The Friendship Museum at 1 Martin Point Road in Friendship celebrated its 50th anniversary at its grand opening June 28.

The program was opened by Co-Presidents Kathie Homon and Susan Lott presenting certificates of appreciation honoring the work of Lynn and Bill Case and the generosity of Randy Foster and his family, who donated the schoolhouse building to the museum.

Foster was vice president of the museum from 1964 to 1972, president from 1973 to 1985, and treasurer from 1993 to 1999. His late wife, Sally, was treasurer in 2000 and vice president from 2001 to 2003.

Lynn Case was president of the museum from 1999 to 2003 and was instrumental in getting the 501(c)(3) non-profit status and major fundraising.

After the presentation, Phil Pratt emceed an informal question and answer session. Viola and Blaine Davis, Caroline Zuber, David Wallace, and Bill and Lynn Case were on the panel taking questions. Several audience members took part in relaying stories from the past about Friendship and its residents.

The Friendship Museum is open Mondays to Saturdays, from 1 to 4 p.m. and Sundays, 2 to 4 p.m. until Labor Day. After Labor Day it will be open on weekends until Columbus Day.

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