Email to the Editor: Best use for historic table?

In a picture from the Cornwall Community Museum's Facebook page, the entrance to the museum. (Cornwall Community Museum/Facebook via Newswatch Group)

Is this the best way to preserve a table that dates to the founding of Eastern Ontario?

After many years I visited our fine Community Museum in Lamoureux Park to see the changes. I enjoyed looking at the new displays and layout, and refreshing my memory about Cornwall’s proud history, but left confused about the relocation of one of the artifacts. When I last visited the Wood House, the summer student proudly pointed out a small dining room buffet table, dating from the early 19th century that came from the Sir John Johnson Manor House in Williamstown. They enthusiastically suggested that this was one of the Museum’s oldest and prized pieces of Canadian made furniture, and even hinted that it might have belonged to Johnson.

To my surprise this “prized” piece of furniture was now doing duty in the entrance hall as a sales table, where it could be easily damaged. I wonder if this is the best way to display this 200 year old plus treasured table? Is this the best way to preserve an artifact of such historic importance? A table that dates back to the very founding of Eastern Ontario and Cornwall. Doesn’t the museum have something less historically significant to sell mementoes from?

John Leroux