Ribbon cutting ceremonies were held today for the new Clay We Were Museum located at the Clay County Historical Society.

Historical Society President Mike White said, "We've waited a long time for this day and we're glad it's finally here!"

The society has worked tirelessly for over a year to create the museum which in the words of many in attendance is "fantastic" and "amazing".

City councilwomen Traci White Rice said she couldn't believe her eyes.

"This is just unbelievable," she said while browsing the displays.  "The job the society has done is outstanding.  This is as professionally put together as anything I've ever seen."

Mayor James Ed Garrison said he was extremely impressed with how the museum was done.

"It's a great look into Clay County and Manchester's history," he said.  "I'm so proud to have something like this in our town."

A standing room only crowd was in attendance at the mid-day ceremony Thursday and nobody walked away unsatisfied with what they seen.

"It's truly outstanding," said Linda Wagers of First National Bank.  "I am so proud of what our Historical Society has done here."

President White said the museum would not have been possible without the hardwork and dedication of the committee and the donors.

"Without them this would not have been possible," he said.  "We can't thank everyone enough for helping us bring this to life in our town."

Manchester and Clay County is one of the few locations in southeastern Kentucky that now has a museum, according to society members.