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Museum’s season winds down

Jake Menghini Historical Museum to end tours for year Saturday

JAKE MENGHINI HISTORICAL Museum Director Cris Hamlin cleans a framed 1931 map a gentleman recently donated after purchasing it at a St. Vincent de Paul store in Green Bay, Wis. The museum at 105 Odill Drive in Norway will host its final tours for the 2021 season Saturday. (Terri Castelaz/Daily News photo)

NORWAY — The Jake Menghini Historical Museum has good and bad news about its facilities in Norway.

Museum officials have announced that Jake’s Cabin — Jake Menghini’s original museum that was moved from Chestnut Street — is now open for viewing.

However, the museum board decided last week this Saturday will be the final day of tours for the 2021 season.

“This was not an easy thing to do,” Jake Menghini Museum Director Cris Hamlin said. “The resurgence of COVID and the concern of contamination of the volunteers is the reason for this closure.”

The committee recently completed cabin renovations and displays. The public is invited to see the new addition, as well as the other buildings, from 1 to 4 p.m. Saturday.

THE JAKE MENGHINI HISTORICAL Museum at 105 Odill Drive in Norway will host its final tours for the 2021 season Saturday. Open will be the newly renovated Jake’s Cabin, at right, which was Menghini’s original museum on Chestnut Street in Norway. (Terri Castelaz/Daily News photo)

Plans also have been made to host a dedication of Jake’s Cabin at 10 a.m. Oct. 9, during the annual Leif Erikson Fall Festival.

Originally the cabin was the Holmes Farm Half-Way House. It is now furnished to the theme “From Indian Trails to Iron Rails; Railroad and Fire Department History.” Many items on display are from the very early days of Norway, Vulcan, Loretto and Waucedah.

Admission is $5 for adults and free to students through seniors in high school. All buildings are handicapped-accessible.

Hamlin noted she will have office hours for a few more weeks. After that time, anyone with questions or who would like to make a donation can email her at jakeslemusee@gmail.com.

The museum is at 105 Odill Drive in Norway.

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