After nearly two years of planning and construction, the Paul E. Merrill Horse-Drawn Equipment Building was dedicated and opened to the public on September 1, 2012 during our 22nd Annual Old Fashioned Harvest Days Exhibition. President Alan Garrand welcomed members, visitors and special guests including members of the Paul E. Merrill family and NY State Senator Patty Ritchie. Secretary Roger Austin presented a summary of how the building had been designed and constructed. Sandra Goolden whose gift three years earlier initiated the project spoke about her father-in-law, P.E. Merrill and his love of Belgian horses. Goolden and her past husband, Paul D. Merrill had continued the Merrill family tradition of supporting community projects following Paul E's passing. Sandra's parents, Leon and Carole Goolden, had virtually matched her gift. Leon spoke of the generosity and hard work of those who made the project possible. Senator Ritchie presented a proclamation "on behalf of the people of the great Empire State, thanking members and supporters for their hard work in making this weekend, this museum and the new "Horse-Drawn Equipment Building" possible." A plaque on the front of the building was unveiled and Ethan Merrill, grandson of Paul E., invited all to enter the new facility.
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