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'Hidden in Plain Sight': Using Art To Protect New York's History

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BINGHAMTON, N.Y. -

The Bundy Museum of History and Art is hosting a new exhibit called "Hidden In Plain Sight," a traveling photography exhibition highlighting endangered buildings across New York. 

Organized by the Preservation League of New York State, the exhibit showcases black and white photos by Bruce Harvey of the League’s 2018-19 Seven to Save list of at-risk historic places.

Harvey, who is a historian and documentarian, decided to start documenting endangered buildings through his photography. 

"It turned out his photographs were more than just documents. They’re very artistic, they’re beautiful, they’re black and white, and they really show these buildings in a beautiful way that people can enjoy and appreciate," said Janna Rudler, Director of Development at the Bundy Museum. 

'Hidden in Plain Sight' aims to bring awareness to these buildings and their importance to New York communities.

"It really kind of allow people to take a look at these buildings that are outside of our communities but within our state and there are buildings like them in the Binghamton area that also need to be saved, so it really is to remind people to look up and take notice of the historic buildings where they live and work and think about how you can become active in saving these buildings and every person can do something," said Rudler. 

"You can be an advocate and you can even just talk with your friends about these buildings, why they are an important part of our landscape and an important part of our lives," added Rudler. 

The exhibit has been traveling across the state. Binghamton is the exhibit's second to last stop before its final stop in Jamestown. 

The museum will be highlighting the free exhibit all month long.  It will remain on display until November 1.