"It's great to be going out with this under my belt," said Gay. "The project is very near and dear to me."
The plaques have some history of their own. Groundwork for the exhibit was laid in the 1990s, when the Nigro Companies submitted a Planned Development District document for construction at the Shops at Malta. The PDD included plans for the gazebo and plaques as a gift to the town, but the plaques were never built or installed.
"It sort of fell by the wayside, and I think people forgot about it, quite frankly," said Gay.
She stumbled across the legislation when researching the Shops at Malta, and decided to pick the project back up.
"It was just kind of there waiting for somebody to do it," she said.
Gay wrote the text and chose the images for the plaques, and it took about a year to get to the final product. Now that the exhibit is finished, it will be a reminder of the past for a town that is rapidly changing.
"It was a wonderful time to do it to because of what's happening in our downtown area," said Gay. "When I am writing about Malta, I am fond of writing 'Come to Malta, where history meets the future.' Malta will always be a place where history holds importance.""