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Nation’s First Hungry for History™ Historic Marker to be Dedicated July 10 in Onondaga Lake Park

Public invited to Salt Museum for official dedication of salt potatoes marker

SYRACUSE, N.Y. – Central New York’s most notable regional food will soon be commemorated with its own historic marker at the Salt Museum in Onondaga Lake Park.  Thanks to a grant from the William G. Pomeroy Foundation’s new Hungry for History™ program, the first marker in the series will celebrate the origin and history of the salt potato.

Onondaga Historical Association (OHA), the inaugural Hungry for History™ grant recipient, will dedicate the marker with a ceremony at the Salt Museum in Onondaga Lake Park in Liverpool on Saturday, July 10th at 11:00 a.m.  The event is free and open to the public.

The Pomeroy Foundation and OHA revealed the details about the marker’s location during a Hungry for History launch party at Willow Rock Brewing Company in Syracuse on Thursday, June 24.  Launch party attendees were invited to enter a drawing for a guest spot unveiling the salt potatoes historic marker at the dedication ceremony.

“OHA and the Pomeroy Foundation are both dedicated to preserving history for future generations to understand the incredible people, events and contributions of those who came before us,” said OHA Executive Director, Gregg Tripoli, “the salt potato is an iconic food here in Central New York, its origins are tied directly to one of our greatest industries and the Irish immigrants who were critical to its success.”

“There is no better way to kick off the Hungry for History program than by celebrating our region’s favorite summertime dish with its very own marker,” said Deryn Pomeroy, Director of Strategic Initiatives at the Pomeroy Foundation. “We can’t wait to see what other food specialties that communities across the country wish to commemorate with a Hungry for History marker.”

The Hungry for History Marker Grant Program began accepting applications on Monday, June 14. Prospective applicants must apply through a local 501(c)(3) organization like a historical society, nonprofit academic institutions, or a local, state or federal government entity. Visit the Pomeroy Foundation’s Hungry for History webpage to learn more about program guidelines, eligibility and how to apply online:

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About the Onondaga Historical Association
The Onondaga Historical Association (OHA), incorporated in 1863, is a private non-profit educational association of heritage-related services, museums, community-based exhibits, images and signage; as well as research and educational centers and retail operations. The comprehensive history museum is located at 321 Montgomery Street in Syracuse. OHA also operates the Skä-noñh: Great Law of Peace Center on Onondaga Lake Parkway in Liverpool.

About the William G. Pomeroy Foundation
The William G. Pomeroy Foundation is committed to supporting the celebration and preservation of community history; and to raising awareness, supporting research and improving the quality of care for patients and their families who are facing a blood cancer diagnosis. One of its initiatives is helping people to celebrate their community’s history. The Pomeroy Foundation meets this part of its mission by providing grants to obtain signage in the form of historic roadside markers and plaques. Since 2006, they have funded over 1,400 markers and plaques across the United States, all the way to Alaska. Visit:

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Steve Bodnar
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William G. Pomeroy Foundation