History has found a new home.
On Friday, Dec. 4, The Herald office donated old copies of the Mott Pioneer Press to the Mott Gallery of History and Art. Board President Joyce Hinrichs, along with volunteers Kevin Carvell and Jack Griffin were on site to load the books and papers for transportation to their new home in Mott. In total there were 116 different bound editions of the newspaper given to the gallery.
Until recently, the museum had limited space to accommodate the large books, but the past year has been dedicated to building upgrades and expansion.
The museum installed an elevator earlier this year, allowing workers and volunteers to easily travel to the top levels of the Main Street building.
Once the elevator was installed, members went to work rehabbing the rooms for new displays and research space. Hinrichs previously told The Herald that the gallery would be able to display artifacts that were in storage, now that they can utilize the upper floor.
But this space will also allow for research. With the new donation (and new space), people can come in and have a suitable area with adequate space to page through the historical books.
The books arrived at The Herald office after three publications consolidated in the mid 90s.
On March 17, 1994 The Mott Pioneer Press, Hettinger County Herald and Slope County Messenger combined, forming a new publication dubbed The Herald.
As a result the old bound copies—some dating back to the early 1900s—were moved to one location.
Housing the old newspapers in the gallery will allow citizens to come in and enjoy them, without the burden of traveling to New England. The care and attention the gallery can give the historical books should keep them from decaying, and will allow generations to look back at the history of the town of Mott.
The gallery is open seasonally during the summer months. However, it can be open by appointment. Contact a board member for more information.