Depot Museum gets ready for 2018 Depot Days


AMBOY-The Amboy Depot Museum, built in 1876, is preparing for the 37th Annual Depot Days Celebration. Board Member Jack Dempsey was on hand Thursday as new storm windows were installed and painting was completed.

Phil Young and his son, Conner, installed the last of the 52 storm windows. “This is a high quality product”, Young said of the Accoya® Wood used for the custom-made storm windows that contain double strength glass. The wood is acetylated, which reduces the ability of the wood’s cell walls to absorb water by 80% and therefore less likely to swell, shrink or twist. it is warranted against fungal decay for at least 50 years in above the ground applications. The product is also non-toxic, fully reusable and recyclable.

Also working at the depot was Working Girl Painting of Dixon. A coat of paint was added to exterior windowsills before the storm windows were installed. Shirley Bender had been busy patching and painting ceilings and the hallway on the south end of the second floor.  Bender has done other work at the museum and hopes to be able to work on the stairwell walls sometime in the near future.

“There had been water damage on the ceiling due to prior roof repairs” said Bender. The repairs removed all evidence of the previous damage

The museum, on the National Register of Historic Places, is at the center of the Depot Days celebration. The Depot Museum is open Thursdays from 1 to 4 p.m., Fridays and Saturdays from 10 a.m. until 4 p.m. and Sundays from 1 to 4 p.m. Stop by and see the treasure trove of history at the museum located at 50 S. East Ave.