Historic road signs pointing the way to the Frederic Remington Art Museum, 303 Washington St. have the world renowned painter and sculptor’s name misspelled.
The signs, erected as part of the state’s Path Through History tourism program launched by Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo in 2012, spell the artist’s name with a “K” at the end of his first name.
Mr. Remington’s first name should be spelled with only a “C” at the end.
The historic tourist markers have been installed at a number of locations, including along State Route 37.
Laura A. Foster, executive director of the Frederic Remington Art Museum, said she seen “seven or eight” of the signs in the area, including one next to the museum grounds on Washington Street. She said on each one of the markers Mr. Remington’s first name is spelled incorrectly.
“It’s alarming to have something as sacred as history with this misspelling,” Ms. Foster said.
She said the museum staff covered up the “K” on the sign outside their building with a piece of tape.
Ms. Foster said she contacted a representative of the state’s Path Through History program and was told that the mistake will eventually be rectified. However, she said to date the misspelled signs are still in place.
Despite the error, she said the signs are still doing their job of pointing motorists in the direction of the art museum.
“They still work, but there are those “K”s,” Ms. Foster said.
Ogdensburg City Manager John M. Pinkerton said Wednesday that he was unaware of the misspelling of Frederic on the signs in and around the city, but hoped state officials will take note and correct the error.
“I think they better fix it,” Mr. Pinkerton said.
A spokeswoman for Gov. Cuomo’s office said the installation of signs associated with the Path Through History program is coordinated through the New York State Thruway Authority.
A spokesman for the thruway authority could not be reached at press time.
Gov. Cuomo launched the Path Through History program as a way to support tourism and economic development, and highlight the state’s history, according to a press release issued in August 2012.
The initiative earmarked $1 million to help highlight more than 200 sites of historic and cultural significance around the state.
City Councilman William D. Hosmer, owner of Hosmer’s Marina on River Street, said the misspelling of Frederic Remington’s first name on the state tourism signs, was likely a simple oversight on the part of state officials. However, he hoped the mistake would be corrected as soon as possible, because it reflects poorly on the city of Ogdensburg.
“It’s too bad a mistake was made like that, because Frederic Remington is a part of our history and the people of Ogdensburg are proud of that history,” Mr. Hosmer said. “Im sure it was just an oversight on someone’s part, but I hope they correct it as soon as possible.”