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Local Historical Society looks to attract a younger generation

By LEXIE O'CONNOR

NEW YORK MILLS, N.Y. - The New York Mills Historical Society held their monthly meeting Thursday night. Aside from
discussing their normal business, getting the younger generation involved was brought up, a challenge many organizations are facing.

While they have had a relatively stable membership, the New York Mills Historical Society President Paul Dudajek says most of their members are middle aged or those that are retired and have the time and interest in New York Mills history. Now, they're trying to get the younger generation interested in cataloguing and making record of not only the town's past but also the big events of the present.

"For instance what we did last year, the New York Mills Boy's Basketball team won the state championship and we had that team down at our open house," said Dudajek. "And the coach brought in a basketball and had all of those boys sign the basketball and we have that displayed at the Historical Society."

At Thursday's meeting members also discussed their most recent younger activity when they had a group of Tiger Scouts tour the Historical Society to show them all that is there.

They say they plan to hold more activities reaching out to school age children to get them interested in their community's history at an early age.

The New York Mills Historical Society meets the first Thursday of every month at the New York Mills Community Center. Their meetings are open to everyone.

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