Resolution J5576-2013

Commemorating the 50th Anniversary of the Waterford Historical Museum and Cultural Center

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  • Jun 3, 2014: ADOPTED
  • Jun 3, 2014: REPORTED TO CALENDAR FOR CONSIDERATION
  • May 29, 2014: REFERRED TO FINANCE

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LEGISLATIVE  RESOLUTION commemorating the 50th Anniversary of the Water-
ford Historical Museum and Cultural Center

WHEREAS, It is the sense of this Legislative Body that  the  quality  of
life of the citizens of the State of New York is greatly enriched by its
exceptional cultural, educational and recreational institutions; and
  WHEREAS,  It  is the custom of this Legislative Body that institutions
which are founded in educational purpose, and which help to preserve the
history and heritage of a people, merit the highest commendation; 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  Waterford  Historical  Museum  and
Cultural  Center;  this  auspicious  milestone will be celebrated with a
yearlong celebration including its Canal Mule Parade, a  fundraiser  and
promotion of Waterford; and
  WHEREAS,  In  1964,  after  the  White  Homestead was purchased by the
Waterford Historical Society; The Committee  for  Waterford  Museum  was
established  as a branch of the Historical Society, charged with raising
the funds and organizing the move of its new location; the committee was
chartered by the New York State Department of Education as the Waterford
Historical Museum and  Cultural  Center  and  their  mission  became  to
improve  the  cultural,  educational and historical atmosphere of Water-
ford; and
  WHEREAS, Starting in early 1964, and ending  with  the  grand  opening
dedication  on  September  15, 1966, volunteers spent thousands of hours
fund raising, working on the building, running  programs,  starting  the
Museum collections, all in preparation to open the new Waterford Histor-
ical Museum and Cultural Center; and
  WHEREAS,  On  September  25, 1965, the Waterford Historical Museum and
Cultural Center officially opened its doors to the public with  a  small
collection of items; soon after its opening, the museum started off with
a  Festival  of  History and Art, and programs were held at least once a
week for two months; and
  WHEREAS, In 1968, the efforts of the Waterford Historical  Museum  and
Cultural  Center's volunteers were officially honored, and the organiza-
tion was awarded the New York State Council on the Arts "New York  State
Award  1968";  this auspicious award recognized the significant contrib-
ution to the quality of life and the artistic enhancement of  the  State
of New York; and
  WHEREAS,  The  Waterford  Historical  Museum  and Cultural Center also
sponsors a wonderful program for fourth graders in the area,  CanalWays,
which  is  a  unique  hands-on outdoors history experience, based on New
York State Social Studies Standards for the fourth grade; The  New  York
State  Canal  Corporation,  the Waterford Canal and Towpath Society, and
the Waterford Harbor Visitors Center join the  museum  in  an  all  day,
multiple location, hands-on program for fourth grade classes; and
  WHEREAS, CanalWays is geared to enhance the students' understanding of
the  history  of  canals, its impact on society and the canal today; the
program runs for 5-7 days and serves up to 100 students per day, includ-
ing visits to five stations where the students learn about canal history
in different learning environments; and
  WHEREAS, CanalWays has been recognized as a  worthy  model  for  other
museums  around the state by the Museum Association of New York, and the
Museumwise, formerly the Upstate History Alliance; in March of 2008, the
Waterford Historical Museum and Cultural Center was selected to  give  a
presentation  about  CanalWays  as  part  of a workshop for other museum

professionals at the Museum  Association  of  New  York/Upstate  History
Alliance Annual conference; and
  WHEREAS,  Throughout  the  years,  cherished,  preserved,  and  bodily
removed in space, a fine historic house, was rescued from destruction by
a dedicated group of individuals, and now houses communal aspiration  in
the arts; and
  WHEREAS,  The  expert  staff  of  the  Waterford Historical Museum and
Cultural Center are and always have been characterized by an  impressive
commitment,  an  unbridled enthusiasm, and an uncompromising standard of
excellence, and accordingly merit the commendation of  this  Legislative
Body; now, therefore, be it
  RESOLVED,  That  this  Legislative  Body pause in its deliberations to
commemorate the 50th Anniversary of the Waterford Historical Museum  and
Cultural Center; and it further
  RESOLVED, That a copy of this Resolution, suitably engrossed, be tran-
smitted to the Waterford Historical Museum and Cultural Center.

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