Third meeting for 2015 on Tuesday May 19

(Written by our President, Maria Spaeth)

The Sun. The Greeks called the Sun “Helios,” and the Romans called it “Sol,” and I call it “Bliss!” As the Sun finally becomes visible in the Spring sky, we at the Edinburg Historical Society (EHS), have taken advantage of the Sun’s warmth to start doing some Spring cleaning. The museums are being prepared for another wonderful museum season. We would like to thank Andre Garrand for all his tireless work and the Town of Edinburg for their continued commitment to the preservation of local history.

Come join us for our new program on Tuesday, May 19 at 7 p.m. on “A Greener Edinburg” by John Olmstead Solid Waste Coordinator at the Edinburg Community Center. John will introduce us to the many ways that Edinburg is getting “greener” and saving the town money. John was born and raised in Edinburg and has been working for the Town of Edinburg since 1990. He has served on several board positions for the Edinburg Volunteer Fire Department. A brief business meeting will be held before the program. Programs are free and open to the public with treats to follow. What a great way to get out and enjoy the sun and come great company!

Our new cookbook project is growing! Soon summer will be upon us and many of us will be enjoying cookouts on the grill. Maybe some of those fun summer recipes are family favorites. They would be a great addition to the new EHS cookbook. If you have a favorite family recipe that you would like featured in our newest cookbook, please send us a copy of the recipe and a short one to two paragraph write up describing a family memory, a funny story, or a tender moment with your dish. Send your entries to the Edinburg Historical Society at PO Box 801, Edinburg, 12134 or email them to cckoza@yahoo.com.

As we look toward the future, EHS would like to remember the very generous folks that purchased shares this year in memory of, in honor of, or as a gift for a loved one. Share certificates for the Copeland Bridge Site have recently been issued in honor of Donald F. Lasher, Helen Gallant and Barbara Henry; and in memory of Barbara Ellen Allen, Ellen Hillstrom Shea, Paul and Maureen Hillstrom, Meghan and Gregory Hillstrom, Elizabeth (Betty) Lasher and Emily Jane Bigelow. Visitors at the Copeland Covered Bridge and Carriage House Site can view shareholder’s names. The Society is very thankful for this support as it helps to restore the Copeland Carriage Shop and helps in the continued maintenance of the Copeland Covered Bridge.

Enjoy the sun this Spring and remember to check our new website regularly for updates. We cannot wait to see you on the third Tuesday of every month. It’s never too late to join and serve your community.

The Edinburg Historical Society continues to raise funds for the restoration and maintenance of the Copeland Historic Site which is comprised of the Copeland Covered Bridge and Carriage Shop. Your donation of $25 will purchase a share certificate for yourself, as a gift, in honor of a loved one or in memory of a loved one. Upon receipt of your donation, a certificate will be sent to the recipient you request and the name will be posted in the Copeland Covered Bridge. Send your request to the Edinburg Historical Society, PO Box 801, Northville, NY 12134.

If you are planning a small wedding, renewals of wedding vows or other event this summer and want to reserve the Copeland Covered Bridge for the ceremony, call Marge Ludwig, 863-7063. The bridge can accommodate 10 people and others can gather on the deck and surrounding grounds next to Beecher Creek. The suggested donation is currently $50. If you haven’t visited in a while stop by in the spring and see the observation deck on the back of the Copeland Bridge that Tyler Monacchio built to earn his Eagle Scout Badge.

Second meeting for 2015 on Tuesday April 21

On Tuesday, April 21, 7 p.m. the Edinburg Historical Society will hold its meeting at the Edinburg Community Center on Military Road. Welcome back snowbirds. Join us for a “surprise” guest for our program portion of the meeting. A social with coffee and homemade baked goods follows the Society’s meetings. All meetings are free and open to the public.

The March meeting was very enjoyable as members and friends greeted each other after a long winter. The Edinburg Historical Society is open to all who are interested in history, whether or not you live in Edinburg. Membership is currently $5 for an individual and $10 for a family.

The Edinburg Historical Society continues to raise funds for the restoration and maintenance of the Copeland Historic Site which is comprised of the Copeland Covered Bridge and Carriage Shop. Your donation of $25 (as of this writing) will purchase a share certificate for yourself, as a gift, in honor of a loved one or in memory of a loved one. Upon receipt of your donation, a certificate will be sent to the recipient you request and the name will be posted in the Copeland Covered Bridge. Send your request to the Edinburg Historical Society, PO Box 801, Northville, NY 12134.

First meeting for 2015 on Tuesday March 17th

Please join us for our first general meeting this year on Tuesday, March 17th, 2015. We will have Saint Patrick’s Day themed refreshments!

Last October, Dan Berggren’s folk singing about the Adirondacks reminded us of the culture, values, challenges, and opportunities that have formed where we live. His song “Big Beams” was especially touching for any parent or caregiver of young children.

We all had fun  sharing stories over pies and other seasonal treats at our last November meeting of “Pies & Reminiscences”. We talked about one  physical object brought to the meeting which had some personal significance. Some items were from more than 100 years ago.

Our current monthly meeting schedule for 2015 is available here.

Beyond Historic “Edinburgh” Day (Saturday, July 18, 2015) and the Edinburg Fall Festival (Saturday, September 19, 2015), and we have some new initiatives in the works, including another recipe book after the last one sold out, a crafting group, and a self-guided driving tour of historical sites in Edinburg, NY, and more. Please “follow” the EHS blog to get regular updates.

Come hear singer Dan Berrgren at our October 21, 2014 meeting!

On October 21 at 7 p.m. the Edinburg Historical Society will hold its monthly meeting at the Edinburg Community Center on Military Road. Dan Berggren will entertain members with his music based on human nature, love, hard work, failure and success. Dan has recorded several CDs of songs on the Sleeping Giant Records label, including both traditional and original Adirondack music. These include Adirondack Green, Cloudsplitter, Rooted in the Mountains, Adirondack Reflections, and his latest CD, Tongues in Trees. All programs are free and open to the public.

Have you got your rake ready? It’s getting to be that time of year when many of us have a bit of straightening up to prepare for autumn and winter. The Edinburg Historical Society is no exception to this rule. The Nellie Tyrrell and Rural Museums will be cleaned and closed for the 2014 season. But the Historical Society doesn’t go into hibernation simply because it turns cold. We are still movin’ and shakin’.

A big thank you to everyone from Mr. Sitt’s former fourth grade class. Children from Mr. Sitt’s former fourth grade class from the Edinburg Common School attended the September meeting to give a lovely presentation on local history to culminate their studies. Congratulations to the 2014 Nellie Tyrrell Award winners, Ethan Moore and Kailyn Ginter.

Claudette Koza was elected to a three year term as secretary. After many years of service, our vice-president Marilyn Sargent has had to step down, so her position is currently open and we are currently looking for a volunteer to fill that role.

What a great Fall Festival! Thank you to the community for such wonderful support. Thank you to the bakers, the soup makers, and everyone that donated their time and money for such a successful event. Did you miss us? You can still pick up our new 2014 t-shirts by contacting George Blackwood at 863-6772 for further information. Makes a great holiday gift!

The Copeland Historic Site will be open through the autumn so, check it out and enjoy the beauty of season from this historic site. Thank you for sharing this wonderful time of year with us.

All meetings and programs are free and open to the public.

The EHS website now uses WordPress

The Edinburg Historical Society website is now using WordPress and is hosted at WordPress.com. All the content from our previous website has been copied over to pages on this website. We hope to be adding more content and creating new ways for more people to participate in the Society’s mission using WordPress and other web technologies. We are now using a new domain (“EdinburgHistoricalSociety.org”) which is a bit easier to remember than the previous one (“edinburg-hist-soc.org”). Thanks go to Marilyn Sargent and Paul Fernhout for registering the new domain name and exploring other options (including Google Apps for Non-profits) for the main internet presence for the society. We also explored using Omeka, Drupal, Joomla, and other custom options. We ultimately settled on WordPress for ease of use, especially by people with limited technical skills. We chose WordPress.com as a host because, within their limits regarding third-party plugins, they provide reliable hosting for WordPress with continuous security updates without much need for us to worry about related maintenance.

Previously, we had a static website at “edinburg-hist-soc.org” for the past dozen years. The history of that site can be found at Archive.org. That “edinburg-hist-soc.org” domain has been redirected to this one, and that DNS change should propagate globally across the internet over the next few days.

Here is a screenshot of the index page from the previous website:
EHS Previous Website Screenshot 2014-08-28 at 10.03.21 AM

That site had been created by our previous curator, Leslie Sittner. We would like to thank Leslie for all her efforts creating and maintaining the Society’s website over the years, especially all the hard work involved in scanning and cleaning up the various historic pictures you can see on this site. Thanks also to the local-to-us website provider, Mountain Media, who hosted it for all those years — especially Matthew Sawyer for responding to our support needs there, for handling the handover of that site to Paul when Leslie moved on to other things a few years ago, and also for cooperating with changes to the “edinburg-hist-soc.org” domain name administration so it could point to this new site.