The Telecommunica-tions Museum of Fredonia recently celebrated their grand reopening and ribbon cutting at an official ceremony held on Saturday, Dec. 7 at 10 a.m. The grand re-opening was held in conjunction with the village of Fredonia's Miracle on Main Street event. Taking part in the ceremony were several board members and officers of the Museum, village officials, Mayor Steve Keefe and Guy Ditonto, Director of Member Services for the Chautauqua County Chamber of Commerce. After the official ribbon cutting ceremony was held, visitors enjoyed some holiday refreshments and guided tours.
The event was held to officially open the new location of the Teleco-mmunications Museum of Fredonia at 44 Temple St. in downtown Fredonia, next door to the DFT Communications Corp-orate Offices. The new location offers a much larger space to display all of the artifacts showcasing the history of telecommunications in the Dunkirk and Fredonia area as well as the region. Additionally, visitors will find more interactive displays, large screen televisions with recorded history and tutorials and a larger and more informational timeline. The timeline highlights special dates and events of the history of telecommunications and relates it to other events happening in the country/world during that same time period.
After the grand opening event, the Telecommuni-cations Museum then hosted "Telegrams to Santa" from 10:30 a.m. until 12:30 p.m. as a participant in the Miracle on Main Street event. Children were invited to stop in to the museum and send a telegram directly to Santa at the North Pole asking for those very special items they wanted this year for Christmas. More that 25 telegrams were sent and several area children and their parents enjoyed this unique opportunity. This is the fourth year the museum has participated in this holiday tradition. There were smiles throughout the morning as "Elf Doreen" made sure that Santa received each and every child's special telegram.
Members of the community, village officials and Telecommunications Museum board members were on hand recently for the Grand Reopening and Ribbon Cutting ceremony of the Museum’s new location at 44 Temple Street in Fredonia. Pictured left to right are: Guy Ditonto, Director of Member Services for the Chautauqua County Chamber of Commerce; Ray Lewandowski, board member; Doreen Gould, board secretary; Nancy Miller, board member; Dan Siracuse, board co-president; Wendy Barlette, board treasurer; Mayor Steve Keefe (Santa); and Nick Green, board co-president.
The Telecommunic-ations Museum of Fredonia invites all area residents, organizations and community members to come take a stroll down memory lane at 44 Temple St. in Fredonia where you can see the telecommunications industry from its historical beginnings to the newest technologies being offered today. Visitors are welcome to call 673-1876 to schedule a guided tour and can also visit the website at www.telecommunicationsmuseum.org.