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By Lou Marzeles

Fifty years of the Presby House Museum

Presby Museum’s 50th anniversary season opens May 1


Rebecca Gourley

THE PRESBY AT 50: This year marks the 50th anniversary of the Presby House as a public museum. Today it looks as pristine as it did on the day of its commemoration, Aug. 18, 1962 (pictured below), at which Supreme Courts Justice William O. Douglas spoke.

“No nation in the world has a richer spiritual heritage than we have in our small communities,” Supreme Court Justice William O. Douglas told the crowd of 250 people closely listening on the veranda and grounds of the new Presby House Museum. It was Saturday, Aug. 18, 1962.

The words were well received by the supportive crowd, in that day of unhesitating appreciation for such values. Perhaps echoing their relevance today, the museum is set to mark its 50th anniversary as a public museum this year as it opens for the season on May 1, with a rededication ceremony planned for later in the summer to mark the actual date of transfer.

The Presby Museum will be open daily from 9 a.m. to 4 p....

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