August 21, 2018: Edinburg Cemetery Tour

On Tuesday, August 21, 2018, Town of Edinburg Historian Priscilla Edwards will lead a field trip to tour Edinburg Cemetery on the Edinburg-Northville Road by the Edinburg Common School. School children are invited to participate. This meeting is not at the community center, but some car pooling will be arranged from there or you can drive directly to the site. Please arrive by 6:30pm to have more daylight. We will also have a brief meeting at the cemetery beforehand with a Nominations Report.

In November, we will be having a special activity at our Pies and Reminiscences meeting to honor veterans. If you are a veteran or know one who would like to attend and share some memories of your service, please contact our President, George Blackwood (at 518 863-6772) or Priscilla Edwards (at the Town Hall) for more details.

July 17, 2018: Cynthia Kurtz Discussing EHS Museum Exhibits and Plans

The Edinburg Historical Society will meet on Tuesday, July 17, 2018 at 7 p.m. at the Edinburg Community Center on Military Road. Cynthia Kurtz, Curator for the Rural and Nellie Tyrrell Museums, will discuss our exhibits, museum pieces and other collections and ideas for displaying them. Cynthia is the author of the Working with Stories in Your Community or Organization textbook, the accompanying NarraFirma software, and the Narratopia story sharing card game.

Roy Pearsall’s Sand Hill one-room schoolhouse, circa 1813, on Tange Road is now in the hands of the Society and plans are being made to possibly update the living quarters for a meeting place, research area, and/or computer classes for seniors while preserving the classroom. Roy Pearsall left the old desks, books, wood burning stove and things that he had acquired and preserved. It will be open during our festivals or by arrangement.

A new addition to the Rural Museum on trapping, hunting and fishing will be added this year. The interior walls are going to be painted to make the museum brighter and bring out the antique items on the walls. Edinburg residents have taken home some projects like our doll house donated by Lucille Groat that was in need of painting, furniture and new electrical wiring.

If anyone is experienced in applying for Federal Grants and are willing to assist the Society on applying for a Grant to help preserve the Carriage Factory, please call the Edinburg Historian, Priscilla Edwards on 518 863-2034, ext 22. The Carriage Shop located at the Copeland Site is well over 100 years old and during its operational lifetime served as a carriage shop and then a machine shop totally powered by water from the Beecher Creek. Arad Copeland operated this shop as a Wheelwright and maker of cabinets, furniture and coffins. John Latcher converted the Carriage Factory into a machine shop and at one time made hand-made gun barrels.

Mark your calendars for the Edinburg Fall Festival on Saturday, September 29, 10 am to 3 pm. Applications for crafters and vendors are available on our website or contact Andrea and George Blackwood 518 863-6772.

Copeland Covered Bridge shares are available for $25 and make great gifts for birthdays, anniversaries or in memory of a loved one. Send your request to the Edinburg Historical Society, PO Box 801, Northville, NY 12134. Eight shares have been purchased by John Christman in memory of Michael McMahon. Two shares have been purchased by Carol J. Fortin.

Contributions to the Edinburg Historical Society have been received in memory of Michael Koza by the following: Aida and Joseph Bunk, JoAnn and Tom Masterson, Bonnie Fish, Maryann and Edward Frye, Bob and Donna Travis, Doug and Kathy Grabo, Andrew and Sharon Janik, Wendy and Chuck Haugh, David and Patrice DeCoster, Daniel and Carol Nastars and Harry and Judith Dufresne.

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

July 14, 2018: Edinburg Community Day

Historical “Edinburgh” Day is cancelled this year due to some building restorations. The Edinburg Methodist Church will be sponsoring a “COMMUNITY DAY” on JULY 14 from 9:00AM to 2:00PM.

The following places will be open: The CHURCH, FIREHOUSE, RURAL MUSEUM (walk through only, renovations permitting) and the NELLIE TYRRELL MUSEUM.

A CLASSIC CAR SHOW will be held behind Fuller’s. The J & D PERCHERONS will also participate with Wagon Rides from 10:00AM to 2:00PM.

Many other activities are also planned. A White Elephant Sale at the Church Pavilion, Boy Scout demonstrations at the firehouse, Senior Citizens bake sale, Girl Scouts, Maple cotton candy by Mud Road Sugar House, Basket Raffle and Maple products by Dorothy Edwards.

Please Join Us for a FUN FILLED COMMUNITY DAY!!

June 19, 2018: John Ferguson on “The 50s in Northville & Sacandaga Park”

Please note: This meeting will start with a Pot Luck Dinner at 6 p.m. Everyone is welcome to bring your favorite dish.

John Ferguson will talk on “The 50s in Northville & Sacandaga Park” starting at 7pm. Feel free to wear your poodle skirts and leather jackets.

The society wishes to express condolences to our secretary, Claudette Koza, on the loss last month of her husband of 57 years, Michael.

June 16, 2018: Remembering Fred Brownell

Family and friends of Fred Brownell are invited to a graveside service that will be held on Saturday, June 16, 2018, at 11 a.m. at the Edinburg Cemetery.

There will be a luncheon reception for the community afterwards at the Edinburg Firehouse starting around 11:45 a.m. Stop by to remember Fred’s life and the many stories he would tell about Edinburg’s history.

Fred died at age 80 on Sunday December 24, 2017 at home after being stricken. He was born in Edinburg on March 19, 1937. The son of the late, Merrill and Beulah Conklin Brownell.  Fred worked as an electrician with his father for many years and operated his own lawn care business from 1952 – 1980. He was a lifetime area resident, a member of the Edinburg Methodist Church and was a very active member of the Edinburg Historical Society since 1975. Fred will always be remembered for his knowledge of local history and love of sharing that knowledge with visitors of the Nellie Tyrrell Museum. Fred enjoyed researching his family genealogy, traveling and spending time with his many family members. He is survived by many aunts, uncles and cousins.

 

May 15, 2018: Rural Museum Renovation and Upcoming Plans

The Edinburg Historical Society will meet at the Rural Museum on Tuesday, May 15, at 6 p.m. at the Rural Museum. Members will be asked to help remove wall hanging at the Rural Museum in preparation for the painters to spruce up the walls.

The monthly meeting will follow at 7 p.m. at the Edinburg Community Center where President George Blackwood will speak on upcoming plans and events for the Society. All meetings and programs are free and open to the public.

If you are interested in belonging to the Historical Society to learn more about the area and its history, this is your chance. Membership is $5 a year for an individual and $10 for a couple/family. Young people are an asset to EHS contributing their time and energy on different projects while earning their volunteer hour requirements for graduation. Many of our members are snow birds who are with us from May to October/November.

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. Please see this page for more information on shares.

Reminder: Crafters wanted for Edinburg Fall Festival

April 17, 2018: Duties of the Edinburg Town Clerk

The Edinburg Historical Society will meet on April 17 at 7 p.m. at the Edinburg Community Center. Denise Ferguson, Edinburg Town Clerk, will speak on “The Duties of the Town Clerk.” Denise has lived in Edinburg most of her life. She is married to Joel and together they own J & D Percherons and provide horse and carriage rides for weddings, family reunions and provide free rides during the Society’s festivals.

All programs are held on the third Tuesday of the month at the Edinburg Community Center on Military Road. All meetings and programs are free and open to the public.

The Society has the DVD of John Bennis old photographs of Edinburg entitled Saving the Dream, narrated by our speaker Denise for $15. The DVD Harnessing Nature: Building the Great Sacandaga is also available for $20. Both DVDs are available in the Historian’s office Wednesdays, 9 a.m. to noon at Edinburg Town Hall or arrangements can be made to mail you either DVD for a $5 postage and handling fee.

Please renew your membership so you don’t miss out on what the society is planning this year. Dues are $5 for an individual, $10 for a family or organization. Send your check or join us on April 17.