We are sad to say goodbye to three legendary colleges in Upstate New York.  The College of Saint Rose (Albany), Cazenovia College (Cazenovia), and Wells College (Aurora).  In total these three colleges alone have been schools of higher education in Upstate New York for almost 500 years!

This gallery takes a biographical look at each of these colleges.  They have had a great past, and now a final curtain.  But, why?  Well, this gallery is not intended to be a full dissertation on the economic woes facing each location.  But, rather, this gallery is merely a look back at the college's history, what happened to cause it to close (news reports and official college administration statements are included), and where do each of them go from here?  (Wells and Cazenovia are prime locales for investment, and the College of Saint Rose will now have 87 properties that are empty within the city limits of Albany).

This writer has a sentimental connection to each of them.  I lived in the Pine Hills neighborhood next to the College of Saint Rose for many years.  I spoke at Cazenovia College when I was on a speaking tour for my Upstate New York books.  And I have walked the pathways of Wells College on numerous trips to the Finger Lakes region and Aurora itself.  I have fond memories of each.

Again, there is no need to parse out why these colleges have closed.  That is for the experts.  But, each deserves to be remembered by us all.

And that is the purpose of this gallery....

Upstate NY Bids Farewell to 3 Small Colleges: Wells, Saint Rose, and Cazenovia. Why?

Over the last 12 months the Upstate New York region has said a sad farewell to three small colleges: Wells College (Aurora, NY), College of Saint Rose (Albany), and Cazenovia College (Cazenovia). Why did they close and what will happen to these campuses? This gallery gives a biographical sketch of each of these three colleges. All of them have been around for a very long time: College of Saint Rose (125 years), Wells College (156 years), and Cazenovia College (200 years!), and their leaving will have a significant impact on their longtime host communities.

And each deserves to be remembered......

Gallery Credit: Chuck D'Imperio

Road Trip! Sports Halls of Fame and Museums Are Everywhere in Upstate New York

Warm weather means road trips. And there is no better road trip in Upstate New York than to visit the many sports halls of fame and museums in the region. From the Hudson Valley to Western New York you will find museums and halls of fame dedicated to boxing, horse racing, baseball, stock car racing, fly fishing, and many other sports. Here are 8 of the best in Upstate New York.

Gallery Credit: Chuck D'Imperio