Women’s Hall announced $650,000 in grants

The National Women’s Hall of Fame (NWHF) today announced that it has received two New York State grants totaling $650,000 from the Finger Lakes Regional Economic Development Council (FLREDC) for the rehabilitation of the historic Seneca Knitting Mill located in Seneca Falls, New York.The matching grants will enable the historic 1844 Seneca Knitting Mill to be adaptively rehabilitated into a new facility that will house the Hall and its transformation into the Center for Great Women. The NWHF’s new national headquarters will serve as an extraordinary venue to showcase the amazing stories of the Hall’s more than 250 Inductees. The Seneca Knitting Mill is located in the Seneca Falls Historic District along two waterfront acres of the Cayuga-Seneca Canal, a tributary of the Erie Canal.NWHF Board President Jill S. Tietjen stated “We are honored that New York State’s Finger Lakes Regional Economic Development Council has selected the National Women’s Hall of Fame to receive these grants. They are an important component of our regional and national fundraising efforts to create a first-class site for visitors from around the world to learn about the significant contributions of American women to our nation’s great history. It is particularly notable that our new headquarters resides in the birthplace of the American women’s rights movement.”Representative Louise Slaughter (D-NY25) commented, “I am so happy that the historic Seneca Knitting Mill will be joined together with the National Women’s Hall of Fame, which is so richly deserving of this new home. Western New York has a proud heritage as the birthplace of the women’s rights movement, and these investments will help us maintain that heritage and teach future generations about the legacy of American women. This project will also be an important contributor to the economic development of Seneca Falls and the region.”Recently, through New York Senator Charles Schumer’s efforts, the NWHF was granted an extension to its $246,000 federal grant under the Save America’s Treasures program. This award will enable the NWHF to immediately begin the critical cleanup, stabilization, and construction of a new roof on the circa 1844 limestone building.In support of the $25 million project, the NWHF has received over $5 million in matching federal and state grants, which include $2.5 million from the New York Empire State Development Corporation (Restore New York), two grants from the New York State Parks department, the federal Save America’s Treasures grant, and the most recent FLREDC grants. All are matching grants requiring the NWHF to raise the equivalent support through a local and national fundraising campaign from corporations, foundations and private individuals. To date, the NWHF has raised nearly $800,000 from citizens and local businesses, including $250,000 from the Town of Seneca Falls.

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