NIAGARA, Wis. - The Niagara Area Historical Society has announced the purchase of the Labor Union Hall as the new home of the society and future site of a community museum.
The Niagara Area Historical Society and museum will house exhibits on the history of the area, but also serve as a community gathering place for those interested in the past.
The former Labor Union Hall building is located on the corner of Brook Street and River Street in Niagara, and originally served as a grocery store.
The Niagara Area Historical Society has purchased of the former Labor Union Hall on the corner of River Street and Brook Street.
Ray Ponzio, left, and Mike Clement carry the mill whistle into the new museum building.
The Niagara Area Historical Society has purchased of the former Labor Union Hall as the future site of a community museum. Shown at the signing of the purchase agreement are, front row from left, Bernadine Clement; Sue Paoli, CEO and President of the First National Bank of Niagara; Karen Klenke; and Sharon Ponzio. In back are Lois Outcelt; Ray Outcelt; Lois Chartier; Karin Gardipee, Vice President of First National Bank Niagara; Betty Kinsella; George Hohol; Louise Hohol; and Sam Chartier.
"The displays will be just one part of what we plan on offering at the museum," said Niagara Area Historical Society Vice President Bernadine Clement. "We hope to offer many types of programs, special events, and classes to help people learn more about the history of their community and their own families."
Members plan to have the museum open in time for the Niagara Centennial Celebration this summer.
Over the next several months, members of the Niagara Area Historical Society will work on preparing the building.
"Before we can bring in collections, we have a lot of work to modernize the building, including cleaning, updating bathrooms, and the installation of a new roof," said Clement. "We want to take all the right steps to open this museum to make sure it's a resource for Niagara-area residents for generations to come."
"Niagara's mill whistle was the first artifact to go into our new building," adds Niagara Area Historical Society member Karen Klenke. "The whistle was important to the life of the community. It blew at noon and 9 p.m. everyday and also used to call firemen in to fires."
"It blew when people were lost in the woods," she said. "We hope to be able to make it function for Niagara's celebration this summer."
The Niagara Area Historical Society was founded in 1994 and is dedicated to preserving the history of the Niagara area and to helping the community connect to the past.
Meetings are held at Jim's Restaurant on the second Monday of each month. For more information on NAHS, go to www.niagarawihistory.weebly.com.