Cobblestone Museum opens for the season today

Staff Reports Posted 1 June 2019 at 8:32 am

Photo by Tom Rivers: These sculptures from the “Rogers Groups” are part of an opening day exhibit at the Cobblestone Museum today. The exhibit is in the bottom floor of the Cobblestone Universalist Church on Route 104.

GAINES – The Cobblestone Museum is opening for the season today and will unveil the museum’s new “living history” program. “A Day in the Life” is complete with costumed re-enactors and heritage demonstrations from noon to 4 p.m.

Visitors can step back in time in many of the museum buildings and “meet” people from the past who lived and worked in Orleans County in the 19th century. Blacksmiths and printers, along with other re-enactors who will portray school teachers and preachers will be on hand to entertain.

The museum will also serve up a complimentary slice of strawberry pie at the conclusion of the tour today.

The museum today at 4 p.m. will also have an official opening for the newest exhibit, “Rogers Groups,” which features a dozen works of statuary art by 19th century sculptor, John Rogers.

Known as “The People’s Sculptor,” Rogers sculpted in plaster instead of bronze to make a product that was affordable by the masses. Cobblestone Trustee Bill Lattin has loaned his personal collection of statuary to the museum for this special exhibit.

The opening will be held from 4 to 6 p.m., with remarks by Lattin at 5 p.m. Light refreshments will be served. The Rogers Groups Exhibit will be on display in the museum’s Danolds Room throughout 2019, located in the lower level of the Cobblestone Church.

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