Preserving local history

The Warren County Historical Society is a private nonprofit organization that serves the community by preserving the county’s artifacts, images, textiles and documents. Currently through Warrengives.org, the historical society is soliciting funds to upgrade the security and fire system, purchase additional preservation materials and shelving units, sponsor the 2014 summer internship program, and upgrade the negative film and glass plate negative scanning equipment. Also, the Wilder Museum of Warren County History, a holding of the Warren County Historical Society, is a seasonal facility with more than 3,000 artifacts on display. The Wilder Museum requires a new heating and cooling unit as well as two new security entrance/exit upgrades.

In 2013, Warrengives.org helped to fund window replacements in the Civil War and Military exhibits at the Wilder Museum located at 51 Erie Avenue in Irvine. The additional exhibit area created from the window replacement project has enhanced the volunteer’s ability to display Civil War artifacts in celebration of the 2011 thru 2015 Civil War Sesquicentennial Commemoration.

The fund drive also helped to support the Warren County Historical Society Summer Internship Program. Since 1998, the historical society has sponsored an internship program that has provided additional manpower to create user-friendly databases, reorganize archival spaces to provide more friendly preservation environments, digitize thousands of images, and maintain updated genealogical resources, along with many other projects.

The Warren County Historical Society is located at 210 Fourth Ave., Warren, and maintains hours of operation Monday through Friday from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Beginning May 31, seasonal Saturday hours will begin from 9 a.m. to noon. The Wilder Museum of Warren County History will open May 17 accompanied by a guided tour of the Irvine-Newbold Estate property. Seasonal museum hours will be Tuesday, Friday and Saturday from 1 to 5 p.m. For more information, call 723-1795 or visit warrenhistory.org.