A look at Broad Street in Lyons from the past

A look at Broad Street in Lyons from the past. The Lyons Main Street/Chamber of Commerce is seeking photos of storefronts from Lyons’ past for a new exhibit.

LYONS — A new project hopes to capture the commercial history of Lyons in pictures.

Joan Delaro, executive director of the Lyons Main Street Program, said captioned pictures to be placed in buildings around the historic district “will soon be telling stories of the commercial history of Lyons.”

The project, under the direction of the Preservation Committee of the Lyons Main Street Program and Lyons Chamber of Commerce, has received a planning grant from Humanities New York, said Delaro, adding that it will include quality reproductions of old storefront photographs, along with information about the storefronts, shown in, or close to, the stores.

The exhibit also will have a digital feature, with an online gallery of the photographs and additional images, information and stories provided by residents.

Delaro said the committee welcomes storefront photographs and stories about shopping and doing business in Lyons from days past.

The committee is also looking for stories people might have heard from elders.

She said the planning process will be done soon and they will then move to implementation.

“This phase will include seeking building/business owners’ permission to exhibit on their premises, ordering prints and exhibit hardware, finding funding and creating the digital gallery,” she said.

An exhibit opening is set for later this year.

If you have photos or information to share, call (315) 871-4220.

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