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K00986 Text:

Senate Resolution No. 2776
BY: Senator ORTT
        COMMENDING  Robert Emerson for special recognition
        after 25 years of service as Executive  Director  of
        Old Fort Niagara of Youngstown, New York
  WHEREAS,  It  is  the  sense of this Legislative Body to commend the
efforts of those individuals who seek to bring recognition to historical
places within the State of New York, and in doing  so,  help  to  ensure
that  the  complete  history  of  our  State and Nation is preserved and
shared with present generations of citizens; and
  WHEREAS, This Legislative Body is justly  proud  to  commend  Robert
Emerson  for  special recognition after 25 years of service as Executive
Director of Old Fort Niagara of Youngstown, New York; and
  WHEREAS, Located at the mouth of the Niagara River, Old Fort Niagara
is the oldest continuously occupied military site in North  America;  in
1934, it was opened as a historic site and public museum; and
  WHEREAS,  Today, under the luminous leadership of Executive Director
Robert Emerson, visitors from both far and  near  will  see  the  oldest
buildings  in the Great Lakes region, living history programs, exhibits,
and special events; and
  WHEREAS, Throughout his  tenure,  Robert  Emerson  has  accomplished
numerous  goals  which  has greatly benefitted the museum; he has raised
funds for exhibit and building improvements; initiated,  organized,  and
participated  in  the  300th  Anniversary  of  the  establishment of the
Magazin Royal; orchestrated the 250th British siege of Fort  Niagara  in
2009; put the Fort on a fiscally responsible schedule; continued work on
preserving the buildings and grounds of Old Fort Niagara; developed wide
variety  school outreach programs using field trips, YouTube videos, and
in-person visits; and started the OFN music program; and
  WHEREAS,  Robert  Emerson  has  also  written  numerous   historical
articles and given PowerPoint presentations from Fort Niagara and Vauban
architecture  to  African  American  History,  World War I ROTC Training
Camp, Captain Daniel  de  Beaujeu,  and  many  other  historical  topics
dealing with the Fort; and
  WHEREAS,  In addition, Robert Emerson has promoted early area French
history and culture by creating French Heritage  Days  which  include  a
component  for  school  tours;  presided over hundreds of re-enactments;
worked with granting agencies and  fire  companies  to  procure  a  Fire
Trailer  that could navigate through the narrow original Postern Gate of
the Fort in case of fire as well as an AED device; hosted RIT with their
Big Shot Program, Army staff rides, a naturalization ceremony, and  many
television  programs;  and raised awareness of the Fort within the local
community by public speaking, parades, programs, and articles; and
  WHEREAS, Currently, Robert Emerson is working on building  a  Native
Barracks to be used in Native Interpretation at the Fort; and
  WHEREAS,   Through   Robert   Emerson's  steadfast  and  unremitting
commitment, Old Fort Niagara  has  become  known  for  its  hospitality,
helpfulness, and cleanliness as well as its educational benefits; and
  WHEREAS,  This  Legislative Body is pleased to have this opportunity
to express its highest admiration for Robert Emerson, and for all of the
individuals who have worked to bring proper attention  to  a  place  and
time  which  merits  recognition in the grand panorama of the history of
our State and Nation; now, therefore, be it
  RESOLVED, That this Legislative Body pause in its  deliberations  to
commend Robert Emerson for special recognition after 25 years of service
as Executive Director of Old Fort Niagara; and be it further
  RESOLVED,  That  a  copy  of this Resolution, suitably engrossed, be
transmitted to Robert Emerson.
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