Historical Museum Featuring New Exhibits
Published: February 18th, 2008
By: Michael McGuire

Historical museum featuring new exhibits

NORWICH – The Chenango County Historical Society Museum has opened several exhibits featuring a collection newly-acquired pieces and artifacts that had long been in storage.

The exhibits are open to the public during regular museum hours or by special appointment.

The new pieces include clothing made at the Norwich Knitting Mill that feature logos from products created at the Norwich Pharmacy, like Pepto-Bismal. There’s also a compilation of research materials and photographs of the 114th Civil War regiment from Chenango County, as well as industrial and railroad artifacts.

Museum educator Diane Hamblin said she’s particularly excited about a donation of uniform articles worn by Norwich-native Thomas Famolaro during World War I.

“In particular, the knitted vest he wore,” said Hamblin. “It was likely homemade. Which is something families and volunteer knitting circles would do for soldiers from home to keep them from getting damp in the trenches.”

Hamblin said soldiers would often send home sewing instructions. But, she pointed out, the soldiers didn’t often keep such pieces of clothing once the war was over.

“They didn’t give them value like they gave the regular uniform,” she said. “We lucky to have this piece.”

There’s also an exhibit is of everyday tin ware from the 18th, 19th and 20th centuries, inspired by a recent donation of utensils produced between 1900-1940 by well-known Smyrna Tinsmith Charles Doll.

“We want to show the importance of tin ware in the as it related to household cooking utensils and other equipment,” said educator Diane Hamblin.

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