Resolution J1919-2013

Commemorating the 50th Anniversary of the Fenton History Center



  • May 21, 2013: ADOPTED
  • May 17, 2013: REFERRED TO FINANCE


LEGISLATIVE  RESOLUTION commemorating the 50th Anniversary of the Fenton
History Center

WHEREAS, It is incumbent upon the people of the State  of  New  York  to
recognize  and acknowledge certain institutions that improve the quality
of life for individuals and communities within this great  Empire  State
through historical and educational resources; and
  WHEREAS,  Attendant to such concern, and in full accord with its long-
standing traditions, this Legislative Body is justly  proud  to  commem-
orate  the  50th  Anniversary of the Fenton History Center in Jamestown,
New York; and
  WHEREAS, The Fenton History Center began its own history in early 1963
as a grassroots effort to save the Fenton Mansion; in May of  1964,  the
Fenton  History  Center  was  officially  chartered to collect and teach
others about the rich history of the region; and
  WHEREAS, The mission of the Fenton History Center is to provide educa-
tional and cultural opportunities for the residents of Chautauqua County
and its visitors through the collection, preservation and exhibition  of
artifacts  and archival materials pertaining to Jamestown and Chautauqua
County, New York; and
  WHEREAS, The Fenton History Center is located in the  historic  Fenton
Mansion,  the home of Reuben E. Fenton who served as New York's Governor
from 1865 to 1869; Governor Fenton also  served  in  the  United  States
House  of  Representatives  and  the  United  States  Senate; the Fenton
Mansion has been placed on the National Register of Historic Places; and
  WHEREAS, The Fenton Mansion, built 150 years ago  as  a  family  home,
serves  as  a  museum  with numerous exhibits and period rooms detailing
life in the Nineteenth Century as well as the important roles played  by
the  residents  of Jamestown and Chautauqua County in the history of our
country; other temporary exhibits  and  programs  have  highlighted  the
accomplishments  of local figures including Supreme Court Justice Robert
H. Jackson, famed actress Lucille Ball, cartoonist Brad Anderson, natur-
alist Roger Tory Peterson, and many others; and
  WHEREAS, With an eye  toward  encouraging  students  to  enrich  their
education,  the  Fenton History Center provides numerous interactive and
multi-sensory educational programs at the  museum;  the  Fenton  History
Center also offers summer camps focused on the Civil War and archaeology
for students from first through seventh grade; and
  WHEREAS,  The  Fenton History Center provides many services and educa-
tional opportunities for adults including a Brown Bag Lecture series and
Walking Tours of Jamestown; the Center's  library  also  supports  local
history and genealogical research; and
  WHEREAS,  Facing  a need to expand, the Fenton History Center acquired
the Hall House in 2008, with a grant from the New York State  Department
of Education; this former home of William Hall, founder of the Jamestown
Worsted  Mills,  was renovated to house the research center, collections
and archival management, allowing the Fenton History  Center  to  better
manage and care for their collection; and
  WHEREAS,  The  Fenton  History  Center  proudly celebrates 50 years of
educating adults and children of all ages; the Center looks  forward  to
the  future  while sharing the long and vibrant history of Jamestown and
Chautauqua County; and
  WHEREAS, It is the intent of  this  Legislative  Body  to  commemorate
milestones  in the histories of certain exceptional institutions in this
great Empire State; now, therefore, be it

  RESOLVED, That this Legislative Body pause  in  its  deliberations  to
commemorate  the 50th Anniversary of the Fenton History Center in James-
town, New York, and be it further
  RESOLVED, That a copy of this Resolution, suitably engrossed, be tran-
smitted to the Fenton History Center.


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