Thursday, November 14, 2019: Rochester School for the Deaf students, teachers and support staff gathered together in front of Perkins Hall to unveil and dedicate an historic roadside marker provided to the school by the William G. Pomeroy Foundation.
RSD Superintendent Antony A. L. McLethchie opened the ceremony by recognizing Board of Directors President Erwin Smith and Pomeroy Foundation Executive Director Paula Miller.
Ms. Miller said that one of the main initiatives of the Foundation is to help people celebrate their community’s history.
“When we established our historic roadside marker program in 2005,” said Ms. Miller, “we did so because Bill and Sandra Pomeroy felt the history of our towns and villages was important to preserve and we could help fill a much-needed funding gap since New York State stopped funding historic roadside markers in 1939.
“By that time,” Miller said, “the markers had become instantly recognizable. When you see one, you know that history happened here.”
To date the Foundation has funded nearly 1,000 markers nationwide across all of its grant programs. Markers help preserve history, educate the public, encourage pride of place, and promote historic tourism, economically benefiting the communities in which they are placed.
Superintendent McLetchie invited Ms. Miller, Vice-President of the RSD Alumni Association Eileen Todesco, and Jr. NAD Chapter President and Vice President Emma Kane and Bella Rose Nassar, respectively, to unveil the marker.
Superintendent McLetchie dedicated the marker to the entire RSD family, from the Past, the Present, and the Future in the spirit of what is inscribed on it - “DEAF EDUCATION - Western NY Institution for Deaf Mutes Established 1876 Dowtown Rochester. Relocated here 1878 . Renamed in 1920 Rochester School for the Deaf.”