Library to unveil pair of historical markers, framed lithograph

Posted 8/17/19

Jervis Public Library, 613 N. Washington St., is inviting the public to an unveiling ceremony at 11 a.m. Tuesday, Aug. 20 on the front lawn of the Jervis House. Two new historical markers …

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Library to unveil pair of historical markers, framed lithograph

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Jervis Public Library, 613 N. Washington St., is inviting the public to an unveiling ceremony at 11 a.m. Tuesday, Aug. 20 on the front lawn of the Jervis House.

Two new historical markers commemorating the Jervis Homestead and its inclusion on the National Register of Historic Places will be unveiled. In addition, a framed lithograph of an 1886 map of Rome donated by the children of Nick B. and Julia F. Stagnitti Strange will be formally presented to the library. Rome Mayor Jacqueline M. Izzo and other local officials will be on hand for the ceremony.

The historic Rome framed map is donated in memory of Nick B. Strange and Julia F. Stagnitti Strange by their children Mildred, Nick, Steven and Mary. Nick and Julia Strange ran Strange’s Sewing Center in Rome for several years. After the ceremony, the lithograph will be prominently displayed in the library’s Dillon Room.

“The City of Rome, its public schools, its businesses and industries, its citizens, its many civic organizations, church groups, and many friends, enabled Nick and Julia Strange to have confidence in themselves, to grow, and to prosper,” said Steven Strange, son of Nick and Julia.

The two new historical markers were purchased with grant funds awarded by the William G. Pomeroy Foundation. The William G. Pomeroy Foundation is a private, grant-making foundation established in 2005.

“We are grateful to The William G. Pomeroy Foundation for approving two grant requests researched and written by Chief Librarian for Adult Services & Reference Lori Chien, which resulted in the  acquisition of the markers,” said Jervis Library Executive Director Lisa A. Matte.  “The markers are a visible addition to our efforts to share the significance of the engineering accomplishments of John Bloomfield Jervis, after whom the library is named.  The ceremony is a fitting prelude to the library’s 125th anniversary, which will be celebrated in July of next year.”

One of the foundation’s main initiatives is to help people celebrate their community’s history with historic signage. In 2006, the Pomeroy Foundation launched its first program, the state Historic Marker Grant Program, commemorating historic people, places or things. The foundation also awards grants for National Register signage. For more information about the foundation and its grants, visit www.wgpfoundation.org.

Designed by prominent 19th century civil engineer John Bloomfield Jervis (1795-1885), the Jervis homestead was completed in 1858. It was bequeathed to the City of Rome and opened as Jervis Public Library in 1895.

In 1982, the home was placed on the National and State Historic Registers. Public tours of the historic home are offered at various scheduled times throughout the summer and early fall. A tour of the home will be offered immediately following the unveiling ceremony.

For more information about the Jervis House or John Bloomfield Jervis, contact the library at 315-336-4570 or stop at the Information Desk on your next trip to the library.

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