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Keuka Lake State Park is one of two museum finalists

YATES COUNTY—Keuka Lake State Park is still in the running to be the home of the Finger Lakes Cultural & Natural History Museum.
Keuka Lake State Park and the Seneca Lake State Park in Geneva are the two finalists.  John Adamski, president of the Board of Trustees of the Finger Lakes Cultural & Natural History Museum, said Monday, Feb. 8 that the Site Selection Committee has referred the two sites to the board for further assessment. They are the Geneva/Seneca Lake State Park site along the lakefront in Geneva and Keuka Lake State Park near Branchport. Both sites offer lake frontage.
No longer in contention is the Bush Farm in Ledyard, the Wells College campus in Aurora, or Sampson State Park in Romulus. Sponsors of those sites were informed of the decision last Friday.
Adamski said that a great deal of effort was put into proposals from the five site sponsors and that each had to be fairly evaluated. Site selection committee members logged more than 150 hours in multiple site visits, committee meetings, and deliberations.
The committee has asked the board to consider a comparative marketing study to help determine which of the two remaining sites would be the most viable due to concerns for the long-range economic stability of the project based on its location.
Adamski said, “The advantage that the Geneva site has is its central location, which is close to the Thruway and halfway between Rochester and Syracuse. The benefit of the Keuka Lake site is its intimate lakefront and wilder setting, which is more conducive to outdoor wildlife exhibits.” Plans call for natural habitats to showcase native wild animals such as bald eagles, beavers, black bears, coyotes, foxes, otters, and the unique Seneca White Deer.
The proposed $40 million is planned to be primarily funded by private donations and corporate grants. A committee is currently working on a fundraising program. 

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