Westmoreland Historical Society welcomes its first Phase 4 visitors

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WESTMORELAND — The Westmoreland Historical Society greeted its first visitors on Friday, June 26 since temporarily closing in March because of COVID-19. Society president Ron Klopfanstein welcomed Kristin Hubley and her son Alex who came to donate a historical object that belonged to her late grandmother, Mae Weatherall, a longtime Westmoreland resident.

She said that her grandmother was very devoted to Westmoreland and instilled that love for the community and its history in her children and grandchildren. Now she is passing that along to her son Alex.

“As soon as my grandmother moved here in the 1970’s she really got involved,” Hubley recalled. “She played the organ at the Westmoreland United Methodist Church, she took us to the Westmoreland Town Pool, and she held her wedding reception in the Westmoreland Grange.”

Hubley said she wants her son to learn about his family’s history in Westmoreland and to give back to the community by donating a unique gold-painted novelty cat that was forged at the Westmoreland Malleable Iron Works. 

The item will be on display in the Westmoreland Historical Society’s permanent collection. As part of the group’s Phase 4 reopening, people can visit the society by appointment only and must wear a face mask. The society can be contacted through their social media page Facebook.com/WestmorelandHistoricalSociety or by calling 315-886-2665.

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