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Equal-Rights-Logo.pngThe Equal Rights Heritage Center is scheduled to be constructed and open in Auburn, New York in 2018.
The center will promote tourism destinations in New York State that are affiliated with movements of equal rights.  The design team is currently gathering ideas and information that can be used as content for the promotion exhibits that will be featured in the Equal Rights Heritage Center and the local tourism promotion components of the center. 

New York State has played a crucial role in the fight to secure equal rights for everyone—a fight that continues today.
The Equal Rights Heritage Center is currently in design phase of "Seeing Equal Rights in New York State", an exhibition celebrating sites in Auburn, Cayuga County and across New York State that tell the story of the rights we hold dear. The exhibition features content related to Equal Rights sites throughout New York State, highlighting key figures and fights.
Any site or destination affiliated with the equal rights theme in New York State are welcome to submit ideas to be considered to be included as content for the promotional exhibit.  Submissions of ideas and content will be accepted through January 19, 2018 and you can submit content by using this google form:
If you have questions regarding the submission process please direct these via email to Sarah Dunham at MTWTF:


Governor Cuomo Announces a $10 million I Love NY Equal Rights Heritage Tourism Center
to be Built in Downtown Auburn

September 15, 2017 - Auburn, NY - Lt. Governor Kathy Hochul and New York State Parks Commissioner Rose Harvey announced today in Auburn, NY that the City will host a new $10 million heritage tourism center in the City’s downtown.

“I would like to thank Lt. Governor Kathy Hochul and NYS Parks Commissioner Rose Harvey for joining us today to announce this significant heritage tourism investment in downtown Auburn.   Governor Cuomo knows that tourism means business and he demonstrates time and time again that he is willing to invest in upstate NY.  This investment in our downtown will provide a local and regional economic boost in that it will encourage travel to Auburn and to equal rights heritage sites throughout the upstate region. We thank the Governor for his partnership and credit him for his steadfast commitment to revitalizing upstate.” Stated Mayor Quill.

The new I Love NY - Equal Rights Heritage Center in downtown Auburn will be a Central New York Upstate Revitalization Initiative investment of $10 million.  The project includes:
-Construction of the new Equal Rights Heritage Welcome Center that will have 3 main components:  
        1.  I Love NY Equal Rights Heritage Tourism Promotion Center;
        2.  Taste NY Market;
        3.  Local tourism promotion center for Auburn, Cayuga County and the region.
-Reconstruction of Lincoln street to increase pedestrian safety and accessibility at the William Street and South Street intersections designed to make a strong pedestrian connection between downtown and the historic district.
-Security and signage upgrades to the site and the downtown parking garage.
-The facility will house the offices of the Cayuga County Office of Tourism, the Auburn Downtown Business Improvement District and the Auburn Historic & Cultural Sites Commission.  
“William Seward and Harriet Tubman were trailblazers in the 19th century fight for equal rights in America.  Their stories and the stories of all of New York State’s equal rights crusaders need to be told.  Auburn, NY is proud to partner with the Governor and host the New York State Equal Rights Heritage Center and we believe it will be a hub for all visitors to explore and learn about the people of New York that have fought for the freedoms we experience today.” –Mayor Michael D. Quill.

View the Governor's announcement here:
Visit the new I Love NY Equal Rights web page:
Download the new I Love NY Equal Rights Heritage Destinations brochure:

As part of an initiative to support and boost upstate New York's tourism industry, the Governor announced in the fall of 2016 that Auburn would be the site of a new downtown welcome center that will allow greater exposure to our deep history and heritage here in Auburn, the Finger Lakes and Central New York regions.  Over the winter of 2016-2017 the City Council embarked on moving this project forward.  The Governor has partnered the City of Auburn with the NYS Department of Parks, Recreation and Historic Preservation for project design and implementation.

The site of the new downtown welcome center is the city-owned parking lot located at 25 South Street.


For more information on the new Welcome Center: you may use the following Welcome Center Contact Page or contact Stephen Selvek, Deputy Director of Community Planning and Development, Memorial City Hall, 24 South Street, Auburn, NY  13021.

Auburn Downtown Welcome Center Project Documents:
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24 South Street, Auburn, NY 13021
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