The North Collins Historical Society has received an Excellence in Exhibits Award from the Western New York Association of Historical Agencies for its Modern Military Exhibit. The showing was one of only two the group honored at its Annual Meeting held at the Genesee Country Village and Museum in Mumford held November 3.
The winning exhibit opened on Veterans’ Day, 2011 and ran through June 2012 at the Historical Society Museum and featured photographs of North Collins Veterans, as well as materials documenting military life from the Spanish-American through the Afghanistan wars. Another feature was an autobiography compiled by resident Ray Vanni documenting his 50-year career in the military.
Town Historian Georgianne Bowman solicited the materials from the community, scanning and digitalizing them creating a permanent database. It was the transfer of the documents that drew the praise from the association which said, “The photographic and documentary materials gathered for this exhibit have an educational value to the community for years to come, reflecting the true mission of a small community historical society with little resources beyond an incredibly dedicated staff.”
The honor of accepting the award fell to Historical Society Treasurer Dicci Montaldi, whose father’s memorabilia and experiences as a prisoner of war during the Second World War was also featured in the exhibit.
The award also marked the second time the North Collins Society was recognized by the Association having been cited for excellence in research for an Agricultural Exhibit previously.
Currently the Society is presenting an exhibit on photography which features scenes of North Collins past and present along with an extensive collection of cameras spanning the art’s development over the past one hundred years. The exhibit is open and free to the public on the following date: Dec. 16 from 1 to 3:30 p.m.. Beginning in January, the Historical Society will be open on the fourth Sunday of each month, also during the same times.