For Immediate Release — March 23, 2005


Mary E. McCrank

Media Relations Officer

(585) 245-5516



GENESEO, N.Y. — A new history of the State University of New York at Geneseo is in the works, and residents of surrounding communities may be able to help.

Last year, Vice President for College Advancement Arthur E. Hatton convened a committee of emeriti faculty to work on a book that will update Rosalind Fisher’s 1971 centennial history of the college, "The Stone Strength of the Past." Committee members are seeking input from various groups, including local residents. Throughout their histories, the village and college have been closely related; early Geneseo residents fought to have a State Normal School established in their village, and local craftsmen helped build the first building — Old Main.

Many Geneseo residents ran boarding houses in the years before residence halls. Homeowners occasionally discover papers or photographs left behind by previous homeowners who were on the college’s faculty or staff. Letters providing personal recollections also are welcomed, as well as descriptions of photos or memorabilia that could be lent or donated permanently.

For more information about the project, contact Jim McNally at (585) 243-0116 or

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