Ingersoll Museum Renovation: Progress Report

March 18, 2014

It's been a vicious winter; nonetheless progress continues toward the installation of the all-new T. M. Scruggs Museum Interior. Herewith, some progress photos.

The Robert Green Ingersoll Birthplace Museum will reopen for the 2014 season with an all-new interior, made possible by lead donor T. M. Scruggs, the James Hervey Johnson Foundation, and dozens of individual contributors. One of the Museum's most active supporters, restoration contractor Jeff Ingersoll of Hammondsport, New York, has been making his contribution in-kind. Jeff and his carpentry and painting crews patched all of the interior walls, prepared a new room to house additional exhibitions, and repainted the interior in accord with the new color scheme chosen by our design consultants, The Exhibition Alliance of Hamilton, New York.

In future posts I'll share some of the exciting drawings now coming from The Exhibition Alliance, which is updating our display cases, fabricating new display islands, and revamping all the interior signage.

Also save the dates: Saturday and Sunday, August 16 and 17, 2014. For the first time in 13 years we'll be holding an Ingersoll conference at the Center for Inquiry-Transnational in Amherst, capped off with an all-day Sunday bus tour to the Ingersoll Museum in Dresden and the women's-rights sites in nearby Seneca Falls, New York. Confirmed speakers include author Susan Jacoby, historian Sally Roesch Wagner, historian Christopher Cameron, freethought activist Margaret Downey, Ingersoll Committee chair Roger Greeley, yours truly, and more to come. If you're attending from out of town, plan to arrive on Friday August 15 and to leave on Monday August 18. Registration will open soon!