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Fire Museum receives State Charter

Earlier this month The Orange County Firefighters Museum was notified that they have received "Absolute Charter" status from the Head of Regents on behalf of the Education Department of the State of New York. The museum was granted provisional charter status on March 13, 1996 which was extended on Feb. 12, 2003 and finally granted "Absolute Charter" status on Sept, 13, 2011.

"We are grateful to the State of New York Board of Regents for recognizing our museum and Education Center and for granting  us "Absolute Charter" status said Ed Devitt, President of the Orange County Firefighters Museum.

An Absolute Charter is granted to museums and historical societies that meet the organizational and educational standards established by the Regents and thereby achieve what is termed registration. The progress made by the museum or historical society during the term of provisional charter is measured by applying the criteria set forth as standards in the Rules of the Regents. If an organization has a record of financial stability, prograrnatic accomplishment, and a well-founded reputation far excellence, it is usually successful in meeting the requirements of registrationn.

The result of a $successful review forms the basis of the recommendation that the Regents grant an absolute charter. If the Regents concur in that recommendation, the museum or historical society is registred and an absolute charter is granted.

The museum is located in the Village nf Montgomery at 141 Clinton Street and it is open from 1 to 4 p.m. on Saturdays and by appointment, Interested parties should call 845-457-9666 or email



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