Palace Theatre moviegoers have a chance to win a Tiffany’s product on Thursday, Oct. 4., when a special screening of “Breakfast at Tiffany’s” will be held at 7 p.m. to benefit the ongoing restoration of the Hamburg Historical Society museum.
Historical Society President Julianne Howes said that a display of Tiffany’s items, including jewelry, crystal and porcelain, will be raffled off during the fundraiser. To add to the fun, anyone who wears a “little black dress” to the event will receive a gift.
“The present museum (on South Park Avenue) has been in disrepair for quite a while and the safety of our collection is in jeopardy,” said Howes.
The $300,000 renovation project includes installing a new roof, dry wall, lavatories and kitchen, as well as a 2,770 square foot addition to the building. Howes said the addition will be used to display more of the society’s collection.
“It can also be converted into a library, banquet area and historian’s office,” she said. Town Historian Jim Baker’s office is currently located in Hamburg Town Hall.
“(The addition) will make it very accessible for us to interact with each other,” Howes said.
The Hamburg Historical Society’s property, located across from the Fairgrounds, consists of the museum, an early 1800s Yankee barn with old farm machinery, a historical jail and the Boies-Lord House.
“It will really be a historic campus,” said Howes, who hopes that the renovation will spur more school tours to the site. She added that while the society’s artifacts includes clothing, articles, photographs, documents and antiques from Hamburg’s villages and hamlets, they are not getting the recognition they deserve due to the museum’s poor conditions.
Hamburg Palace Theatre Owner Jay Ruof said that he is happy he could offer the film and theater space as a way to help the historical society.
“It is a fundraiser I really believe in,” said Ruof.
He believes it is fitting that the benefit be held at the Palace, since it is an integral part of Hamburg’s history.
Though the theater opened in 1926, Ruof said that there is a dearth of Palace paraphernalia in the historical society’s collection. He is hoping that this will change after the renovations take place.
“I’m hoping that with this new building, people will submit what they have. Hopefully people will come forward,” he said.
Ruof added that people should come to the screening simply for the fun of seeing the movie.
“It is an opportunity to see a classic film on the big screen, and it’s one that most people haven’t seen in theaters,” he said.
Tickets for the event are $7 per person. Pre-sale tickets are being sold at The Palace, Hamburg Mail and More, Main Street Ice Cream, Vintage Collectibles and ZJ’s Restaurant.
For more information on the Hamburg Historical Society, visit its website at www.hamburghistoricalsociety.org.