A ceremony today marked the beginning of the new Seneca Arts and Culture Center at Ganondagan State Historic Site.
The 12-million dollar project aims to showcase the art, culture and society of the Seneca and Haudenosaunee, or Iroquois, people at the site in Ontario County.
Dan Rundberg is the president of the group Friends of Ganondagan.
He says it's important people learn about the culture of the original people in this region.
A two-year, two million dollar capital campaign is underway to help pay for the new 17-thousand square foot facility, and its programs.
Among other things, the Center will include gallery space, a theater, auditorium, and offices. It will also include facilities for distance learning to bring the Ganondagon experience to the global community.
It's expected the new Seneca Arts and Culture Center will open in 2015.