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Women's Hall of Fame will get new home

SENECA FALLS—The National Women’s Hall of Fame is getting an upgrade with plans to move into a new building in Seneca Falls.
The Hall of Fame was first established in Seneca Falls in 1969. In 1979, the organization purchased a former bank building in Seneca Fall’s Historic District. The National Women’s Hall of Fame is still in that building, but as director Christine Moulton explains, it has become too small. It is home to exhibits, artifacts of historical interest, a research library and offices.
So, in 2006 the Hall of Fame purchased the historic Seneca Knitting Mill. Work on the building, also in Seneca Falls, is expected to begin this summer.
The building will be turned into a state-of-the-art facility and the Hall of Fame’s new home. Not only will it honor women inducted into the Hall of Fame, but also pay tribute to the mill and the industrial workers of Seneca Falls. Moulton said the Hall of Fame would honor the immigrants who worked on the Erie Canal and in the mill itself.
Moulton said a Save America’s Treasures grant for $250,000 has been awarded, and needed matching funds are being obtained. Seneca Falls has also been awarded a $5.2 million Restore New York grant for the project. To help with the cost, private donations are also being used. Moulton added that more funding will be needed.
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