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W-PHS Awarded $50,000 by the New York State Council on the Arts for Installation of HVAC System in Historic Gates Hall

Williamson, NY–Williamson-Pultneyville Historical Society announced today a grant award totaling $50,000 from the New York State Council on the Arts (NYSCA) to support the organization’s installation of a new HVAC system in the almost 200-year-old historic Gates Hall. This grant is part of a record capital project funding announcement by NYSCA, which totals over $42 million to 144 capital projects across New York State.


“Strengthening our creative sector increases tourism, boosts our economy, and enhances the rich heritage and cultural life of New York State,” Governor Hochul said. “These record grants will support a wide range of diverse and innovative projects at our arts and cultural organizations across the state, helping ensure all who visit will continue to have wonderful experiences for years to come.”


NYSCA Executive Director Mara Manus said, “We are grateful to Governor Hochul and the New York State Legislature for this fifth year of significant capital funding. This investment affirms the pivotal role the arts and culture play in our state's economic prosperity. A round of applause to the Williamson-Pultneyville Historical Society – your transformative project will ensure that our vibrant arts and cultural anchors continue to grow and thrive."


NYSCA Chair Katherine Nicholls said, “These capital project grants are an investment from the people of New York to the people of New York and will have positive impact on our communities for many years to come. On behalf of the Council and staff, I congratulate the Williamson-Pultneyville Historical Society and look forward to seeing all that will flourish from this project.”

About the New York State Council on the Arts                                            

NYSCA preserves and advances the arts and culture that make New York State an exceptional place to live, work and visit. NYSCA upholds the right of all New Yorkers to experience the vital contributions the arts make to our communities, education, economic development, and quality of life. To support the ongoing recovery of the arts across New York State, NYSCA will award record funding in FY 2023, providing support across the full breadth of the arts.


NYSCA 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, NYSCA is an agency that is part of the Executive Branch. For more information on NYSCA, please visit, and follow NYSCA's Facebook page, Twitter @NYSCArts and Instagram @NYSCouncilontheArts.


About Williamson-Pultneyville Historical Society

The mission of the Williamson-Pultneyville Historical Society (W-PHS) is to preserve, protect and share the local history of the Town of Williamson, NY, in general and the unincorporated hamlet of Pultneyville in particular by creating curiosity, inspiring involvement, and providing exceptional experiences by making history come alive. W-PHS's Gates Hall was built in

1825. It was originally built as the community’s first sacred place of worship, a community meeting place, and a lecture hall, and it became a community theatre and entertainment venue in 1867. Today it is the oldest, continuously active small community theatre in the United States.

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