By Allison Collins
SIDNEY – After more than a year of searching, the Sidney Historical Association has found
its new home in the Sidney Town Offices, located at 44 Grand St. in the village.
The 163-member nonprofit, formed in April 1945, was forced to leave its roughly 30-year setup at the Civic Center on Liberty Street in February 2017, following sale of building to developers Two Plus Four. SHA officials said the effort to relocate started that March.
“We started talking about a new location, but it was winter and there were not many options to consider,” SHA President Karen Cycon said. “We decided to continue holding monthly meetings to keep ourselves together and focused, even though we had no museum.”
Given the breadth of the group’s collection and the availability of appropriate spaces, she said, the search proved challenging. The collection, which spans from the mid-1800s to today and includes yearbooks, maps, military uniforms, vintage photos, Bendix history and natural artifacts, was housed in four rooms at the Tri-Town Regional Hospital throughout the search.
“(Our) Future Options Committee … met frequently and began by listing anywhere we could think of that seemed a likely place to go,” she said. “Unfortunately, many of these buildings needed more work than we could afford, but we kept looking.”
Following town’s mid-2017 acquisition of the 9,200-square-foot former Mirabito Holdings building, Cycon said, things began to look brighter for the association.
“We spoke to (the town) about renting a space in the building and, over the course of several months, we met with Gene Pigford, looked at the prospective space and discussed a rent we thought we could afford,” she said. The move-in process, Cycon added, got underway in August.