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Finger Lakes Cultural & Natural History Museum

Finger Lakes Cultural & Natural History Museum Visits Yates CountyOn October 27, the Finger Lakes Visitors Association and the Finger Lakes Economic Development Center hosted the monthly meeting of the Finger Lakes Cultural and Natural History Museum at the Esperanza Mansion. The Finger Lakes Cultural and Natural History Museum is considering five possible locations in the Finger Lakes Region, including Keuka Lake State Park as the location for its planned $50 million museum.The meeting, attended by over 50 people from throughout the region, featured two guests from the Adirondacks Museum at Blue Mountain Lake, and the Wild Center in Tupper Lake. According to John Adamski, President of the local museum project, these two museums serve as models for the museum planned for the Finger Lakes Region. Susan Arnold of the Wild Center said, “the Finger Lakes Region, offers a perfect setting for a successful museum that will highlight the history and beauty of the region for all generations to enjoy – now and in the future.” Ms Arnold spent many summers on Keuka Lake as a child and indicated that the region has always been “a special place for her.” She is now is a senior official of the Wild Center, also known as The Natural History Museum of the Adirondacks. Sarah Lewin, Institutional Advancement Director of the Adirondack Museum, agreed that the Finger Lakes is an ideal place for the museum envisioned by the growing number of supporters of the local project.David Wegman, President of the Finger Lakes Visitors Association and Steve Griffin, Executive Director of the Finger Lakes Economic Development Center are leading an effort to bring the planned museum to Yates County at Keuka Lake State Park. An announcement of the site selected is expected early next year. After the meeting, David Wegman, treated those attending the meeting to a trip on the Esperanza Rose to view the Keuka Lake State Park site. Wegman said, “we believe that Yates County is an excellent location for the planned museum, and that tourism and economic development in Yates County will favorably be impacted if the Keuka Park State Park location is eventually selected.”

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