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IMG_3418****The Town of Webb Historical Association’s annual benefit auction took place on Saturday, July 6 at the Goodsell Museum in Old Forge.

According to Museum Director Kate Lewis, all of the 210 lot items received bids during the auction. One of the top lot items was a picture of the Old Forge lakefront taken from the Forge House in 1915. Another popular item was a three-person canoe with a built in cooler and cupholders. Continue reading

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Accidental Museums: Goodsell display features artifacts from Teich’s, The Farm Restaurant, and Strand Theatre

"Accidental museums" give birth to an accidental exhibit at the Town of Webb Historical Association's Goodsell Museum.

by Dir. Gail Murray, Town of Webb Historical Association

The Town of Webb Historical Association would like to announce a few changes to the displays at the Goodsell Museum, 2993 State Rt. 28 across from the Old Forge Post Office.

During the past few months, volunteer Deb Evans has been hard at work putting together two interesting exhibits for the Webb Room on the second floor.

As Deb searched for new ideas in the photo and business files maintained at the Historical Association, she was attracted to three businesses and the new display “Accidental Museums” was created.

Deb learned that as Frank Teich and his brother Reinhold; Frank Burnap and his family; and Bob Card and Helen Zyma were establishing their primary businesses of eateries and a movie house, they morphed their buildings into museums—displaying their collections for the education and enjoyment of their patrons. Continue reading

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Historical Assn. hosts Goodsell open house

The Town of Webb Historical Association invited members, friends and passers-by to celebrate the Holidays with an Open House at the Goodsell Museum in Old Forge on Sunday, December 4.

Approximately 80 people stopped in during the three-hour get-together to see the new exhibit “Medicine Up North,” enjoy refreshments, and conversations with neighbors.

Several of the early visitors gathered for a special photograph on the front steps of the museum.  The photo-op was inspired by a campaign to make sure our favorite landmarks get their due which was found on the National Trust for Historic Preservation website.

In the photograph, Annette Eyre is holding a sign downloaded from the site that states “This Place Matters.” Continue reading

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Local History: Medical exhibit opening at Goodsell Museum

Gail Murray, left, Historical Association Executive Director, and volunteer, Deb Evans, stand next to an early wooden wheelchair, while holding up a physician's coat worn by Dr. Stuart Nelson. Many other artifacts will be on display in the Medicine Up North Exhibit that opens Friday, November 25. Photo by Carol Hansen.

The Goodsell Museum, home of the Town of Webb Historical Association, will open the doors to its newest exhibit, “Medicine Up North,” on Friday, November 25.

The exhibit will include a variety of artifacts, photographs and information about doctors, nurses, dentists and health care professionals, as well as the people and modes of transportation needed to move patients to medical help from the 1800s to the present day.

Often, interesting facts are uncovered when researching a new exhibit topic, and this year was no exception, according to Gail Murray, executive director of the museum.

“References to tuberculosis were noted, and the fresh cool mountain air was a draw bringing significant people to the area who turned out to be some of the founding fathers. Interesting stories of transporting patients by airplane, train and foot, speak to the dedication of the health care professionals in this part of the Adirondacks,” Murray said.

The Historical Association hopes to collect more information, photographs and stories on the subject as their mission is to collect, preserve, protect and share. Continue reading

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Adirondack League Club supports TOW Historical Assn.

Recently, thirteen members of the Adirondack League Club presented the Town of Webb Historical Association with a series of checks totaling $3,400 to go toward the operation of the Goodsell Museum.

The ALC members who wished to recognize the achievements of Goodsell and emphasize the strong links between the Town and the ALC collected the money in a fundraising effort. Continue reading

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