The Champlain Valley National Heritage Partnership, Clinton County and generous donors help CCHA replace deteriorating windows

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This article originally appeared on the Clinton County Historical Association & Museum's website.

In late 2019 it became obvious that the windows in the old Band Building at 98 Ohio Avenue, the home of the Clinton County Historical Association, needed to be replaced when during a wind storm two windows on the museum’s 2nd floor shattered.  A review of all the windows concluded that 20 of the 35 windows would need replacement within the next couple of years.  The first to assist was a grant opportunity through the Champlain Valley National Heritage Partnership.  This came under their collections grant umbrella and covered two windows.  Shortly after, with an appeal to CCHA members, donations came in to replace another 10.  In 2022 two more grants were received, again from the Champlain Valley National Heritage Partnership for 3 more windows and one from the County’s tobacco money fund for two.  Presently we have replaced 18 of the most seriously damaged windows with the help and support of grants and members.

The new windows are energy efficient, offer UV protection for exhibited artifacts and have been approved by the New York State Historic Preservation Office (SHPO).. The museum received permission from the City of Plattsburgh Planning Board to replace all windows on December 23, 2019, and replacements will continue until all 35 windows have been brought up to current standards.  This project is part of  the Clinton County Historical Association’s commitment to keeping its 117-year-old building fit for visitors and secure for housing exhibits and artifacts.