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New Community Exhibit In The Town Of Byron

The Byron Historical Society held an open house on November 11 to unveil new exhibit properties to the public. In cooperation with the Town of Byron leadership and citizens, the historical group conducted a capital campaign that raised in excess of $12,000 to fund the museum-quality display cases, which feature special glass and plexiglass designed to prevent light from degrading fabrics or fading inks. “We are very focused on the appropriate handling of documents and artifacts entrusted to us by those from our community who donate these treasures to our archives,” said Maureen Betz, BHS President. “We want to make certain that every measure open to us is taken to preserve these gifts.” The cabinets were custom-made by company in Ohio which specializes in the manufacture of items for conservancy. Additional investments with remaining moneys from the capital campaign are contemplated for lighting and display accessories.

Byron organizers anticipate that the themes and contents of the cases will be changed periodically to expand the public’s exposure to topics of interest to the community beyond history. The initial exhibit and the historical society’s 2018 calendar commemorate the centennial of America’s involvement in World War I. Artifacts from Town of Byron service members and home-front heroes comprised a fascinating display for those in attendance at the open house which drew upwards of 200 attendees. The program consisted of a sing-along of memorable tunes from the era with keyboard accompaniment by Byron’s Priscilla Ehlert; a color guard presentation by Lomira's Bintzler-Waehler Post No. 347 and Oakfield's VFW Post No. 8092; remarks from Town Chairman,Bob Simon, Betz, and capital campaign organizers Nancy More, Gloria Sampson, and Linda Vollmer. Oakfield High School A. P. history students researched and prepared posters on topics related to the Great War which were also on display.

The Byron Historical Society is a non-profit organization dedicated to the understanding of the lives and times of the people of the Town of Byron so that present and future generations may understand, appreciate, and learn from these Americans. Additional information available on the Byron Historical Society website at www.townofbyron.com/historical-society or on Facebook. Interested parties may also call 920.583.3083 or email byronhistorical@att.net.
New Community Exhibit in the Town of Byron
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