Between the late 1800’s and early 1900’s, Horace J. Inman created machinery that revolutionized the box-making industry. Today, the Benefactors, Members and Volunteers at the Inman Center, in the beautifully refurbished Building #5 of that historic Amsterdam, NY complex, can share the story and engage their audience with two new digital assets.
Box-making Beacon’s Building Beckons Whole New Bunch
Over the past couple months, we’ve had the great pleasure of working with the good folks at the Horace J. Inman Senior Center, Inc., learning the history of the building and organization, and how today’s iteration of the story continues to benefit not only seniors, but residents of Amsterdam, Montgomery County and beyond, from every generation.
A historically significant start…
As a boy, Horace J. Inman had been mechanically inclined, and as a young man, became a mechanic and engineer. The natural gift and later experience became valuable to him as he set about building, first for his own use, machinery to improve the quality and cut the cost of paper boxes.
The Inman Manufacturing Company complex, built at various times between 1877 and 1920, was used to produce much of the early paper box making machinery. This machinery had a significant affect on manufacturing and commerce, worldwide.
From this beginning and from these machines, Mr. Inman and the company he founded have built practically every different kind of machine used in the box making trade, down to the present day big combination machine which takes the stock from the rolls, cuts, scores, prints, dyes, folds, pastes and turns out the boxes complete in quantities of fifty to one hundred thousand a day. All with but one operator.
A new era…
Rehabilitation of the Inman Manufacturing Company for use as the Amsterdam Senior Citizens Center was accomplished with funds from a Community Development Block Grant provided by the Department of Housing and Urban Development, under Section 106 of the National Historic Preservation Act of 1966. Mitigative documentation was prepared in November 1985, by E. Clark Devendorf, Director of Rehabilitation, Amsterdam Urban Renewal Agency.
Incorporated in 1986, the Horace J. Inman Senior Center, Inc., a 501c3 charitable organization, today makes its home in Building #5 of the original Inman complex. From these spacious yet warmly remodeled digs, the Benefactors, Volunteers and Members of the Inman Center – Amsterdam’s ‘IN’ place to be, host a multitude of clubs, programs and special events that cater not only to seniors, but to entire families and individuals of all ages in Amsterdam, Montgomery County and beyond.
Additionally, the space is available for rental as a reception hall or for a wide variety of events.
…a new challenge
We were approached by then Coordinator of Member Services, Tina Shave, in July, when the Inman Center website went off-line, and asked for help getting the website back online and recommendations on how to effectively move forward in a dynamic digital world.
After verifying that, unfortunately, the old website would not be recoverable, we set about creating a new website and Facebook presence that would allow the Center to communicate with current members, as well as allowing them to reach out to a whole new audience in ways that were new to them but imperative to learn, if the Center is to survive in the Post-boomer world.
Turning over the keys to Amsterdam’s ‘IN’ place to be online…
It has been a great experience meeting various center members and helping them learn how to communicate with current and prospective members, volunteers and benefactors in ways that will help the Center continue to thrive for years to come.
Here’s Jay showing some members around the new website which was built on the CyberChimps iRibbonII Pro Theme. This is a ‘responsive’ or ‘mobile-friendly’ theme, meaning that it re-configures and re-sizes its elements, in order to look great on any device.
Then you’ll know why the Inman center is Amsterdam’s ‘IN’ place to be!
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