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In the News


Monday, October 15, 2018


The 1890 House Museum is excited to announce that our new, exterior wheelchair lift was successfully installed at the beginning of October, and is ready for use! The new lift was successfully installed by Northstar Lifts, LLC of Tully, New York. The previous lift in place at the Museum was broken beyond repair, due primarily to harsh upstate New York weather. The new Genesis GVL-E72 Straight Through Access Vertical Platform Lift is made to handle all weather conditions and matches the character of our Victorian-era architecture. The 1st floor of the Museum is now handicap accessible, and we are able to share our incredible history with everyone in the community.

We want to invite the entire Cortland community to take advantage of our new lift; come to a house tour during the last weeks of our extended Summer and Fall Hours, or come to one of our many upcoming events through the rest of 2018 – especially our Winter Wassail Open House on December 16th!

The 1890 House remains committed to improving the accessibility of our Museum. We believe that our new wheelchair lift is an important step towards a more welcoming, and open, community institution. The new wheelchair lift was a large financial investment for the Museum, and we simply could not have completed the project on our own.

We would like to recognize the foundations, businesses, and individuals whose charitable contributions made this project a reality:

The J.M. McDonald Foundation

P Squared Ventures, Inc. Santina and Vittorio Panzanella
The Wilkins Foundation The Finger Lakes Tasting Room Jeffrey and Lisa Soler
The Siegle Foundation, Inc. Dragonfyre Distillery Amanda Berman
The Emerson Foundation Lively Run Dairy Carly Bascom
The Bertini Family Fund Matthew Banazek Megan Eves
Tompkins Trust Company Lee and Annette Benson
Andrews Agency, Inc.

Joseph and Marie Grasso

and everyone who attended our delicious Lift Your Spirits tasting evening in support of the new lift on September 28th!

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The impressive collection found throughout the 1890 House Museum offer visitors the opportunity to step back in time to 19th century Cortland.  The unique history within our walls tells the stories of the Wickwire family, their servants, and the factory workers who toiled in Wickwire Wire Mills Factory.


We strive to educate and inspire every visitor through diverse programming and exhibitions.  With your help, we will preserve this Cortland County landmark for present and future generations.


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