Sacred Sites Open House tours slated for Rome, Clinton

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Rome First Baptist Church will be among the historic churches that will be part of the New York Landmarks Conservancy’s ninth annual “Sacred Sites Open House,” to be held May 18 and 19.

The open house offers New Yorkers the opportunity to explore many of the state’s world-class houses of worship.

This year’s theme, Medieval to Modern: Celebrating New York’s Religious Art and Architecture, highlights the broad spectrum of historical periods, faith traditions, and styles of religious architecture found in communities throughout the state.

More than 150 of New York’s religious institutions will open their doors to the public, giving visitors a glimpse inside impressive sanctuaries to view artistic and historical treasures.

Last year, 10,000 people participated in the Sacred Sites Open House with congregations showcasing their buildings and histories via lectures, musical performances, and special guided tours, and highlighting community programs that serve 200,000 annually.

“New York has a rich and diverse array of religious architecture,” said Peg Breen, president of The New York Landmarks Conservancy. “You’ll be amazed at the beauty, history and community programs you’ll discover visiting these institutions in your neighborhood or by venturing to other counties throughout the state.”

Mohawk Valley congregations participating in Sacred Sites Open House to date include:

Rome

First Baptist Church and Society, 301 W. Embargo St., Saturday, May 18, 4:30-9:30 p.m. and Sunday, May 19, 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.

Visitors will enjoy guided tours, organ demonstration, and refreshments/food tastings. On Saturday there will be a fund-raising dinner from 5-7 p.m., and an organ recital at 7:30 p.m.

Clinton

St. James’ Episcopal Church, 9 Williams St., Saturday, May 18, 9 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. and Sunday, May 19, 1-6 p.m.

Utica

Grace Episcopal Church, 193 Genesee St., Saturday, May 18, 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.

To view a digital guide of all sacred sites participating in the Landmarks Conservancy’s Open House, go online to www.nylandmarks.org or www.sacredsitesopenhouse.org. 

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