Please join us on June 20, 2017 to hear Jason Kemper of the Great Sacandaga Lake Advisory Council (GSLAC) speak about the Council and the progress of the film on the creation of the lake.
Local historians are making a documentary film about the early history of the human-made Great Sacandaga Lake and the effect the lake had on property owners displaced through its creation decades ago. The Great Sacandaga Lake Advisory Council in May 2016 allocated $60,000 for the 54-minute film. Jason is the film project manager. “We have a unique opportunity to document the creation of the reservoir,” Jason said.
Jason resides in the Town of Edinburg and is currently Director of Planning for Saratoga County. Prior employment includes Director of Planning for the Town of Clifton Park, Environmental Specialist for the Town of Clifton Park, NYS Emergency Management Office and the Fulton County Soil and Water Conservation District. Mr. Kemper participates in the Saratoga County fish stocking program and is involved with the Great Sacandaga Lake Fisheries Federation and their activities on the Sacandaga. He received a B.A. in Environmental Science from SUNY Plattsburgh and a Master’s Degree in Urban and Regional Planning from SUNY Albany with a Certificate in GIS Applications. He is currently chairman of the NYS Conservation Fund Advisory Board.
Thank you to everyone who made our potluck dinner at our last meeting such a success! A special big thanks to Claudette Koza for organizing it. Our next potluck will be at our September meeting.
The Society wishes to express condolences to the family of Roy Pearsall on his passing. The children of Edinburg learned so much from visiting the one-room school house he maintained. His effort was a great public service to us all. Roy will be greatly missed. For more about Roy’s life, see this Leader Herald article.
On May 16, 2017, David Brooks, Education Director at Schoharie Crossing State Historic Site will talk on “History and Hearsay” with a virtual tour and interesting tales from along the Erie Canal & Fort Hunter.
Please note: This meeting will start with a Pot Luck Dinner at 6 p.m. Everyone is welcome to bring your favorite dish.
André Garand, Master Carpenter, will speak on “Restoration of Old Buildings” at our next monthly meeting on Tuesday, April 18, 2017 at 7:00 p.m at the Edinburg Community Center. Beyond André’s work on historical structures elsewhere, Edinburg has been so fortunate to have André around to repair and restore the Nellie Tyrrell museum, the Copeland Covered Bridge, the Copeland Carriage Shop, and the Rural Museum. André has also helped the Society in other ways, like by restoring our treadle-powered scroll saw and teaching a new generation how to use it.
Please join us for our first general meeting this year on Tuesday, March 21st, 2017 at 7 pm.
Last November, we had fun sharing stories over pies and other seasonal treats at our meeting of “Pies & Reminiscences” as well as discussing many exciting new project ideas for this year made possible by the Hayden Trust.
Our current monthly meeting schedule for 2017 is available here.
Please also mark your calendar for Historic “Edinburgh” Day (Saturday, July 15, 2017) and the Edinburg Fall Festival (Saturday, September 30, 2017).
The Edinburg Historical Society will hold its last meeting of the year “Pie and Reminiscences” on Tuesday, November 15 at 7 p.m. at the Edinburg Community Center on Military Road.
Members of the Society are asked to bring an object with them to the meeting that was meaningful to their family, played a special role in their holiday traditions, or even an object that you haven’t a clue what it could be and maybe we can help identify it for you. There will be a variety of pies to choose from while you listen to stories.
We will also be discussing how to improve the museums using funds from the Hayden Trust. So, please bring ideas along with your pies.
The Edinburg Historical Society will hold its monthly meeting on Tuesday, October 18 at 7:00 p.m. Samantha Hall-Saladino, Fulton County Historian, will present a program on Famously Infamous Fulton County. Her great grandparents lived and worked in Gloversville in the mid-20th century when the glove industry was booming. Her grandfather worked in a hotel in downtown Gloversville. Tracing her personal history has been a big part of her interest in the history of the county. Samantha is also the education director at the Shaker Heritage Society in Albany. She has a background in Early American History (1620-1820), Women’s History, Education and Interpretation, Gender History, Social History, and material culture.
Thank you to everyone who supported the Edinburg Fall Festival, the volunteers and those who baked and provided the soups. Thank you to Jackie Nicols of Shelby’s Four Corner’s Diner for donating her chili. A big thank you to Joel and Denise Ferguson of J & D Percherons for providing the horse and wagon rides. The five original oil paintings donated by Andy Janik were raffled off and the winners are: Carol Nastars, Pete Tambasco, Audrey Rossi, Liz Vandenburgh and D. Rooney.
September’s business meeting was well-attended, and the pot luck supper right before it was a huge success. We all has a great time. Thank you to everyone who participated!
Share Certificates for the Copeland covered Bridge have recently been issued in honor of Debbie Phillips, David Cooper, Catherine Frances, Rossi Platt, Joseph Platt, Howard C. Ohlhous, Richard C. and Audrey J. Rossi and Anna M. Rossi and in memory of John Poultney and Milford “Skip” Colvin.
The 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.