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Malta historical plaque exhibit open

There is a new historical plaques exhibit open at the Town of Malta Gazebo, adjacent to the Shops at Malta. It was officially opened on the afternoon of Thursday, June 5 in a ceremony led by Town Historian Teri Gay, who spearheaded the project.

The exhibit features nine plaques in all. Eight of them provide historic information on points of interest in the town, including a selection of photos that convey a then and now perspective. The focus is on Malta Corners, also known as Dunning Street Corners. The land for a parade ground was donated to the town by early settler Michael Dunning and became the town's first designated historic district.

Visitors to the exhibit can work their way around the gazebo to get a glimpse of town history. There is a plaque detailing the general history of Malta, followed by information on Dunning Street, Malta Corners, the Southeast Corner, the Parade Ground, the Southwest Corner, the Northwest Corner (where the gazebo itself is located) and the Northeast Corner. The plaques are situated so that you face the general direction of the location as you read about it.

Also included is a plaque listing the town's supervisors, all the way from the founding of the town in 1802 to present supervisor, Paul Sausville. There are plenty of empty slots for the future.

Sausville was present to lend words of support on Thursday. He said that the opening of the exhibit was a historic moment for the town, and emphasized the importance of keeping in touch with Malta's history.

"As I came here today I came by the Dunning Street cemetery, and I pulled off and walked around," said Sausville. "I wondered, 'What were these people like?'We don't know unless there's a special person who can bring that to life. That's what Teri has done."

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