On May 7, 2014, almost 200 people gathered at the Seneca Knitting Mill in Seneca Falls, New York to celebrate the groundbreaking for the adaptive rehabilitation of this building which will be transformed into the Center for Great Women, the new home of the National Women’s Hall of Fame. Work began that day on the asbestos abatement and mill stabilization (which will include a new roof). That work will be completed in 2014.
Attendees included two members of Governor Cuomo’s cabinet – Roann Destito, Commissioner of the Offices of General Services and Brian Stratton, Director, New York State Canal Corporation. Dignitaries and their representatives included Senator Schumer; Senator Gillibrand; Representative Slaughter; Assembly Minority Leader Kolb; Don Earle, Seneca Falls Town Supervisor; and Menzo Case; President, Generations Bank. Governor Cuomo’s office issued the press release for the event. We thank the sponsors of the groundbreaking event: MRB Group, Corning Incorporated Foundation, Generations Bank, ITT, Seneca Meadows, and Great Western Champagne. In a very exciting development, the Town of Seneca Falls presented a check to the Hall for $250,000 to support the rehabilitation of the Mill. Following the groundbreaking, a reception was held at the Gould Hotel.
Grants from the following have been received in support of the project thus far:
• National Park Service Save America’s Treasures grant
• Empire State Development Restore New York grant
• New York State Environmental Protection Fund, three grants administered by the Office of Parks, Recreation, and Historic Preservation
• New York State Canal Corporation grant under the New York State Thruway Authority
• Rochester Area Community Foundation
• Town of Seneca Falls
Many individual donors also contributed the funds that allowed the Mill project to move forward. We are deeply grateful to all of them.
The press release was issued by Governor Cuomo’s office announcing the groundbreaking.
Letters of support were received from:
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Since groundbreaking, construction has progressed.