On Wednesday, Janet Wahlberg, the president of the Board of Trustees for the Fenton History Center, presented to various governmental officials and key stakeholders. The focus of her presentation was on the center’s new exhibits, potential corporate partnerships and upcoming community events.
One of the most exciting points of her nearly 20-minute briefing was the addition of personal items belonging to late Gov. Reuben Eaton Fenton to the center’s display. These items were donated by the McClurg Museum, which believes they should be on display at the Fenton History Center. The McClurg Mansion is a 14-room, federal-style mansion built in 1818 and is home to the Chautauqua County Historical Society.
During her presentation, Wahlberg also discussed the center’s official mission statement and its plans for corporate memberships. She mentioned that the center wants to reach out to government officials and other stakeholders for possible partnerships that could boost funding. The center is interested in inviting various organizations that have an interest or are stakeholders with the Fenton, as well as donors and corporate partners who may be interested in a corporate membership. This would allow them to choose which programs and projects they would like to sponsor instead of being asked for donations throughout the year for each project.
Finally, she announced that the Fenton Museum will be hosting a Community Open House on December 2 from 2:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m., and everyone is invited to attend.