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Sandstone Society plans ‘Hall of Fame’

Posted 11 April 2013 at 12:00 am

Contributed photo – James Hancock, left, discusses a planned Medina Sandstone Hall of Fame with fellow committee members David Miller, center, and John Slack.

Press release

MEDINA – The Medina Sandstone Society announced a plan to organize a “Medina Sandstone Hall of Fame” for formally recognizing outstanding structures made of the famous local stone.

A standing committee has been created to choose a number of structures annually such as churches, homes and public buildings.

Those selected for special honor in the Hall of Fame will be promoted and publicized as notable examples of the use of the stone which made Orleans County known over much of the world.  Beginning in the 1830s the stone was in great demand for a century and some great examples remain today.

“Each year we plan to accept nominations from both our board of

directors and our large list of supporters known as Stone Cutters and selection will be made by the Hall of Fame committee,” said HOF committee member James Hancock. He is joined on the committee by David Miller and John Slack.

Hancock expects the first class will be inducted later this year. Inductees will receive a plaque with an appropriate picture and narrative which they can display at their home site.  Similar pictures and narratives will be displayed at a location in Medina. The committee is working to identify a site for the Hall of Fame.

“This plan gives our society another opportunity to promote and recognize the use of our Medina stone,” Hancock said. “It is also intended to give the general public deeper knowledge of how that beautiful sandstone has been used around the county, the state and the world.”

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