The Century House Historical Society in Rosendale has come up with a truly original way to celebrate the history of its town. Today, June 29, will see the opening of MINERS, a new sculpture exhibition at the society's Snyder estate, but this is an exhibition that comes with a special requirement. Each participating artist had to “mine” the property, exploring the geological and industrial history of the Rosendale natural cement region in order to create their work.
The Snyder Estate began in the early 1800s as a family farm. With the discovery of limestone rock suitable for the production of natural cement, the site experienced substantial industrial growth until the 1970s. At its hight in the 19th century Rosendale Cement was used in the construction of many of our nation's most important landmarks, including the Brooklyn Bridge, the pedestal of the Statue of Liberty, Federal Hall, and one of the wings of the United States Capitol.
This exhibit brings together work by several artists, including Michael Asbill, Lorrie Fredette, Norm Mangusson, to explore the history of the Rosendale cement region. Maps of the property with all the sculpture's locations will be available. This event is free and open to the public.