August 18, 2015 — Fieldtrip to Rusty Gleaves’ studio

From our President, Maria Spaeth:

“One must maintain a little bit of summer, even in the middle of winter.” Thoreau was a wise man. If he only knew what it was like living in the Adirondacks, he would know all too well how folks live by his words. Even those of us who are here for only a short time, soak summer up in hope of making it last through the roughest of winters. One of the best parts of summer is always Historic Edinburgh Day! Thank you to everyone who helped make this year’s special day an event to remember! For over twenty years the Edinburg Historical Society has been working with community organizations to create a day to celebrate Edinburg, it’s history, and it’s people. What a spectacular summer event for everyone! Please join us for our Fall Festival on Saturday September 19, 9 a.m. to 3 p.m, where we will be featuring our homemade soups and breads, baked goods, demonstrations, our lovely museums, and so much more!

Thank you to everyone who participated in the July “House Stories” program hosted by the Edinburg Historical Society. House Stories is an annual series where selected Historical Society members speak on the home’s histories and those of the historical spots in the region. All programs hosted by the Historical Society are free and open to the public on the third Tuesday of the month.

In July, Robert Stangle and Norma Porteus were honored at a luncheon and made Lifetime Trustees for their many years of service to the Society, promoting historical research, encouraging knowledge of Edinburg’s history and their leadership qualities.

The August 18, 7 p.m. program will be at Rusty Gleaves’ studio in Hope Falls where he will be giving us all a peak at his wonderful studio and speaking to us about his latest projects. Treats and coffee will follow. Please sign up by contacting Claudette Koza through cckoza@yahoo.com. This meeting is instead of our usual meeting at the Edinburg Community Center.

Rusty is also providing one of his small pieces for the Edinburg Historical Society raffle. There are three prizes this year, a framed photo by Norma Porteus and a hand-made afghan by Andrea Blackwood. The drawing will be held at the end of the Edinburg Fall Festival.

Our new cookbook project is growing! Soon fall will be upon us and many of us will be enjoying warm soups and casseroles. Maybe some of those fun fall 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 c/o Andrea Blackwood, 4 Morris Road, Edinburg, NY 12134.

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. Shares can be purchased for $25 with proceeds directly funding the preservation and restoration of the Copeland Carriage Shop and Copeland Covered Bridge. All requests can be sent to the Edinburg Historical Society, PO Box 801, Northville, NY 12134. Visitors at the Copeland Covered Bridge and Carriage House Site can view shareholder’s names at any time. We are always very thankful for your support.

Continue to enjoy your summer, soak up the Adirondacks, and remember to take a bit of it with you wherever you go this year!

Contact Maria Spaeth, president for further information at thespaeths@ymail.com or 863-7063.

July 18, 2015 — Historical “Edinburgh” Day

Please join us Saturday, July 18th, 2015 from 9am to 3pm (rain or shine) for Historic “Edinburgh” day. Come celebrate the grand reopening of the Nellie Tyrrell Museum after significant renovations by Andre Garand. At the Rural Museum, there will be horse-drawn wagon rides (11am to 1pm) by J&D Percherons, Caricatures by Phil Singer, Live Music (morning only) by Jessica Jensen, a bake sale, the Edinburg Quilters, many local Craft Vendors, and more!

There are also other events happening around Edinburg that day. These include an open house at the Edinburg Fire House all day (with demonstrations at 11pm and 1pm, children welcome), a blood pressure clinic at the Edinburg Ambulance Squad, a White Elephant Sale at the Edinburg Methodist Church, and a historical recreation of an Edinburg one-room schoolhouse (morning only).

If you are wondering about the extra “h” in “Edinburgh” day, it is a reminder about Edinburg’s past when the town’s name was spelled differently.

July 21, 2015 meeting: House Stories

On Tuesday, July 21, 7 p.m. the Edinburg Historical Society will hold its monthly meeting at the Edinburg Community Center on Military Road. This will be a presentation by local community members on the stories of the history of  their own homes. We are especially looking forward to a talk by Claire Lathers on what it takes to get a home onto the National Register of Historic Places.

We’d like to thank retired reading teacher, author and historian, Marty Podskoch for presenting the story of his latest book, Adirondack 102 Club: Your Passport and Guide to the North Country, at our last meeting. The Society has a limited number of copies of his book available for sale for those who would like to take on the educational challenge of visiting all 102 Adirondack towns and villages.

June 16, 2015 meeting: Marty Podskoch will discuss his latest book, Adirondack 102 Club

On Tuesday, June 16, 7 p.m. the Edinburg Historical Society will hold its monthly meeting at the Edinburg Community Center on Military Road. Retired reading teacher, author and historian, Marty Podskoch will discuss his latest book, Adirondack 102 Club: Your Passport and Guide to the North Country.

Marty has published several books and worked with Sam Glanzman, comic book illustrator, publishing a weekly newspaper column Adirondack Stories that appeared in and around the Adirondacks and they published a book with 150 illustrated panels from this newspaper column and continues this successful series today.

Don’t forget to send us your recipes and stories for our new cookbook which will have an historic twist. Send us your recipes and family stories, a memory, funny story or tender moment. You do not have to be a member of EHS or reside in Edinburg. All stories and recipes are welcome. Mail your recipes and stories to Andrea Blackwood, 4 Morris Road, Edinburg, NY 12134 or email them to cckoza@yahoo.com.

The Edinburg Historical Society continues to raise funds for the restoration and maintenance of the Copeland Historic Site. 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, and indicated if the share is for yourself, as a gift to someone, in honor of someone, or in memory of someone.

A share certificate has recently been issued in memory of Brenda Brownell Ward. Two shares have been issued to Dom and Florence Locatelli and Robert and Carole Williams. EHS is thankful for these donations used to restore and maintain the Copeland Site.

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

Contact Maria Spaeth, president for further information at thespaeths@ymail.com or 863-7063.

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.