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Fun Fact about Syracuse & Onondaga County …. did you know …..

… the town of Jordan (incorporated in 1835) prospered particularly during 1830-1840 and 1870-85, when the Erie Canal made Jordan a principal commercial, industrial and transportation center for western Onondaga County. The village also experienced growth in the early twentieth century when Jordan enjoyed railroad and trolley service. By 1930, the Erie Canal took on new significance by being converted to a landscaped park as a W.P.A. (Works Progress Administration) project and remains a visual tool for understanding the canal and aqueduct construction.

Attached, please find this week’s edition of the Friday Facts. For details on any of these events or others down the road, take a gander at our website at www.VisitSyracuse.org.

Posted: Friday, September 17th, 2010 @ 7:00 am by Curt
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Wednesday, May 19, 2010 Spring Lecture Series at The Athenaeum of
Skaneateles. Topic: The History of the Erie Canal by Daniel Ward,
Curator at The Erie Canal Museum 7:00 PM. Free of charge and open
to the public. Call (315) 685-1400 to reserve your seat.

Posted: Tuesday, May 18th, 2010 @ 6:42 pm by Curt
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Auburn, NY Cayuga County Hometown History and CultureWhat do Las Vegas, NV, Branson, MO and Auburn, NY, all have in common? A unique brand that helps visitors understand their unique environments, attractions and cultures. In August, the City’s Historic & Cultural Sites Commission introduced a new campaign to help create a new brand for Auburn, entitled: History’s Hometown.

The Commission will promote the concept of History’s Hometown to help visitors recognize that Auburn is a remarkable hub for key figures and events in American history. The city offers attractions related to the Civil War, the Underground Railroad, Black History, American art history, Women’s Rights and more. In addition, “History’s Hometown” helps convey that Auburn is a small, welcoming city.

City Manager, Mark Palesh, believes that the new campaign leverages one of Auburn’s biggest strengths. “Founded in 1793, the City of Auburn has served as the historical crossroads for famous political figures, significant events, and culture,” Palesh says. “It provides a unique window into the forces that helped shape this country.”

According the Meg Vanek, Tourism Director for Cayuga County, the new positioning taps into a growing tourism trend centered around U.S. history and heritage. “Auburn really stands out among regional towns and cities,” explains Vanek. Not only does it offer all of the benefits of being located in the Finger Lakes, but its cultural and historic resources form the basis for a potentially robust heritage tourism program.”

The History’s Hometown marketing campaign will be rolled out over the next year. It will launch in August with billboards, public relations efforts, e-mail promotions and support at the retail level. For information about History’s Hometown, visit www.tourauburnny.com or call 315-255-1658.

About Auburn’s Historic & Cultural Sites Commission
The vision of the Commission is to position Auburn as the destination of choice in the Finger Lakes through support and promotion of its history and culture. The Commission organizations include Auburn Public Theater, Auburn Schine’s Theatre, Cayuga Museum & Case Research Lab, Harriet Tubman Home, Schweinfurth Memorial Art Center, Seward House Museum and Willard Memorial Chapel.

 

Posted: Tuesday, September 1st, 2009 @ 11:58 am by Curt
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Learning about the Stained Glass Windows at St. Mary’s

Sunday August 16

2 pm to 4 pm

St. Mary’s of the Lake Church
81 Jordan St
Skaneateles, NY
St. Mary’s of the Lake Church invites the community to join them in learning about the stained
glass windows at the Church.  The windows have a great story to tell. 

St. Mary’s of the Lake Church in Skaneateles is exploring the history of the beautiful biblical stained glass windows that adorn the church. The church is holding a public panel discussion, which will include background of the German company that created and shipped the windows in the 1920s, the families who donated them, and the spiritual meaning behind the scenes depicted in these magnificent works of art. Counterparts of these windows can be found throughout the state, the country and the world.

Join Father Thomas McGrath, Charlie Major, and Jerome Durr on Sunday, August 16th for a discussion and reception at the Church at 81 Jordan Street.  For more information call 315-685-5083.

Posted: Sunday, July 26th, 2009 @ 2:35 pm by Lynn
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Welcome to the Finger Lakes Cultural and Natural History Museum Project, a proposal to create a new museum that will showcase the 9,000-square-mile Finger Lakes Region of New York State.

Contact:                     John Adamski
Contact Info:             Phone: 585-746-6247
                                  Email: mail@fingerlakesmuseum.org

 

Exhibits are planned to include Native American culture, early colonization, and the histories of agriculture, viniculture, and commerce. Artifacts will range from antique boats and farm equipment to an immense freshwater aquarium containing the fish species that are native to the Finger Lakes. Outdoor exhibits will feature live specimens of native wildlife in natural settings like beavers, otters and the Seneca White Deer. Special focus will be given to invasive species such as lamprey eels, purple loosestrife and zebra mussels.

Each of the eleven Finger Lakes will be individually featured with geographical, geological, glacial and topographic details that depict the effects of the receding glaciers on the region 12,000 years ago.

Included in the concept is an art and photo gallery, an auditorium, a bookstore and a research library as well as flex-space for any other regional museums and historical societies within the fourteen Finger Lakes counties to present their own exhibits on a rotating basis.

How far along are we and where do we go from here?

Although the project is still in an embryonic stage, it has received the support and endorsements of the Finger Lakes Future Alliance, Finger Lakes Sierra Club, Life in the Finger Lakes magazine, Seneca White Deer, Inc., and The Nature Conservancy. Soon we will be forming an exploratory committee to study feasibility, select a site, prepare a business plan, and search for members of the Board of Trustees. Fundraising will begin as soon as a not-for-profit corporation is formed and the board is seated.

We are planning for a new facility of about 40,000 square-feet, which will feature state-of-the-art interactive indoor and outdoor exhibits.

How can you help?

Soon this website will be equipped to accept membership applications and other offers of support and announce upcoming fundraising events. Please feel free to offer your ideas and suggestions by contacting us. Thank you.

John Adamski, Project Director

 

Posted: Tuesday, December 23rd, 2008 @ 3:59 pm by Curt
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