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Finger Lakes state parks celebrate 100 years with new exhibit

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The New York State Office of Parks, Recreation, and Historic Preservation recently opened an interactive exhibit at the History Center of Tompkins County, celebrating a century of state parks in the Finger Lakes Region. The exhibit, part of a year-long centennial celebration, pays tribute to Robert H. Treman, the pioneering first chair of the Finger Lakes State Parks Regional Commission.

Visitors to the exhibit can explore interactive displays that delve into the rich history and contributions of the parks to local communities. The showcase includes rare artifacts from the region, such as items from Robert H. Treman State Park and original park signage from the 1920s. This initiative aims to educate the public on the lasting impact of these natural reserves and encourage ongoing exploration and stewardship.

The exhibit is set to run through 2024 and is located in downtown Ithaca on the Commons. It highlights the crucial role of individuals like Treman, who donated land for several state parks, including Taughannock Falls and Buttermilk Falls. For more details, visitors can contact the History Center or visit

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