Museum fund drive push is on

Staff reports
U.S. Rep Tom Reed with Finger Lakes Museum Project Director Don Naetzker. Reed says as a teen, he was a lifeguard at Keuka Lake State Park, in the background.

The Finger Lakes Museum is more than three-quarters of the way to its goal of raising $1 million by Dec. 31. There is a compelling reason to reach that Founder’s Campaign goal: The Finger Lakes Museum has been selected by Gov. Andrew Cuomo’s Regional Economic Development Council as one of 10 projects that could receive state funding this year.

Every $1 raised could be matched by as much as $3 by some state agencies, but the deadline is looming. The FLM Board of Trustees has pledged to match any amount that can be raised, which would give even better leverage with state funding.

FLM President John Adamski said, “To those of you who have already given, let me say that we are grateful for your support. We couldn’t have gotten this far without it. But now I’m asking you to consider an additional contribution, or even matching your previous gift. If you haven’t given yet, please consider doing so today.

These matching funds are critical, and you can make a difference.”

In other museum news, U.S. Congressman Tom Reed visited with Finger Lakes Museum Project Director Don Naetzker and Adamski recently. Adamski says Reed, a staunch supporter of museum, is exploring federal grant programs to identify funding.

Also, like last year, the museum staff has temporarily moved out of the Branchport School for the winter in order to save on heating costs.

During that time, some construction work will take place, beginning with asbestos remediation. The museum plans to resume operations at the school next May when that work is finished. In the meantime, staff will once again take up winter residence in the Board Room at Esperanza Mansion. Hours there are by appointment only.

Call (315) 595-2200 to make an appointment.

Anyone can become a founder of The Finger Lakes Museum by making a contribution of $100 or more. Donors receive a founders’ certificate, vehicle decal, and have their names inscribed on the Founders Wall in the entrance to the main museum building. Contributions can be made online at or mailed to the museum at PO Box 96, Keuka Park, N.Y., 14478.

The Finger Lakes Museum is an initiative to build a premier educational institution in Keuka Lake State Park to showcase the cultural heritage and ecological evolution of the 9,000 square mile Finger Lakes Region. It was chartered by the New York State Board of Regents in 2009 and is operating from development offices in the school, which it purchased from the Penn Yan Central School District last January.