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September 30, 2012

Tonawanda-Kenmore Historical Society plans open house today

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“The idea of getting people together and in one room at one time seems to be going out of style. People have other commitments,” Adamczyk said. “We’re doing something a bit anachronistic around here ... trying to encourage people to show up together and listen to something.”

The 163-year-old building also houses a lot of history not only in the form of the former church itself, but the work and collections of historical society members and volunteers.

“We’ve had a lot of volunteers over the years who’ve done some wonderful things,” Percy said. 

A research center houses 80 notebooks full of historical information about the area. There are many old photographs, including more than 1,000 digitalized pictures, and nearly every yearbook from Kenmore East and Kenmore West high schools and Kenmore High School that preceded them.

A new exhibit on Kenmore is in progress, joining other exhibits including an Erie Canal diorama and an exhibit on aircraft produced in the Ken-Ton area.

“We have some remarkable history here,” Adamczyk said. “We have the Erie Canal. We have take the credit for winning World War II in our factories. And somebody’s got to look after this stuff. 

“And that’s where we come in.”

IF YOU GO • WHAT: Open house • WHEN: Noon to 6 p.m. today • WHERE: Tonawanda-Kenmore Historical Society Museum, 100 Knoche Road, Town of Tonawanda. • MORE INFO: Call 873-5774.

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