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Miner Museum among nominations for National Register of Historic Places

CHAZY - The New York State Board for Historic Preservation has recommended 25 properties and districts for addition to the State and National Registers of Historic Places, with the Alice T. Miner Museum being among those on the list.

Amanda A. Palmer, director and curator of the museum, said she was excited to learn the museum was added to the state register and is up for the recognition at the national level.

"We're very excited," Palmer said of the state recognition. "It's certainly not a rubber stamp the National Parks Service just approves and it's a very good indicator we'll be added to the national register."

The process to be added to the registers began in September 2006 when the museum hired Adirondack Architectural Heritage, a nonprofit organization from Keeseville more commonly known as AARCH, to prepare their application to be added to the registers. Several months of research went into building the application before it was submitted last July, said Palmer.

"It's quite a stringent process to apply and it's been long in the making for us," said Palmer.

Regardless, Palmer knew the museum had a strong chance of being added to the list due to its exceptional architecture.

"[The museum] is extremely deserving. It's architecture really stands out in this area because there aren't many buildings like it," she said.

The Alice T. Miner Museum is a three-story Colonial Revival building designed in 1923 by Chicago architect Frederick B. Townsend. The building first opened to the public in 1924, offering the public the opportunity to view and study "the vast collection of objects and artifacts collected by Alice T. Miner," wife of philanthropist William H. Miner. The Miners settled in the Chazy in 1903, and are credited for establishing Chazy Central Rural School and the former Physicians Hospital in Plattsburgh, which later became part of CVPH Medical Center. The Miners also helped establish several dams and power houses in and around the town of Chazy and the Kent-Delord House Museum in Plattsburgh.

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