NORTH TONAWANDA – The North Tonawanda History Museum has appointed a new trustee and continues with its successful window pane covering project.
Robert E. Pecoraro has been named a trustee after serving as a probationary trustee for several months.
Pecoraro traveled the world as a member of the U.S. Air Force for 30 years. Following his retirement two years ago as a colonel, he pursued his love of history, serving as a docent at the Buffalo History Museum and also taking the graduate certification for museum studies at SUNY Buffalo State.
He served for one year as deputy executive director of the Buffalo & Erie County Naval and Military Park, combining his military background with his love for history.
After joining the Air Force in 1982, he lived in South Korea, Belgium, Spain and in eight states while deployments sent him all over the world.
He is also active in the Air Force Association and the local chapter of the Military Officers Association of America, and is the Western New York group commander of the Civil Air Patrol. He is a member of the Buffalo History Museum, American Alliance of Museums and the Niagara Military Affairs Council.
He will serve on the museum’s governance and community relations committees.
The museum’s historic window pane project began last September.
To date, 23 of the 26 available panes have been sponsored. Twenty of the panes are on the Webster Street side of the museum, and six are on Manhattan Street.
The history museum acquired the former G.C. Murphy store building in 2009 with large store windows on both the front and rear sides of the building.
“Reading the sponsor lines at the bottom of each pane is somewhat a tour of the history of North Tonawanda, with sponsors coming forward both locally and around the country,” Executive Director Donna Zellner Neal said. “Families of former residents, and former residents themselves, are among the sponsors, as well as individuals and business owners still in North Tonawanda.”
The panes show off some of the museum’s history and collections, and also protect the collection from the sun’s rays.
It takes designer Beverly DiPalma a couple of weeks to photograph items in the museum and then to design each pane covering. Nine of the 20 sponsored Webster Street pane coverings are already completed and up. Three pane coverings are still available for sponsorship on Manhattan Street windows. The cost to sponsor a pane is $400.