2009-12-03 / Local & State

Historical Society News

A new Regina music box CD from the Fulton County Historical Society is available in time for Christmas giving. Local history adds to its interest.

During the Great Depression of the 1930s a Fulton County family came to McConnellsburg hoping to purchase a new modern radio at the dealership of Paul Shimer. Since cash was scarce, the family asked Shimer if he would consider taking their 1890s-era music box in exchange for a radio. The rich sound from the metal discs was much better than the common Victrola records of that time.

Shimer accepted the trade-in and kept the Regina, which was donated in 1982 by his widow, Kathyrn Shimer, to the Historical Society in his memory, along with a number of music discs. A CD recording of the music has now been made by Mike Pindell and is packaged in an attractive case designed by Summer Stiffler to benefit the Fulton County Historical Society.

Copies of the CD will be available at the Fulton House log cabin during the Christmas weekend event of December 4 and 5 for $10. Stop by to see and hear the original music box in the museum. The CD recording will also be available during regular business hours at Summer Thyme Floral, 110 Lincoln Way West, in McConnellsburg, and can be mailed for $12 from the Historical Society, Box 115, Mc- Connellsburg, PA 17233.

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