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“Sterling Nature Center: A Living History” to air June 20th at 7 p.m.


This has been a great year for history at the Sterling Nature Center. The short film, “Sterling Nature Center: A Living History. How a Small Town Fought Back,” premiered in March to a packed auditorium at SUNY Oswego.

Now it is coming home.

The student-produced 15-minute film will premiere locally on Thursday June 20th at 7 p.m. at the Sterling Nature Center’s new interpretive center. The film, originated by SUNY Professor and member of the Friends of the Sterling Nature Center board, Laura Donnelly, deals with the history of the formation of the center and includes interviews with a number of people involved over the years.

The June 20th event will feature a showing followed by a panel discussion, including the student filmmakers.

The film, funded by a grant from the Shineman Endowed Fund Grant, includes ample shots of the center’s spectacular nature and testimony on the 20-year fight to save the property from several proposals, including a nuclear plant and a regional dump.

Donnelly worked with fellow professors Tiffany Deater and Jarrod Hagadorn, students Lauren Smith, Wells Liscombe, and Ryan King, and the center’s
Volunteer Coordinator Christine Engel, during the summer of 2023, to film and produce the short movie.

The film includes interviews with Sterling Town Historian Susan Parsons, Center Director Jim D’Angelo, Barbara Bartholomew, June Ouellette, and Charlie Itzin.

For more information, call the center at 315-947-6143 or or find us on Facebook.

The Friends of the Sterling Nature Center is a not-for-profit organization that support's The Sterling Nature Center. 

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