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.