This is the beginning of a new year and the hopes for all the adventurous and exciting things to come in 2017.

As well as working at the five museums of Historic Palmyra, I am a resident within the village and town of Palmyra. The first thing I noticed about the new year 2017 is that, without fail, the town, county and library taxes showed up to welcome us all and bring us to the awakening that there are two things for sure: death and taxes.

One other item that is a sure thing is that of history. What happened has happened, what has been done is done and what is to come is future history. We at Historic Palmyra are hoping for an amazing 2017 that will go down in the annals of history as successful. Thanks to all that made 2016 such an amazing year at Historic Palmyra.

We have lost some of our dearest friends in the 2016 year — Town Supervisor Dave Lyon; our very own southern gal Ethel Mae Johnson; Ralph Collier, also a dear friend; Marie Curran, a quiet, noble woman; Tiny Matteson, husband of great friend Darlene, “Dolly”; Elmer VerPlank; and Helen Jarvis, not known to most of you, but known to the weaving world as the member of Historic Palmyra that wove a coverlet for the White House during the Carter years. There are always too many youngsters — which is anyone younger than 30 to me — that left quickly without warning and left their mark with small crosses along state Route 31. We have two new building lots in Palmyra’s village due to tragedy. This is just a small list of some neighbors and friends that have gone on.

The elections are over, and as we always do we deal with it, are excited about it or didn’t vote, which means we just plain didn’t care. But, since 1776 we have made the best of it and made things better.

History is an amazing thing, and we can draw on it whenever we think that something is happening that will destroy, change or ruin our lives. We are now 17 years into the new millennium and the world did not end. Do you all remember Y2K?

In this new year, it is Historic Palmyra’s hope to bring you the history new and old; offer amazing, unique programs; and share all the strength and fortitude of those that have gone before us. We are the strongest, most loving neighbors around. We spend a great deal of time sharing our work, time, gifts and funds with those in need of a helping hand. Making things better is always the goal ahead and the light at the end of the tunnel.

Worried about the new year and what it offers? Give the gift of volunteer work and making a difference. The final sure thing that is always visible in Palmyra is the time and commitment to donating and giving.

Historic Palmyra’s five museums are open from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m.Tuesdays through Thursdays. Our first program will be at 7 p.m. Jan.19 at the Alling Coverlet Museum. Come on down and join us.

If you are looking for some volunteer time, p.i.g. points and/or a commitment to learning and teaching, check us out. Call 315-597-6981 for information. We are looking for a handy person that can volunteer some time to make small repairs and help out. If you fit this bill, or any other volunteer projects, please call or stop by.