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Andrus/Home Dairy/Firebrand Building ReceivesLocal Landmark Designation!

Historic Ithaca is so excited about the local landmark designation fittingly earned by 143 East State St. to commemorate the great work done on the second story by Firebrand Books Publishing, nationally renowned lesbian, feminist, and anti-racist press founded in Ithaca, NY, by Nancy K. Bereano.The press produced work in a wide variety of genres by ethnically and racially diverse authors such as Dorothy Allison, Alison Bechdel, Leslie Feinberg, Jewelle Gomez, and Audre Lorde. In 1996, Bereano was recognized with the Lambda Literary Publisher’s Service Award for her contributions to LGBTQ and small press publishing. This new titles designates the building as an important part of the City's heritage and that ILPC must approve in advance any alteration, reconstruction, demolition, or new construction affecting the designated building. Congratulation to Jeff Ivonnone for leading this cause and putting so much powerful work into the proposal and to Nancy Bereano for officially becoming a part of Ithaca history!

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