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North Tonawanda History Museum names new chief

Howard W. Roeske Jr., a volunteer at the North Tonawanda History Museum, has been named its new executive director to oversee the foreclosed museum's move to a new location, yet to be disclosed.

The museum board chose Roeske on Thursday to succeed John Neal, who had been serving as acting director since the 2016 death of his mother, Donna Zellner Neal, the museum's founder.

The museum must leave the former G.C. Murphy store at 54 Webster St. by June 30 and is reducing its collection of artifacts, for which Roeske compiled a computerized catalog.

"I am developing a two-year plan for the museum," Roeske said. Besides ideas from locals and other museums, the Principles of Management class at Niagara University was assigned to a class project, working on improving the museum’s situation.


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