County Executive Nicholas J. Pirro will be joined by Honeywell officials and the Volunteer Executive Committee of the Sainte Marie Among the Iroquois on Thursday, May 6, 2004 at 2:00 p.m. at the Liverpool Living History Museum to announce a major gift from Honeywell and the selection of the individual who will facilitate the July reopening of the educational facility.
According to County Executive Pirro, “thanks to the efforts of the volunteers and the financial support of the Honeywell Corporation, the history of Onondaga Lake and the story of the Onondaga Nation and the earliest European settlers can come alive again to residents and visitors to our community.” Pirro went on to say that the pledge of $100 thousand from Honeywell assures that volunteer power can be harnessed for the next four years in a fashion that will return Sainte Marie to its role as both an educational and tourist asset for Central New York.
“Honeywell is very pleased that the community looked to us for support and we are delighted to respond to its request,” said Kate Adams, Vice President and Deputy Gerneral Counsel, Honeywell. “Reopening the museum will provide an important educational and recreational resource for the entire community. Thanks to the leadership of County Executive Pirro and the enthusiasm of more than 100 volunteers, the museum will once again showcase the richness of Central New York’s history. Honeywell is looking forward to a long-term partnership with Onondaga County.”
Along with the Executive Committee comprised of Lee Miller, Carol Sweet, Jon Anderson, Dan Piazza (Friends of Historic Onondaga Lake), Pirro, Parks Commissioner Robert Geraci and County Legislator Jim Farrell introduced Linda Pacelli of Syracuse as the new Volunteer Coordinator. Pacelli, who will be retiring next month from a career as a fourth grade teacher in the Liverpool School District, impressed the committee with her combination of social studies knowledge, people skills and administrative abilities. “Linda has the perfect background, style and level of energy needed to appeal to the diverse volunteer pool of over 150 who need direction on their specific roles so that we may open in July,” said Miller.
Working under the guidance of the Executive Committee, Pacelli will match volunteers with roles established in interpretive, curatorial, physical plant, gift shop, marketing, special event, and volunteer recruitment functions and facilitate immediate plans calling for weekend summer activity followed by school tours in the fall. Enhancement of the museum story and overall program opportunities will be addressed as next steps.
For further information of Sainte Marie volunteer opportunities, call 453-6774.