I am pleased (and proud) to announce that I am now a member of the Board of Directors of the Homer Historical Society:
Charles (Chazz) Spina, proprietor of Restoration Fabrics andTrims and owner of a historic 1880 Victorian home has been named to the Homer NY Historic Society Board of Directors. Historic Homer, located in Central New York, has a long and illustrious history including significance in the civil war and suffragist and abolitionist movements.
So I thought I'd take this opportunity to tell you a bit about Homer, NY.Chazz's passion for preservation and considerable knowledge of historic periods are a welcome addition to the Historic Society Board members. One of his first tasks will be to help identify and create a catalog of the historic society's collection. Chazz, a specialist in historic period decor will also be providing period needlepoints and fabrics for restoring some of the furnishings in the Society's holdings.
|The First Reading of the Emancipation Proclamation|
by Francis B. Carpenter of Homer NY
So, as you can see, Homer has a lot to be proud of in terms of its history, historic homes and a Main Street with its wonderful historic Village Green, an opera house that now needs restoration but in its heyday boasted appearances by Mark Twain, among others.
Many of these buildings are in dire need of preservation -- and we stand to lose more than just the buildings. There's a lot of history and a sense of civic pride that I hope to be able to help the Historic Society of Homer rekindle and keep alive.
|The Original Cardiff Giant|
The Cardiff Giant and the copy P. T. Barnum had made when Hannum wouldn't sell him the original, are still on display - the first at the Farmers' Museum in Cooperstown, NY and the latter at Marvin's Marvelous Mechanical Museum in Farmington Hills, Michigan.
This has turned into a longer and more meandering entry than I intended, so let me conclude for now by returning to the original reason for this post and summarizing thusly:
It is my hope that, The Homer Historic Society, through displays, educational programs, and similar endeavors and in working with similar preservation-minded area groups such as the local Landmark Society and Cortland Historical Society, can play a significant role in garnering support for preserving our heritage.
I am honored to be part of this wonderful group of concerned and caring citizens and very pleased to contribute to this wonderful community and I hope to help the Homer Historic Society bring the past alive to enrich the present and inspire the future.