WHS Receives $697,000 Grant!

Wilmington Historical Society Receives $697,000 Construction Grant!

The Wilmington Historical Society is thrilled to announce that it has received a grant in the amount of $697,000 from the New York State Council on the Arts (NYSCA) for construction of a new building to preserve and showcase Wilmington and Whiteface Region history and culture.  This project will expand the accessibility and the sustainability of our unique Whiteface and area Adirondack history, help grow the local economy and provide another local visitor destination. This grant puts the estimated $1.7 million project within a much closer reach, with nearly $300,000 already in the bank and further fundraising in the near future to fully fund the project.

With NYSCA support, the Wilmington Historical Society will build the Whiteface Region’s first history and cultural interpretive center on land we already own on NYS Route 86 in Wilmington. As stewards of the past we will be consolidating resources from disparate areas into one safe, secure area. The ADA compliant physical building will be of a timeless Arts & Crafts Adirondack style commensurate with other architecture of the area. Other features include a display and lecture room, genealogical and research library with office space, fireproof archival storage room, kitchenette, 2 handicap restrooms and parking for 24 cars.

The mission of the Wilmington Historical Society is to preserve and interpret the documents, photographs and artifacts that enable us to engage, educate and share with residents and visitors the unique stories and local cultures of Wilmington, the Whiteface Mountain Region and the greater Adirondack Community.

With many thanks to the New York State Council on the Arts, our dream is now becoming much closer to reality!

The Wilmington Historical Society History Center construction project is made possible by the New York State Council on the Arts with the support of the Office of the Governor and the New York State Legislature. 

About the New York State Council on the Arts
The mission of the New York State Council on the Arts is to foster and advance the full breadth of New York State’s arts, culture, and creativity for all. To support the ongoing recovery of the arts across New York State, the Council on the Arts will award $127 million in FY 2024, serving over 2,000 arts organizations and artists across all 10 state regions. The Council on the Arts further advances New York’s creative culture by convening leaders in the field and providing organizational and professional development opportunities and informational resources. Created by Governor Nelson Rockefeller in 1960 and continued with the support of Governor Kathy Hochul and the New York State Legislature, the Council is an agency that is part of the Executive Branch. For more information on NYSCA, please visit www.arts.ny.gov, and follow NYSCA’s Facebook page, on X @NYSCArts and Instagram @NYSCouncilontheArts.