Batavia Depot Museum is celebrating Preservation Week this week to inspire residents to preserve community, family and personal history as well as local museum and library collections, according to a news release from the Batavia Park District.
The museum will host several unique events on Friday and Saturday, beginning with Cheers Through the Years, a pub crawl through some of Batavia’s best old gin joints, from 7 to 9 p.m. April 15. The event allows individuals to learn the history behind some of Batavia’s old bars and saloons and sample some specials designed for the event. Participants may join a guided tour or venture out on their own after picking up a map and wristband between 7 and 8 p.m. at the Depot Museum, 155 Houston St.
The fee for the event is $10 per person and is open to those 21 years and older.
From 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Saturday, a tour of Batavia’s century-old buildings will explore some hidden history in areas typically not viewed by the public. Visitors may pick up a map at the Depot Museum and explore on their own or travel by trolley to those locations. An all-day trolley pass is $20. For this tour, participants must take nothing but photographs and leave nothing but footprints.
From noon to 4 p.m. on Saturday, the museum will host the Artifact Petting Zoo. A special selection of items can be held or touched to experience the different ways that pieces can degrade through time. A rusted-over battery jar and half a dozen unidentified bovine bones will be some of the touchable artifacts.
To register for the pub crawl and adventure tour, go to bataviaparks.org/special-events and click on “Register Here”. The Artifact Petting Zoo is a free event, but monetary donations will be accepted at the museum.
Source: The Daily Chronicle