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We're thrilled to report that, on 13 December 2017, Governor Andrew Cuomo announced that the Gateway has been awarded a $500,000 grant from the Heritage Areas section of the Environmental Protection Fund for the restoration of the Burden Iron Works Museum. This will, at last, bring us very close to finishing the restoration of the facility. Details to follow.
Bill SkerrittWe were all shocked by the sudden and completely unexpected death of the Gateway's longtime President, William H. Skerritt, on Sunday, 17 September 2017. Bill was the longest-serving current member of the Gateway Board, serving 18 years. He was a significant presence at the Gateway, guiding the Board, curating special exhibitions, offering wise and constant counsel to the staff, ensuring that our annual Silent Auction was noteworthy and unique, lending a hand whenever volunteers were needed, and much else. Our deepest sympathies to his wife Joanne and their family. A memorial service will be announced at a later date. To see his obituary, look here.

Listen to Bob Cudmore's interview of Gateway Executive Director Michael P. Barrett on Cudmore's "The Historians" online program. Further information is available on Soundcloud.

It is our sad duty to report the death of longtime Gateway supporter and Board member Dean Leith, on Thursday, 05 January 2017, at age 84. Here is the relevant newspaper story. At the Gateway's Annual Meeting on 15 February 2017, the Gateway Board voted unanimously to name the Burden Museum's rototiller collections and exhibit in Dean's memory.

At long last, it is possible to make a financial donation to the Gateway right here, online. Just click on the red Donate menu item to your left. It's quick and easy, and the overwhelming majority of such donations are tax deductible. It's those donations that provide us with the capacity to do the things that we do, so do please be as generous as you can. Without you, we can do nothing. Thanks very much.

Did you know that President Eisenhower owned a rototiller made in Troy? Rototiller collector, restorer, and historian extraordinaire Charlie Zuck has recently published a fine article about it. The folks at Lawn & Garden Tractor Magazine were kind enough to give us permission to post a copy here for you to read, and Charlie has also kindly let us reproduce it here. So click here to download a pdf of Charlie Zuck's "The Eisenhower Rototiller." Thanks, Charlie.

Installation of our nationally-significant lighting system is now complete. For a description and a slide show, go to our Lighting Page.

As you may have noticed, the new Gateway site at this point is still very much in development, but we've decided to make it public now so you can try it out. Only some of the features are working at the moment, but we'll be adding new content on a regular basis from now on. Do please let us know what you think of it.

Until this site is complete, we'll keep the old site online as well, so you can visit that to find your old favorites there. Eventually, we'll be moving all that content over to this new site. But in the meantime, click here for the Classic Version of the Gateway Site.