The library serves a community of about 52,000 people. Liverpool is a suburb of Syracuse, located in Central New York State. The village rests on the banks of Lake Onondaga, named after one of the original Five Nations of the Iroquois. Its Onondaga Lake Park is the most popular park in Central New York. Liverpool’s importance to the salt industry is well-documented by the Salt Museum, located in Onondaga Lake Park.
Onondaga Lake is traditionally regarded as the birthplace of the Haudenosaunee, also known as the Iroquois, Confederacy. The Great Peacemaker brought together the Seneca, Cayuga, Onondaga, Oneida, and Mohawk Nations on the shores of the lake. These warring nations accepted the Great Peacemaker’s message of peace, laid down their weapons, and formed the Haudenosaunee Confederacy. Since then, the lake has become a sacred place.