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Finger Lakes Boating Museum relocates office

By Journal Staff


GENEVA — The Finger Lakes Boating Museum has relocated its office from the Geneva Area Chamber of Commerce building to the former Geneva Recreation Department office on South Exchange Street adjacent to the city ice rink.

The office move is necessary because the chamber building will be demolished starting this fall so that a new Boating Museum can be built on the site.

The executive director of the museum, Dr. David Danahar, and Bobbi Clifford, assistant to the executive director, primarily use the office.

The Boating Museum reached agreement with the city of Geneva in the fall of 2009 to establish a permanent home on the Geneva waterfront, including a visitor center. The building is being enabled by a $2 million state grant, arranged by state Sen. Michael Nozzolio, and a $450,000 grant to the city through the Regional Economic Development Council initiative. Construction of the new Finger Lakes Boating Museum will start this September.

The Boating Museum has assembled a collection of more than 100 wooden boats built in the Finger Lakes over the past 100 years, as well as numerous related artifacts and extensive reference material. Portions of the collection will be displayed on a rotating basis within the new facility. The museum will also emphasize education, restoration, and preservation as part of its mission.

The boating museum is a 501(c)(3) not-for-profit corporation and was chartered by the New York State Department of Education in 1997.

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