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December 8, 2012

Sidney among those to receive historical grants

The Daily Star

---- — Four grants totaling nearly $16,000 have been awarded to the local area by the Preservation League of New York State.

A historic preservation project in Sidney, a survey of historical properties in New Lisbon and Garrattsville, and State and National Register of Historic Places nominations for areas in Hartwick and Guilford will be paid for with the funds.

The largest award is a $6,000 grant to the village of Sidney, which will go toward nominating the core of the village for inclusion on the state and national registers.

According to a media release, the buildings in the village’s core provide a timeline for the development of the village between 1790 and 1888, the latter marking the year Sidney was incorporated. The structures include two- to four-story brick-and-wood commercial rows on Main Street; three schools (one vacant); churches; high style and workers’ housing, and a large rural cemetery. The National Register nomination, if successful, would enable property owners to take advantage of state and federal tax credits for building rehabilitation.

The project, which will be completed by consultant Anna Blinn Cole of Gilbertsville, supports Sidney’s post-Tropical Storm Lee flood recovery by capitalizing on its “hometown character” and supports the implementation of the village’s Strategic Plan.

A similar grant, in the amount of $3,300, was made to the town of Hartwick. Its application will include 175 properties in the hamlet of Hartwick along state Route 20 and county Route 11, including a strong concentration of early 19th- to early 20th-century homes, churches and commercial buildings.

The town is working with the Hartwick Historical Society through the Hartwick Historic District Committee to secure local financial support to complete this nomination. Cooperstown consultant Jessie Ravage will complete the project.

The grant to the town of New Lisbon will facilitate a comprehensive reconnaissance survey of cultural resources throughout this rural township. Scattered farmsteads, a state park, and a wide range of building types located in the hamlets of New Lisbon and Garrattsville will be examined.

According to the release, the survey will underscore the resurgence of local products – from beer to cheese to maple syrup – being produced by entrepreneurs in Garrattsville. This survey will also be completed by Ravage.

A $3,600 grant was presented to the Guilford Historical Society in October. The society prepared an application to nominate the hamlet of Guilford to the state and national historic registers.

The Preserve New York Grant Program is made possible by the New York State Council on the Arts with the support of Governor Andrew Cuomo and the New York Legislature.

“At its August, 2012 meeting, the Preserve New York grant program panel selected 14 applicants in 11 counties around the state to share $83,674 in funding,” said Tania Werbizky, the League’s Regional Director of Technical and Grant Programs in western New York. “As always, the competition for these funds was intense. The Preservation League is delighted to help advance the preservation efforts of the village of Sidney with timely funding through Preserve New York.”

For more information on the Preserve New York Grant Program, call (518) 462-5658 or visit the League’s website at