Updated 06/20/2012 06:22 PM
Amsterdam residents can look forward to welcoming back two museums
Amsterdam residents can look forward to the re-opening of two city museums. As YNN's Maria Valvanis tells us, plans are in the works for the Elwood Museum and Noteworthy Indian Museum to re-open this fall.
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AMSTERDAM, N.Y. -- Noteworthy Complex owner Carol Constantino said, "What better place and better company, to sell this to, than a museum that would really appreciate the history of what's going on here."
Walter Elwood Museum officials sign a contract to buy seven buildings in the 18th century Noteworthy Complex. The 95,000 square foot purchase will allow the museum to do things they never had the room to do before.
"We really want to have a whole children’s area, where children can experience hands on and learn about their local history," said Elwood Museum executive director Ann Peconie.
The museum has been temporarily housed in the old Fuccilo car dealership, closed to the public, ever since tropical storms forced the museum to leave its Guy Park Manor location last August.
"It's just so wonderful to be able to move in again and get open for the public because that's what I'm so excited about," said Peconie.
And perhaps the most exciting part of all, the move will also mean the reopening of the Noteworthy Indian Museum for the community.
"What's really wonderful, we put right in our contract, we'd be caretakers for the Noteworthy Indian Museum and I think that's really like a win-win situation," said Peconie.
Constantino said, "Now there's a great opportunity with the Walter Elwood being walking distance. Now they are willing to oversee that for us."
The Noteworthy Indian Museum has been closed for the past few years due to financial issues. But Peconie tells us she envisions the re-opening will bring both museums to the regional level.
"It's almost going to become how what I envision a historical cultural campus," Peconie said.