The Warren County Historical Society has announced a new exhibition, “Toying with History,” curated by Cindy Whitman, which will run from September 27th through January 31st, at the Society’s headquarters, 50 Gurney Lane, Queensbury, NY. Whitman will also be the featured guest at the WCHS’s Fall Open House on Saturday, November 6th, from 11 am to 2 pm.
Using parts from Playmobil brand toy figures, small-scale junk store finds, and odd bits and sundries, Whitman’s “Toying with History” displays began as a way to engage her grandchildren with a feel for the past and appreciation for history. Her historical dioramas have appeared at many local libraries, museums, and special commemorative events. Featured displays at the WCHS include logging and lumbering, important figures of black history, the underground railroad, local shirt and dress factories, women hikers and campers in the Adirondacks, Robert Rogers and his Rangers, iron ore mining, scenes from The Last of the Mohicans, and more.
Cindy Whitman is a graduate of SUNY Cortland with a degree in social studies education and taught social studies in Hudson Falls for twenty years. She later spent a number of years as an educational materials writer for Harcourt, Brace and was a regional supervisor of student teachers for SUNY Plattsburgh. She is a nine-time volunteer-in-mission with the United Methodist Church, traveling to war-torn areas in Mozambique, Ethiopia, and Bosnia working in hospitals and youth facilities. Pre-COVID, she and her husband Dave launched their travel to America’s National Parks and historic sites. Cindy and Dave, of Queensbury, are members of the WCHS.
The Warren County Historical Society is to the public Tuesdays and Thursdays from 9 am to 4 pm, Fridays 10 am to 4 pm, and Saturdays 11 am to 2 pm. For more information visit the Warren County Historical Society website or call (518) 743–0734.