Finger Lakes Museum gets another grant

Staff Writer
The Chronicle Express

Finger Lakes Museum board president John Adamski announced Wednesday that the project will be receiving a $15,000 grant from Rochester Area Community Foundation. It is the second grant to be awarded to the museum project in as many weeks.

In a letter to museum project director Don Naetzker, Community Foundation President and Executive Director Jennifer Leonard said “We are excited to be able to help establish the Finger Lakes Museum and to expand our reach into Yates County.” Leonard will personally present a check to the museum’s board of trustees at its March meeting.

Rochester Area Community Foundation works to improve the quality of life in the greater Rochester region by evaluating and addressing community issues as a source for philanthropic opportunities.

Primarily serving Genesee, Livingston, Monroe, Ontario, Orleans and Wayne counties, the Community Foundation is exploring a possible expansion of its services into Seneca and

Yates counties.

Last week, Adamski announced the award of a $100,000 grant to the Finger

Lakes Museum from the Rochesterbased Daisy Marquis Jones Foundation.

He said, “Both of these grants are an indication that our efforts are being recognized by the community as an important contribution to the region.”

The Finger Lakes Museum is an initiative to create a worldclass

educational institution that will showcase the cultural heritage and ecological evolution of

the 9,000 square mile Finger Lakes Region. It is slated to be built in Keuka Lake State Park, near Branchport, beginning in 2013. The museum also owns the Branchport Elementary School, which will be used for offices and interim programming.