Dignitaries spread throughout Onondaga County gathered Wednesday April 11 for the opening day celebration of the Stickley Museum located on the second floor of the Fayetteville Free Library.
Alfred and Aminy Audi, owners of Stickley Furniture, cordially addressed the crowd, lauding both individuals and companies who helped to make the museum possible. Aminy gave particular recognition to FFL board members.
"We are grateful for their patience and understanding as we deliberated what we would do with this space," Audi said. "We look forward to continued partnership in making this historic building a destination of choice for visitors throughout the country and the world."
For the success of Stickley, Aminy emotionally credited "the most important person in my life -- Alfred for his vision, for his dedication, his leadership, and above all, his integrity."
Alfred directed a thank you to the local community firemen who prevented the factory from burning down in a late-80's fire. "Without them, we would not be here today," Alfred said.
Although there are Stickley museums across the country, the FFL location houses the largest Stickley collection in the country.
The ribbon cutting ceremony coincided with Alfred's birthday, completing the festive event with a heartily sung "Happy Birthday" and cutting of cake before guests were invited to peruse the Stickley pieces on display for the first time.