The Interpretive Sign Initiative– a Medina project launched by the Orleans Renaissance Group late summer of 2013 has been completed. The project features eleven “interpretive signs” that have been installed throughout Medina’s Historic Downtown District, creating a historic sign trail.
Chris Busch, ORG President and coordinator of the project, says that Medina has seen its tourist numbers increase each year and must take the next steps to make their visit to Medina a more meaningful experience.
“It can bring a historic landmark or event to life and allow a visitor to take home more than a picture and a memory— a deeper appreciation of our village,” Busch said.
Interpretive prints, mounting and additional coordination has been provided courtesy of Ken Daluisio of The Print Shop, Medina. Installation was provide by the Medina DPW and The Print Shop. Review and editing of each sign panel was provided by Mr. Adam Tabelski. Sign panels were researched and designed buy Mr. Christopher Busch, ORG.
“This project wouldn’t have been possible without generous support from the community,” said Busch. “Not only were the donor/sponsors generous, the response was extremely swift. Everyone immediately saw the importance of providing a visible, public interpretation of Medina’s history.” Donor/sponsors provided up to $500 to sponsor each individual sign and/or associated expenses. The donor/sponsors are as follows:
• Sign #1: Welcome to Historic Medina. This sign was sponsored by the Medina Business Association.
• Sign #2: Main Street Historic District. This sign was sponsored by Gabrielle & Andina Barone in memory of Thomas & Sara Calandra, former Medina Main Street business owners.
• Sign #3: Robert H. Newell & Co. This sign was sponsored by Andrew W. Meier, Esq.
• Sign #4: Bent’s Opera House. This sign was sponsored by the Orleans Renaissance Group, Inc.
• Sign #5: The Erie Canal – Medina, NY. This sign was sponsored by Dave & Gail Miller and Hartway Motors.
• Sign #6: Grover Cleveland & Frances Folsom. This sign was sponsored by Rita Zambito of Zambito Realty
• Sign #7: Medina Sandstone. This sign was sponsored by The Medina Sandstone Trust
• Sign #8: New & Modern: Electric Trolley. This sign was sponsored by former Mayor Marcia Tuohey
• Sign #9: Medina’s Immigrant Heritage. This sign was sponsored by Christopher & Cynthia Busch/Buckiewicz
• Sign #10: The Medina Fire Department. This sign was sponsored by the Medina Firefighters benevolent Association.
• Sign #11: The New York Central Railroad. This sign was sponsored by the Medina Business Association
Additional sponsorship of associated expenses was made by Mr. Timothy Elliott.