Year-end Message From Out-going President Alice Roth
Break out the champagne 2020 is almost over!!! This year will go down in history as memorable and record- breaking for a whole lot of bad reasons, but we’ve survived so let’s look ahead to what new adventures 2021 will hold for the Society.
As I complete my tenure as president, I am proud to say I have helped set the stage for significant upgrades to all three of our facilities. Thanks to Erie County Legislator Kevin Hardwick, the Resource Center will get much needed new carpeting and interior painting. Using funds from the Annual Appeal, the Long Homestead will finally get a kitchen upgrade including new appliances and cabinets. And the city has assured me that the Museum will finally see its long awaited $315,000 construction project. Thank you Assemblyman Schimminger for your efforts on behalf of your district on this project and numerous others over your 40 years in office; it has been comforting to know we had a strong advocate in state government when the Twin Cities were in need of assistance. You will be missed both personally and professionally. We wish you well in your retirement.
The drawings that appear in this issue, which have received approval from NYS Historic Preservation Office (SHPO), were provided by Flynn-Battaglia Architects. The 1950s addition to the rear southeast corner of the main railroad station will be removed and replaced with a new handicap accessible entrance and accessible bathroom. New sidewalk will be added to connect the Main Street entrance to the new side entrance and the old bathroom area will be gutted and incorporated into the storage area. Additional cleaning and painting will create a fresh, friendly, functional space for visitors and volunteers alike.
In January the trustees will elect officers for 2021. I have happily served as President for the past 4 years but look forward to pursuing other projects at the Resource Center. New leadership helps to energize an organization and there will be plenty of challenges ahead. With construction activity going on at all of our properties, operations will be limited. The current plan is to have the Long Homestead open for summer tours and perhaps teas once the kitchen is rehabbed. Museum schedule will be limited by construction issues. Normal monthly programs will begin once the city opens up again. Meanwhile, dig out your mini-skits and bell bottoms so you’ll be ready to celebrate at our 60th YEAR ANNIVERSARY GALA!!!
In closing, thank you all for your support and encouragement over the past four years. It has been my great joy to work with knowledgeable and dedicated volunteers and members.The Historical Society plays an integral part in the well-being of the Tonawandas’ Community so let’s all commit anew to keeping it strong in 2021. (Remember to renew your membership.) Until we meet again . . .
HAPPY HEALTHY HOLIDAYS TO ALL!