To the Editor:
The Penfield Board of Trustees would like to extend our thanks to all who made our 50th Heritage Day a success this past Aug 18.
We wish to extend our gratitude to the members and pastors of the First Congregational Church and United Methodist Church for organizing a wonderful ecumenical service. Although our group of vendors and demonstrators was small. thank you to all who attended especially our weaving demonstrator, Joyce Barry. The live music was fantastic. Thank you to the musicians who so generously shared their talents with us.
Thank you to those folks on the corn, potato and chicken cooking crews, without you we would not have had such a delicious meal. To those who generously provided baked beans or dessert, you are all fabulous cooks. To all of our volunteers who assisted in the museum, museum gift shop, dessert shack and under the pavilion serving chicken dinners, thank you. We couldn’t do it without you. We extend our thanks to Debro’s on the Way Café and Gunnison’s Lakeshore Orchards for assisting with our chicken barbecue.
Thank you to everyone who came and enjoyed Penfield Homestead Museum for the first time or the 50th time.
The board of trustees wishes to acknowledge the efforts of Kevin Gadway, Kever Gadway, Dave Hall, Bill Hunsdon, Fred Hunsdon, Peanut Ingleston, Dick Newell, Art Spring, Carl Ross and Riznick Construction, volunteers from the Crown Point Highway Department and Crown Point Telephone for the new utilities (water, power, and communications) in our outdoor venues, dessert shack, BBQ pit and pavilion.
At this time, board of trustees would like to acknowledge all of our individual and family members and all those who use Penfield Pond for recreation. Our business members include Bryant’s Lumber, Inc., Crown Point Telephone Corporation, Gunnison Lakeshore Orchards, Harland Funeral Home, International Paper Company, Mineville Oil Co., Inc., and Ticonderoga Federal Credit Union. We also wish to acknowledge the support of the following sustaining members – Art and Anne Cohn, Peter and Mary Gload, Daniel McNamara, Peggy V. Porter and Nancy L. Richmond.
During the past 12 months we have received grants or substantial financial support from Daughters of the American Revolution, Ticonderoga Chapter, The Gabriel Fund, White Church III and The Sandy Hill Foundation.
A note on the 50th Heritage Day - the first Heritage Day was put on to raise monies so the museum could open the next year. We hope to have a real 50th anniversary celebration next year featuring a special postmark, special lectures, special publications and much more.
A member of PHM has inspired us, during this 50th anniversary celebration, to honor all past and present board members. The board of trustees received a request to honor a particular past board member but we found it impossible to honor just one. All have contributed to what Penfield Homestead Museum is today.
It is our goal to review all of our past minutes and record all board member names and years of service. We will then display the names on two plaques – one for those deceased and one for those living. We will invite all past and present trustees to attend our 2014 pancake breakfast for the unveiling of these two plaques. To that end, the current board would appreciate any help with the names of early board members, especially those of the 1960s and 1970s. Please send us a letter or postcard with the name of the Trustee and years on the board.
Penfield Homestead Museum has had a great first 50 years and we hope that you will continue to support us.
We hope you will join us for Applefolkfest on Oct. 13 to celebrate fall in the Adirondacks.
Thank you to all who support this museum and our efforts to “Welcome Everyone to the History of Crown Point.”
Penfield Homestead Board of Trustees