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Mining, Medicine and Business Machines...

Of all the rooms in the Museum, the Cellar is the most diverse. A glance around the central staircase and you will see rocks, rocks and more rocks. The museum has one of the best collections of rare and unique minerals in the area and the cellar area is mostly devoted to the mining industry in the Gouverneur area. Although the mines are now closed, they were a productive engine for the area for many years.

goRead more about the Museum's mineral collection.

In addition to mining and manufacturing, a room has been set aside to feature Kinney Drugs, one of the major businesses in Gouverneur and a nostalgic favorite for those who still remember B.O. Kinney in his "retirement" straightening the stock in the toy section of the Kinney's on Main Street.

Kinney's is still a major employer in our community, with the Corporate offices located in Gouverneur.More information about the history of this business can be found in the Articles section.

goRead the Kinney Family article.


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The room has a wonderful mural of the history of Kinneys in the area as well as items from the store, including the 20 pound scale that was used in the original store.

Tied into the theme of Kinney Drugs and sharing the room with them, is a collection of items from doctor's offices and examining rooms, including a no-frills examining table and dentist chair. The portrait of the "Physicians of Gouverneur 1904," included two generations of Drury's who served Gouverneur as a community doctor.

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With the development of the museum website and the implementation of wireless Internet access, the museum is also looking to the past to preserve the business tools of another time. The cellar exhibit of typewriters, adding machines, and cash registers does this. Young people are always amazed at the typewriters! One "cash register" was used by a young Carlton Force to organize the money he collected when selling milk at Sylvia Lake. Hampton's Coal and Ice Company was the original owner, long before Carlton ever used it for his milk money.

goSee this Featured Item : Hampton's Cash Register...

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Taxidermy specimen used by S.W. Payne to promote the sale of "Calf Saver," which he manufactured.

Other items of interest in the cellar exhibits are scale models of area mining operations. In full-scale, though is a rock moving machine (I don't know how they got it in there.) and a gigantic oak chair, a gift from the Odd Fellows. An uncomfortable looking dentist chair makes a good companion for the scary looking medical examination table. There is even a stuffed two-headed calf. School children who visit the museum, think it is the "coolest" item in the entire collection. Move over Ripley's...


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