Roberson, in collaboration with the Broome County Historical Society, present Mysteries from the Vault, a collection marking 100 years of historic preservation in Binghamton.
These artifacts take visitors back to different times–how people lived, worked, and played. These objects act as gateways to how life felt and progressed to what it means to live in Binghamton today.
Each object is a thread to the past, pull hard enough and you might be interested to see what kinds of stories unravel.
Willis Kilmer was known in Binghamton as the creator of Kilmer’s Swamp Root, which seemed to promise a cure for all kinds of ailments. But he was also known for his passion of racing horses. This statue was a wedding gift to Kilmer and his third wife, Jane.
This sleigh commemorates a bygone age when the carriage was king–before automobiles.
These objects and more on view for a limited time.
We welcome visitors to browse through a part of the Broome County Historical Society’s collection, accented by objects from Roberson’s own vault. More objects can be seen at the Local History & Genealogy Center at the Broome County Public Library. If you’d like to grab a copy of their book to explore more artifacts, you can find it here.
Support for this exhibition is provided by the general operations support grants from the United Cultural Fund, a program of the Broome County Arts Council; the Conrad and Virginia Klee Foundation; the Zoos, Botanical Gardens and Aquariums Program, administered by the New York State Office of Parks, Recreational, and Historical Preservation; and the New York State Council for the Arts with the support of Governor Andrew M. Cuomo and the New York State Legislature.