THE last six decades have brought vast changes but one important local asset is still maintaining a connection to the past.
As Scone and Upper Hunter Historical Society celebrates its 60th anniversary this month, the museum and research centre continue to protect numerous artefacts and significant items.
President Janice Cameron described it as a hidden treasure.
“We’re off the highway so not many people know that all this is here,” she said.
“It really is a community asset; we’ve got family history, places, properties, houses, and lots of other things.
“When it first opened, people were bringing items in from everywhere and, 60 years later, there are still plenty of artefacts being brought to us that are of great interest.”
Ms Cameron said the museum and research centre had managed to connect people through their family history, assisted others with their investigations, and helped educate the younger generation.
The society hosted its first public meeting in Kelly Street, Scone, on March 21, 1956.
The work was started by a small band of interested volunteers and carried on by an unbroken chain of members.
Over the years the society has continued to improve its resources as finances have permitted, while equipment such as micro fiche records including hotel licences, conditional pardons, Scone Advocate newspapers from 1887, and computer evidence of births, deaths and marriages have assisted with research.
Part of the anniversary celebrations will include an Open Day on April 6 at the research centre in Kingdon Street from 10am-2pm.
All members, friends and the general public are invited to come and see what is on offer in the Old Sergeants Residence and at the museum in the old lock up.
To assist with numbers, please RSVP to firstname.lastname@example.org or phone Ann on 6545 9773 or Betty on 6544 1598.