“We at the Great Oneonta Historical Society look forward to opening our doors to the community and sharing our new permanent exhibitions,” CEO Marcella Micucci said during an interview with CNY News the day before the reopening.
The new exhibition is called, “Small Community, Big Ideas – Oneonta Big”. It is located on the first floor reimagined as the History Center.
The History Center opened in 1939 with the aim of promoting the greater Oneonta region. “We preserve our past by collecting and preserving original objects and documents,” Micucci said.
The History Center contains more than 10,000 items including a piano for players from the early 20th century and 300 piano rolls. The piano was made in Oneonta. The updated first floor areas consist of the entrance, exhibition spaces, train-style kids’ corner and gift shop. New floors and freshly painted walls.
Funds for the renovations came from private donors, grants, and individuals. Long-term plans call for the third-floor ballroom to be rebuilt with a $250,000 government grant. GOHS groups are not static. At regular intervals, the committee accepts carefully curated donations from residents of the area. The Oneonta History Center is free and open to the public. “We have a proposed donation, but we would never turn down anyone,” Micucci said.
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