The Nunda Historical Society celebrated its 30-year anniversary by opening Pioneer Times and Boom Town, two exhibits taking up residence in the newly renovated museum area.

The Nunda Historical Society celebrated its 30-year anniversary by opening Pioneer Times and Boom Town, two exhibits taking up residence in the newly renovated museum area.

The museum area sits in the south portion of the building and, upon completion, will tell The Story of Nunda. Pioneer Times and Boom Town are the first to open of the 10 exhibits that will be housed in the back room.

President Tom Cook hopes the pre-1880 exhibits will be completed by the end of the summer and two more exhibits to be completed next spring.

The final project is expected to be fully completed in 2015.

“Without the help from the community, none of this would have been possible,” said Cook.

At least 100 community members and local businesses donated money and materials to the Historical Society, Cook said. John Gordinier donated his time to paint murals and pictures on the walls to show visitors what Nunda used to look like.

Tom Thornton, a member of the exhibit committee, built a child-size yoke for the museum, so children can wear it while they’re visiting.

“We wanted people to be able to touch and feel the museum,” said Joan Schumaker, who is also on the committee. “The more fragile things are placed under glass.”

The exhibit will host an American flag that was made in Nunda and used during the Civil War that hasn’t been on display in some years.

The Historical Society’s main focus right now is on the completion of The Story of Nunda.

Eventually, the committee hopes to expand the building and add an outside pavilion to host outdoor classes.
“We’ve got a lot of changes coming,” said Schumaker. “It’s very exciting.”