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July 11, 2013

Derry history museum seeks new volunteers

Volunteers needed to staff museum

DERRY — This museum is history and needs a bit more help.

Derry’s history museum is seeking a new crop of volunteers to help staff the facility during its operational hours and help tell the rich stories that make up the town’s past.

The museum is located in the lower level of the Adams Memorial Building on West Broadway.

Derry Heritage Commission members want residents to learn more about the town’s history. That could mean getting involved as a volunteer at the museum.

Commission members are spearheading a volunteer effort, The History Guardians, in the hopes of lining up more people to help.

That could include town organizations, officials, clubs and school groups.

The intimate, lower-level museum is full of Derry’s heritage, from special exhibits on veterans, war heroes and the dairy industry, to shoe manufacturers, local businesses, poet and onetime Derry resident Robert Frost, and famed astronaut and Derry native Alan B. Shepard. The first American in space, in fact, has his own room at the museum.

From old printing presses of a local newspaper, right down to information about the first potato grown in the region, it’s a treasure trove of information and historical finds from one corner to the next.

The History Guardians would take over museum hours and be available for anyone stopping to look for information about the town’s past.

Commission member Janis Del Pozzo and Town Councilor Phyllis Katsakiores are leading the volunteer effort.

“I want to invite the town of Derry to get an idea of how they could help us staff that museum,” Del Pozzo said. “It’s a wonderful time to present this to the town and see what kind of feeling we get.”

Del Pozzo wants the downtown to succeed; that includes putting Derry’s history to work as a way to market the community.

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