervisor, features “home implements of the past.” Included are spinning wheels, a sewing machine, irons, laundry tubs and more. Tools used in the keeping of homes more than a century ago, as well as items used to make cloth, can be viewed, in this display.

PREPARING FOR WINTER — Pictured are two spinning wheels, located inside the Kenneth Barie room. The larger wheel was used to spin wool, while the smaller one was utilized for flax.

The four renovated rooms join two additional areas, on of which features children’s toys and another that reproduces a 19th century kitchen. The multi-building complex is complete with a corn crib, a milk house, an outhouse and a carriage house, which displays several turn-of-the-century vehicles, including a carriage, donated by Fran Potter. This carriage house will receive visitors, every time the museum is open.

The Pop Warner Museum is now open from 10 a.m. – 2 p.m., every Saturday. A volunteer will be on hand, to explain the exhibits and lead tours. The museum is located at 98 East Main St. The mercantile is located behind the museum and is open each Wednesday, from 10 a.m. – 2 p.m. and Tuesdays and Thursdays, from 7 – 9 p.m. and the same Saturday hours as the museum.
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