Examples in the Landmark Process
Advice from Past Experience:
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(You may not be able to "keep it simple, " but you can streamline the details to boost teamwork and outreach.)
From the copy to the right, several lessons can be observed regarding the time and skills called upon during the nomination and ceremony-planning process. The Kinne Collection was first nominated in 1992 and was deferred pending the renovation of the display. The championing of the nomination changed over the years. The Section committee consisted of a half dozen members, each fulfilling multiple roles, as well as experts and curators from the community and the historical society.
Once the ceremony planning began, coordination of many groups was necessary to ensure full participation and to provide the necessary recognition for those who had done so much to see the collection preserved and to help the Section complete its tasks.
The ceremony was held 19 June 1999, and the celebration was a reward for the teamwork and enthusiasm that had carried it forward all those years. To see how special the event was, check out the reminiscences shared by Kinne's granson Edward Parker.
Acknowledgements from Kinne brochure:
The initial effort to designate the Clarence E. Kinne Water Turbine Collection an ASME Mechanical Engineering Heritage Collection came from Euan F. C. Somerscales, former chair of the ASME History and Heritage Committee. Dr. Somerscales prepared the original draft of the collection's nomination with the assistance of Jane Mork Gibson of Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. Ms. Gibson has an unrivaled knowledge of Clarence E. Kinne and his water turbine collection, having presented a paper entitled "Water Power in the North Country: Clarence E. Kinne and His Turbine Collection" at the 21st Annual Conference of the Society for Industrial Archeology in Buffalo, New York, on June 6, 1992.
Dr. Persijs Kolberg, former director of the Jefferson County Historical Society, graciously permitted Dr. Somerscales to examine in detail and photograph the Kinne Collection.
Edward K. Parker, Clarence Kinne's grandson, provided invaluable information about his grandfather and the collection. T. Urling Walker, a Historical Society trustee and member of the Syracuse Section of ASME, kept the nomination moving forward. Fred H. Rollins, director of the Jefferson County Historical Society, and Elise Davis Chan, curator of collections of the Historical Society, lent their support and the museum's resources to the preparation of the revised submittal of the nomination and of this brochure.
Several members of the Syracuse Section of ASME provided time and effort to the designation. History and Heritage chair William A. Kehoe revised and submitted the nomination, with assistance from Bruce Marcham, the Section chair. W. Robert Zeigler, Northern Coordinator for the Section photographed the exhibits in the collection and helped to coordinate, fund, and expedite the designation process. Fredric Wenthen, P.E., compiled the text in this brochure with the help of Bruce Marcham, Francis J. Kelly, Ernest Wass, and W. Robert Zeigler. Design of this brochure was donated by Catherine Wenthen.
We also wish to acknowledge the following organizations that have contributed to the renovation of the Stuart Lansing Memorial Room where the Kinne Collection is displayed: Northern New York Community Foundation, Sweetgrass Foundation, Snow Foundation, and New York Air Brake Company-a Knorr Company.