The Warren Historical Society will hold an opening reception May 22 from 6 to 8 p.m. to celebrate its new museum space at the Warren Community Center at 7 Sacket Hill Road.

For almost a year, historical society members have been moving and digitally archiving the collection.

A display, "Warren's History in Ten Objects," will be the centerpiece of the evening.

The historical society was incorporated in 2006 and had long kept its article, photographic and archival collection in the building known as the Academy at 8 Sackett Hill Road

Although the Academy is a revered structure in the town, having served as a secondary school, temporary headquarters for the General Store and as town hall for over a hundred years, the space allotted for the museum was less than 182 square feet with conditions not conducive to collecting preservation.

The historical society's new space quadruples that.

When the town renovated the Community Center in 2010, it allocated the area formerly used by the town clerk and the vault to the historical society.

The walls and floors were painted with archival-friendly paints and new temperature and electrical fittings were installed.

The new space has been outfitted with state-of-the-art movable shelving, file cabinets, a computer and peripherals and two dataloggers to ascertain that temperature and humidity levels are optimum for collection preservation, courtesy of grants from the Connecticut Trust for Historic Preservation and the Connecticut Humanities Council, as well as donors.