CAZENOVIA — Throughout the past year, numerous non-profits, businesses, and individuals in the Cazenovia area received recognition for their accomplishments and/or contributions to the community.
Here is a selection of those achievements:
Friends of Lorenzo wins grant to facilitate access to historical archives
Last summer, the Friends of Lorenzo (FOL) was awarded a $43,000 Park and Trail Partnership Grant to create an electronic aid designed to make it easier to locate items in Lorenzo State Historic Site’s vast archive of historical photos, maps, letters, posters, and other documents.
Located at 17 Rippleton Rd, Lorenzo is the 1807 Federal-style home of Holland Land Company agent and Cazenovia founder John Lincklaen. The Lincklaen/Ledyard family continually occupied Lorenzo until the property and its contents were conveyed to New York State in 1968. The site is operated by the NYS Office of Parks, Recreation and Historic Preservation and supported by the FOL.
“The archives are a hidden treasure of information on Cazenovia, Central New York, and the history of the United States,” said Lorenzo Site Manager Michael Roets in an Aug. 3 press release. “[Making] the archive more accessible for residents, historians, and others has been a long-standing priority of mine.”
According to Roets, Lorenzo’s collection of documents and objects is one of the largest in the NYS Parks system. The electronic catalog will provide an easy, computer-based aid to navigating the archives and finding materials of interest. Later stages of the project will involve scanning the documents to create digital images that can be linked to the electronic finding aid.
Sponsored by Parks & Trails New York, the grant award represents the culmination of a year-long effort by the FOL.
Following the award announcement, the Lorenzo team said it expected the project to be completed sometime early this year, at which time the FOL will provide free access to the electronic finding aid through its website.
Hilltop House joins network of historic sites, receives multiple preservation grants
In the past year, the Dorothy Riester House and Studio (Hilltop House) at Stone Quarry Hill Art Park (SQHAP) received national recognition, as well as multiple grants to support the building’s preservation and foster artistic and community engagement with the site.
Hilltop House is the former home of ceramicist, sculptor, author, preservation activist, and SQHAP founder Dorothy Riester (1916-2017).
The home was designed and built by Riester and her husband, Robert, with help from local contractors.
In 2014, Hilltop House, along with the original 23-acre property, was placed on the National Register of Historic Places for its significance as a highly intact example of a mid-twentieth century modern house and …….