On Sunday, June 29th, 2014 (original announcement, meetup.com event), twenty-six (26) attendees composed of PACNY members and members of the Baby Boomer Singles 2011 group at meetup.com visited the Seward Mansion in Auburn, New York, for a tour of William Seward’s historic home. Seward was an abolitionist, Secretary of State during Abraham Lincoln’s presidency, and later a world traveler. Four generations lived in the house and it contains original furnishings, artifacts and portraits of people and events that are part of our American history. After the tour, a reception was enjoyed by all in the garden. The Seward House is a community treasure where visitors come to connect with the past.
Images above taken from the meetup.com page for this event.
Photos by Kim Pomeroy. Click for a larger version.
PACNY thanks the Seward House Historical Museum for hosting our event and greatly appreciates Kim Pomeroy and our friends in the Baby Boomer Meetup group for helping give the Seward House a quality crowd! To keep track of future PACNY events on meetup.com, please join our Group Page.
PACNY encourages all of our members to check out the July/August 2014 issue of Central New York Magazine: The Good Life, which features an excellent article entitled “Second Life for Sacred Places” by Renee Gadoua of Manlius (and a PACNY Member!). The article discusses the challenges facing the preservation of former sacred sites, and highlights the ongoing transformation of the former Holy Trinity Roman Catholic Church (501 Park Street) into Masjid ‘Eesa ibn Maryam (Mosque of Jesus the Son of Mary) and the revitalization of People’s AME Zion Church (711 East Fayette Street).
PACNY’s Sacred Places Symposium (November, 2013) and our advocacy supporting the preservation and re-use of People’s AME Zion Church are also featured. We encourage you to pick up a copy today and learn about important efforts to preserve and revitalize sacred buildings in our area… and all your favorite places to get ice cream! A great issue of a great magazine!
A recent story featured on the PBS program Religion & Ethics Newsweekly includes a discussion with A. Robert Jaeger, the President of Partners for Sacred Places and keynote speaker for our 2013 Sacred Places Symposium.
Across the nation, declining church membership is taking its toll on the physical state of houses of worship. In Philadelphia, churches are venturing into new partnerships to try and preserve their historic buildings. “Congregations have shrunk so much and budgets have shrunk so much that it’s hard for congregations to keep up with their buildings,” observes Bob Jaeger, president of Partners for Sacred Places, who calls the neglect of houses of worship a national crisis. “Unless they do something creative and bold, many of them will close or merge in the next ten, twenty years,” he adds.
You can watch the segment from the PBS video below or see the official show page featuring a transcript of the event.