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Used books on sale, new exhibits on display at North Tonawanda History Museum

More than 70,000 books will be on sale at the North Tonawanda History Museum’s winter book sale, from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Feb. 7.

The museum, located at 54 Webster St., also boasts 10,800 feet of exhibit space with a number of new exhibits for visitors to explore during regular museum hours. However, the museum is closed to visitors during the book sale.

The history museum has been offering used book sales each season, four times a year, since 2006. Executive Director Donna Zellner Neal suggests readers stock up on enough reading material to last until their next sale in the spring.

History museum volunteers will be restocking the shelves throughout the day as customers empty them. Many regular customers recycle their purchases by bringing them back after they have read them.

Paperbacks are 50 cents each or three for $1; hardcovers are $2 each or three for $2. Customers also can purchase a paper grocery bag and fill it up for $5. There are no previews and the museum requests no book dealers, out of respect for regular customers.

Used books can be dropped off during regular museum hours from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., Tuesdays through Saturdays.

There are a variety of new exhibits that are on displays for visitors.

The new James A. McGinnis exhibit has been created with archival material donated by the late mayor’s son, James A. McGinnis Jr.

Also new is the Goerss Family exhibit, which includes photos from the Irna Goerss Kraft collection donated in 2011. Goerss Kraft left a bequest of more than $38,000, which has been allocated to the John F. Kopczynski Memorial Future of Our Past Fund to help guarantee the future of the museum. The fund honors the man who made the first donation to launch the history museum in 2003.

The Rosebrock Family exhibit has expanded to include additional items and genealogy.

The story of Herman Rosebrock, his family and their house on Payne Avenue is included the museum’s second full-length book “North Tonawanda: Historic Treasures, Volume I and II.”

The F. Trinkwalder and Sons business display has been on exhibit in a temporary location since 2009, but it was recently moved into a permanent location in the museum. North Tonawanda City Historian Peter Trinkwalder is the grandson of the founder of the business, which operated at 146 Ironton St.

The museum also features a “Political Graveyard,” which continues to grow. It features a number of signs, bumper stickers, buttons, hats and other political memorabilia.