Manlius Since 1976, the Manlius Historical Society has documented history happening in within the town of Manlius and villages of Fayetteville, Manlius and Minoa.
This summer, the MHS is trying out something new – a “Taste of Manlius” event - to help promote awareness about its services and to help raise money for renovations to the building, which are estimated to cost about $30,000, said Executive Director Laura Pierie.
“Our goal is to help people realize that history is happening – it’s not just in the past, it’s happening right now,” Pierie said. “Right now, you’re doing something that could be important. We want people to start thinking outside the box about history.”
The Taste of Manlius will be the first push to raise funds for the renovations to the museum building, which Pierie said she hopes to begin as soon as possible. The first phase of the project would include re-grading the basement, she said. Water has been seeping into the basement, causing decay within the walls and making the basement unusable as a storage space.
“Water is drawing towards the building rather than away from it, so after a while, the water starts to erode the building,” she said.
The proposed second and third phases of the renovation plan would include removing the stairs to the museum, which are beginning to accumulate mold, and completely re-facing the entryway to make it wheelchair accessible, as well as improving the lighting within the building.
Breaking the stereotypes
Although the MHS is responsible for keeping historical records of events throughout the town – it has documents, yearbooks and artifacts, some of which date back to the 1800s – Pierie said that the historical society is as much about outreach and education as it is about documentation.
“I don’t want people to think that just store things,” she said. “We partner with the Manlius Library for outreach projects, I go into the schools with artifacts from the museum and do presentations – our goal is to help people realize that we’re not just these two little yellow buildings on a corner.”