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New displays join the Gateway Museum’s offerings this summer

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MORRISTOWN — The Gateway Museum has opened up several new displays for visitors this summer, including a historic lantern exhibit.

The 309 Main St. museum’s collection includes “all different types of lanterns,” Museum Board Member Clara Warren said, with several originating from the Morristown area.

The “Kerosene Lantern Collection” was put together by James Postlethwait and Allen Bogardus and is accompanied by a large binder filled with interesting facts for fellow lantern enthusiasts.

Some of the lanterns came from the New York Central Railroad, Mrs. Warren said.

The museum has also opened a display of horse and buggy wood carvings made in the early 1900s by the late Bert Woods, a resident of Morristown.

“They’re all hand-carved,” Mrs. Warren said, noting the intricate designs and the fur that was applied to the horses for added realism.

In addition to the new displays, the museum has added items to its store – an essential stop for anyone looking to purchase Morristown memorabilia. This year the store is stocked with new sweatshirts, tote bags, T-shirts, hats and mugs, all decked out with prints of classic Morristown scenes, including the old ferry that used to run between the village and Canada, and McConnell’s Wind Mill.

The museum is also planning to lay the first batch of bricks from its ongoing engraved memorial brick fundraiser within the next several weeks.

The bricks, engraved with custom messages by museum donors, will be used to build a new path to the front door.

Mrs. Warren said the fundraiser is still open and anyone looking to have their name or message immortalized at the Gateway Museum should contact her at 323-6076.

The museum is open Saturdays from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. A full summer slate of events is planned, starting with a garage sale Saturday. Event schedules are available at the museum.

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