This year, the museum's executive board has pledged to restore the roof of the structure, which was built in 1837.
Fundraising for the
Fairgoers also could make donations toward the roof project, on which planners hope to start construction by the end of the month.
"If we didn't do it this fall and go into the winter, the walls could cave in and destroy the building," the 67-year-old Mrs. Bartlett said. "Leaks have destroyed some of the beams under the shingles. It should have been done years ago but, because of lack of funding, it was put off. It's been in the works for over two years but didn't get moved on."
So far, the museum has about
"We intend to start the project this August and finish it by the end of November," she said.
The roof is just the first item on a list of repairs planned for the structure, Mrs. Bartlett said. The
"I think it's a worthwhile investment," he said of the roof project. "The church is part of the heritage in the area that my father was involved in."
His late father,
"His passion was restoring tractors here, and he liked to have his hands on everything,"
"In the early days, the church served as the museum and was open for visitors," said Mrs. Drake, a LaFargeville native who has volunteered here since she was 8.
The church is dedicated to the late
Mrs. Fredenburg, who died in 2002, "felt it was important to start a museum because she wanted children to know how things were done in the 1800s," Mrs. Drake said.
Today, "anywhere from 400 to 700 fourth graders come here every June to learn how to make butter, pump water from wells and feed corn to chickens."
Mrs. Drake is hopeful the community will step up and raise the remaining funding needed for the roof project this fall.
"We have great people working on this fundraiser and I have no doubt that, by mid-September, we'll have doubled our
People who wish to make a donation toward the roof project may call the museum at 658-2353. Donations by check, which should include "church project" in the memo line, may be mailed to the museum society at P.O. Box 108, LaFargeville, N.Y. 13656.
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