CHAZY - It's taken many years, but the Alice T. Miner Museum has finally been listed on the State Register of Historic Places.
Museum curator Amanda Palmer said the process to get the colonial revival museum on the list began with her predecessor Fred Smith, at least four years ago.
"It officially recognizes that the property is significant to the state and local community," Palmer explained. "It will raise the community's awareness and pride in its past."
Being on the list also provides protection from state and federal undertakings.
"If they, for example, plan a road project or something like that, they're restricted from encroaching upon the property," explained Palmer. "They have to consult the list when they do local and state projects."
However, the process of filling out the application was not an easy one.
"We actually hired Adirondack Architectural Heritage to write our application," Palmer said. "It really takes an architect, someone with architectural knowledge and the language. There's some very specific ways they like the property to be described."
Palmer received notice Aug. 12 the museum was on the list, although unofficial word came nearly two years ago.
"For the two years I had expected that the application was already with the National Park Service," she said. "But, apparently it did not get sent until this year."
The museum is considered historically significant under three criteria of the register: for its "important and long-standing role it has played in cultural and educational history in Chazy;" "for association with William H. and Alice T. Miner;" and "for its high degree of architectural integrity, remaining essentially unaltered since its construction in 1926."
Now the application is being forwarded to the Keeper of the National Register, which Palmer heard is often a shorter process.
"Generally they say that it's an in as soon as the state accepts it," she explained.
Being on the national register will also be a plus for the museum.
"Once you're on the national register ... there is more grant money," she said. "It promotes heritage tourism and appreciation of historic resources ... There are grants that are only properties on the national register can apply for."
Palmer said she is relieved the museum is now on the state register, and glad it's onto the next step.
"The Alice certainly deserves it," she said. "Lots of people have wanted it for along time. I'm pretty psyched we're almost there."
For more information about the Alice T. Miner Museum, call 846-7336.