The Wayne County Historical Society Museum and Research Library will reopen Friday, April 16, after being closed over the winter due to state budget cuts. A new exhibit for 2010, "Wildlife of Wayne County, Pennsylvania by George Knickerbocker" will make its official debut at an open house on Saturday, April 17, from 4 to 7 pm. Admission to the museum and all its acclaimed exhibits is free during the open house, and refreshments will be served.
George Knickerbocker has lived in Wayne County all his life, and most locals know him as a Honesdale painting contractor. But for the last thirty years he has also been a professional taxidermist and more recently a wildlife photographer. His color photographs and mounts are amazing in their detail. The exhibit also includes descriptions by Phineus G. Goodrich of the wildlife of Wayne County as it existed in 1880, when his classic "The History of Wayne County, Pennsylvania" was published. The Goodrich book is available in the WCHS museum shop.