New Curator at Wyalusing Valley Museum
By David Keeler
Morgan Clinton, the new curator at the Wyalusing Valley Museum, says if people have been holding off visiting the museum, they have just two more weekends before the facility closes for the season at the end of October and won’t reopen until spring.
Clinton, who became curator at the end of August, is the wife of Wyalusing Valley High School Orchestra Director Brian Clinton. They were married in July and live in Rushville.
The museum is open Saturdays and Sundays from noon to 4 p.m. and at other times by appointment.
The Wyalusing Valley Museum Association was started in 1976 by William Keeler and James Eaton and many other Wyalusing residents as a tribute to the bicentennial of our nation. The displays were located in the Wyalusing Borough Hall and lasted one year.
In late 1979, a group of citizens concerned about how to preserve the history of Wyalusing got together to reform the Wyalusing Museum and set up a committee, and by 1980, the Wyalusing Valley Museum officially opened in the basement of the Wyalusing Public Library.
Today the museum has benefited from a generous gift from Kay Welles Homer by leasing the Bixby house and barns on the Welles estate in East Wyalusing, across Route 2010 from the Wyalusing Valley High School.
Clinton is a graduate of Geneva College in western Pennsylvania and the Cooperstown Graduate Program where she earned a master’s degree in Museum Studies. She is a native of Lansdale, PA and served as curator at the Lehigh Valley Historical Society in Allentown and also was curator at the Peter Wentz Farmstead in Worcester, PA in Montgomery County.
She also presents talks on the Wyalusing Valley Museum and Wyalusing history and most recently spoke to the Wyalusing Senior Citizens group at Park Place. She said group tours at the museum are welcomed but notes that group sizes must be limited due to the confines of the museum.
Over the winter, Clinton says she plans to re-catalog the museum’s collection using some new software.
The museum’s displays range from Wyalusing’s original hook and ladder fire wagon, which was pulled by firefighters, to a notable collection of military items from the Civil War and other conflicts. There is also an impressive collection of Indian artifacts, a replica of an early school room, old photos and many other items from bygone times in Wyalusing.