In 2013-2014, the B’Ville Voices team (the Erie Canal Museum, City Lore and Echo) partnered with the Village of Baldwinsville, the Baldwinsville Public Library, and the Museum at the Shacksboro Schoolhouse to create a trail of beautiful “memory-markers” highlighting the first person stories, histories, and experiences of Baldwinsville, past and present. When a place is marked, its value becomes apparent to all. Place-marking encourages people to pay attention to their surroundings, and to recognize, preserve and care for the places that matter to them. These memory-makers promote knowledge of the past, and they encourage greater appreciation for the people and sites that have made B’Ville a great place to live, work and play.
During the course of this yearlong initiative, B’Ville Voices staff video recorded interviews with thirty B’Villians to learn more about the town’s history and what residents appreciate about their community. Residents also participated in four Town Hall meetings, where they shared stories and made recommendations about the placement and design of the final markers. Created by artist Brendan Rose, the site-specific markers are customized to incorporate oral histories and first-person memories from village historians and local residents. Their forms pay homage to the infrastructure of Erie Canal Lock 24, as well as Baldwinsville’s heritage.