Work starts on $10M Seneca art center at NY historic site

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September 25, 2013

VICTOR, N.Y. (AP) - Work has begun on a new art center at a state historic site near Rochester that was home to a large Seneca Indian village centuries ago.

Ground was broken last week for the $10 million, 17,000-square-foot Seneca Art and Culture Center at the Ganondagan State Historic Site in the Ontario County town of Victor, 15 miles southeast of Rochester.

The center will serve as a year-round interpretive facility that will tell the story of the Seneca and Iroquois culture and history. The building will include gallery space, a theater, gift shop and offices. Private donations are covering most of the cost of the new center, scheduled to open in 2015.

Ganondagan was the site of a thriving Seneca village before it was destroyed in 1687 by the French and their Indian allies.

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