The Homeville Museum, which is part of the CNY Living History Center here in Cortland County, is looking to create a Cortland County Hall of Fame to recognize the achievements and contributions of county natives.
Honorees can have achieved “fame” through industry, public service, military, sports, social progress or a myriad of other ways. They will be individually showcased by a biography, picture and some piece(s) of memorabilia that represents their accomplishments.
Organizers say this will be an on-going project with 8-10 people honored the first year.
The goal is to highlight the over 200 years of local history. Nominees must have significant ties to Cortland County, although their accomplishments may have occurred elsewhere.
Nominations will be accepted until January 12th. They can be emailed, mailed or dropped off at The Living History Center on Route 11.
Email – firstname.lastname@example.org
Mail – Hall of Fame Committee, PO Box 162, Homer, NY 13077
Dropped off – CNY Living History Center, 4386 US Route 11, Cortland, NY
A nomination can be as simple as the person’s name. However, dates (birth and/or death) and a couple of sentences about why you think he/she deserves the honor will help make sure the organizing committee identifies the correct person and makes sure the person gets fair consideration in the second phase.
Resources are available at the Cortland County Historical Society if you want to research your nominee.
Following the nomination phase, the committee will assemble a “ballot” with names and a short description of accomplishments. Voting will be from January 16th until March 15th. Ballots will be available on-line, at the CNY Living History Center, and the Cortland County Historical Society. We are also actively looking for other locations around the county to place ballots and plan to make them available in Cincinnatus, Marathon, McGraw, Truxton, and Virgil, at a minimum.
We will finalize locations by January 9th and post them on our Facebook and web pages. You can also email us or call the CNY Living History Center at 607-299-4185 to find the location most convenient for you. Ballots can be submitted the same way as the nominations.
The inaugural class of honorees will be unveiled in early May at the opening of next year’s displays at the CNY Living History Center. The first person to nominate each of the honorees will be invited to the public unveiling.