Grand Opening Of Fenton History Center Museum Is Thursday

After months of planning and hours of volunteer work by members of the Fenton History Center and Erie-2-BOCES Adult Education Work Experience program, the new entryway, gift shop and “Welcome to Jamestown” exhibit are ready to be unveiled. A Community Service Grant from the Chautauqua Region Community Foundation was key in bringing the project to completion.

Professional services were provided by Ahlstrom-Schaeffer Electric Corporation, Jamestown Awning and Ryan Snow from Stan’s Hardwood Flooring. The city of Jamestown provided funding for a handicap-accessible restroom. The gift shop cabinetry was donated by Artone Manufacturing Inc. in exchange for images from the Fenton’s special collections to be used in decorating their new offices.

The new entry is off of the parking lot and it flows into the gift shop and orientation room that provides the visitor with a timeline of Jamestown’s development, a then and now comparison map and many artifacts from the area.

“This project is the culmination of many people’s hard work, the right partners at the right time and a focused plan to be ready for the summer season,” said Rick Lundquist, president of the board of trustees for the Fenton History Center. “Our goal is to make the Fenton Mansion a showplace that will bring more residents and visitors to Jamestown.”

The center will hold an open house to introduce the new face of the Mansion on Thursday from 4-7 p.m. with remarks at 5:30 p.m.

“This is very exciting for those of us directly involved in the center and for our Jamestown community. We can all be proud of the city and what its residents have accomplished over the years and the years to come – and the new exhibit shows that,” said Joni Blackman, director.

All are invited to see the new entryway, gift shop and exhibit. Refreshments and a basket raffle will be held.