Tilroe, who died in 2005, was a noted entertainer, dancer and artist, who worked alongside the likes of Muppets' notables Kermit Love and Jim Henson, and also Shari Lewis. She spent several years as an artist-in-resident at Chester College of New England, entertaining children and the community with puppet shows and other productions. Tilroe's vast collection of puppets, costumes, fabric and other items will soon have a place of honor in the museum, Blandford-Anderson said.
Blanford-Anderson said she hopes to spark the interest of people who want to learn more — from school groups to people researching family roots to anyone hoping to find a bit of Derry history they didn't know before.
"I've spent 18 years in Derry, that's part of it," she said. "And bringing the history of Derry to the people that live here, I think they'd find it very interesting."
Blandford-Anderson said the museum always volunteers to step forward and get involved in the safe keeping of Derry's history. Right now the museum is open by appointment.
The Derry Museum of History is found on Facebook and also online at derrymuseum.org.
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