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Apartment One Gallery

Apartment One is a gallery space for regional artists. Exhibits rotate every three months. 2D and 3D pieces are usually exhibited simultaneously. Artwork may or may not be for sale. Please visit during regular gallery hours, or call 585.243.6785 to schedule a private tour (suggested donation $8).

January 9 – February 1, 2014

  • Livingston County Historian Amie Alden will be presenting a lecture on the history of Murray Hill at the Mt. Morris Dam on January 18, 2014 at 1pm.
  • Dr. Arnold Matlin will present a free lecture January 19 at 3:00 p.m.: The History of Tuberculosis in Fact and Fiction.
  • A special “Murray Hill Reunion” is planned for Sunday, January 26th at 1:30 p.m. at Livingston Arts. This will be a wonderful opportunity for the public to come and share personal memories and be a part of further documenting this ideal spot for future generations.

“An Ideal Spot” : a photo exhibition of the evolution of Murray Hill, Mt. Morris by Amie Alden, Livingston County Historian.

By Amie Alden

When I tell a local person over the age of 50 or so that I work on the ‘Hill’ in Mt. Morris, they know exactly where I am referring. To them it is the old TB Hospital campus and more often then not; they had either a direct or indirect, association with this site. Whether they worked here, recuperated here had a relative that was a patient, or came for a special event, it seems most everyone has a story to tell of this place. Built in the 1930s amid the depths of the Great Depression, the state hospital symbolized hope and prosperity, giving the community a reason to celebrate.

People are often surprised to learn that long before the TB Hospital was built, the ‘Hill’ was the terrestrial home of Seneca Chiefs and subsequently near the spot where the famous French statesman and traveler, Charles Maurice de Talleyrand stood in 1793 and remarked, “It is the fairest land that any human eye ever looked upon.” This led many others to travel here to see for themselves what this land had to offer. Soon this place would take on the name of Murray Hill and for 100 years remained a beautiful country estate attracting some of America’s most influential and prominent individuals.

Since the Livingston County Historian’s Office moved to Murray Hill in 2004, I have extensively researched the colorful lives of the property owners of Murray Hill between the early 1800s – the 1920s along with the era of the TB Hospital (1936 –1971). This exhibit will include numerous original photographs and other interesting documents pertaining to the people and events surrounding this site. In addition, I will be presenting a lecture on the history of Murray Hill at the Mt. Morris Dam on January 18, 2014 at 1pm.

A special “Murray Hill Reunion” is planned for Sunday, January 26th at 1:30 p.m. at Livingston Arts. This will be a wonderful opportunity for the public to come and share personal memories and be a part of further documenting this ideal spot for future generations.

Also in conjunction with this exhibit, Dr. Arnold Matlin will present a free lecture January 19 at 3:00 p.m.: The History of Tuberculosis in Fact and Fiction.