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Rush Historical Society: Update for 2023

Updated: Jun 22, 2023

The RHS would like to thank the Rush Town Board and other parties involved for entering into a lease agreement for our use of the 1911 Corner House. We’re applying for a significant New York State Arts and Culture Grant, and we plan on applying for more in the near future. In order to qualify, a lease arrangement was needed. The grant application deadline is January 12, 2023.

The grant priorities are:

· Accessibility

· Artistry

· Cultural Development

· Environmental Sustainability

· Health and safety.

We’re one of the few towns in Monroe County which doesn’t currently have a space to host rotating displays of the town’s historical artifacts and documents. Our town board recognizes the importance of preserving and showcasing our history. History is occurring every day!

By law, the town has to have a town historian. All current items are unviewable by the public, for the most part, due to the fact that they’re stored on the third floor of the town hall in a small room, and are available for viewing by appointment only.

We look forward with great enthusiasm to growing the RHS!

On September 2, 2020, the Rush Historical Society was the only organization to submit a proposal for the 1911 Corner House, and that focus was to gain a place to house rotating displays of town-owned artifacts, as well as future treasures already promised to RHS. This space would also provide programming and have a meeting space for Rush community groups. We’re confident this would meet the grant’s expectations and those of future grants, as well as going forward with the town and its comprehensive plan.

A resolution was just sent to town residents regard this lease agreement. Feel free to look at that on the town’s website.


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