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Corning, New York: The Crystal City

This guide focuses on the glass-related history of the Corning, New York, and surrounding area, including local resources, special collections, and topics unique to Corning's glass history.

The Corning Museum of Glass Land Acknowledgment

A land acknowledgment is a statement that respects and recognizes Indigenous peoples as the original inhabitants of the lands and waters those institutions occupy and utilize. A useful land acknowledgment can inspire others to support Indigenous communities and recognize the resilience Indigenous communities have demonstrated through 500+ years of oppressive occupation.

By naming and acknowledging the traditional Indigenous stewards of the lands the Corning Museum of Glass sits on, we hope to hold ourselves accountable to ongoing informed action and to counter the existing narrative that promotes Indigenous erasure within our museum. 

The Corning Museum of Glass is located upon the unceded seized territory of the Haudenosaunee Confederacy – of which the Onöndowa’ga:’ (the Seneca Nation) and the Gayogohó꞉nǫ' (the Cayuga Nation) are a part. The Haudenosaunee Confederacy precedes the establishment of the museum, New York State, and the United States of America. The museum acknowledges the oppressive history inflicted upon—and the continued dispossession—of the Haudenosaunee people. We honor their ongoing connection to these lands and waters. We ask all who read this acknowledgment to consider the many legacies of violence, displacement, migration, and settlement that connect us all. This is a living land acknowledgment, and we will continue to revise and strengthen it as we continue to learn as an institution, and in collaboration with others.

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