Making headway on Hannum Street

Many historical artifacts are also stored on the second floor of the Creamery, but because there isn't enough space currently to display them downstairs they are beyond a visitor's curious gaze.

"It's going to give us more space to bring out some of the artifacts that are hidden away," Thomsen said. "And also we're going to have more space to keep things like printed articles about sailing history and building history, history of the residential homes and anything else. The archival area is going to be larger so we'll be able to continue to have space for current articles that we find on family histories. The whole thing is going to give us more space in several areas."

To make this all happen by finishing the building project, which would at least double the square footage the Skaneateles Historical Society now has, the campaign committee is sending letters to various foundations asking for monetary help.

"We're hoping that some of these foundations come through," Miller said. "We're hoping to raise some more money that way. We do need to raise the rest of the money so we can finish the project."

The historical society not only provides locals and out-of-towners with a place to research and brush up on local history, but also gives local school children a haven to dig into their own family backgrounds and research other resident's families.

"We do a lot with education. We have the school children come and we give them a tour," Miller said, adding that high schoolers are treated to cemetery tours when they complete research on former residents who have passed away.

Historian Pat Blackler has also made connections with Cornell University's historic preservation graduate program and each year students descend on Skaneateles to research homes and the architecture within.

Despite all the programs the Skaneateles Historical Society is involved in, fundraising must go on in order to make the Creamery one of the best and most viable places to find history.

To help keep the building project going, donations can be sent to the Skaneateles Historical Society, 28 Hannum St., Skaneateles, NY 13152.

Miller said there are also naming opportunities where people can have their name or a memoriam placed on a brick paver that will be used during the landscaping once the project is completed. For more information about naming opportunities, call the Creamery at 685-1360.

Even though the project is coming along well, Miller said there's still a ways to go before it's complete.

"It is exciting," she said. "We are very happy that we're getting it done."

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