SCHOOLHOUSE UPDATE

With the help of donations and the Dr Robert S and Dorothy Q Harden Trust the Sand
Hill One-Room Schoolhouse on Tange Road now has a new roof, and the schoolhouse
has been painted in and out. EHS volunteers helped with the cleaning and will soon be
able to replace the school desks, chairs, bookcase, and teacher’s desk in the
schoolroom. André Garand and Betsy Bartlett have cleaned and refinished the floor. The
backroom addition added years ago by the Grange, has been gutted, insulated, has new
wiring, bathroom, and kitchen. It will be used for EHS Board Meetings and hopefully
computer classes or other educational endeavors. The Edinburg Common School
children visit the school when they are learning about Edinburg history. EHS was Willed
the property by Roy Pearsall knowing EHS would maintain the historic Sand Hill One-
Room Schoolhouse for future generations.

VOLUNTEER WITH TOOL BELT NEEDED

The Edinburg Historical Society would like a volunteer to build a Take a Book – or -Leave
a Book, better known as a Book Nook. All materials would be provided by EHS. Please
contact Claudette Koza at 518 863-4844 if you can help or have questions. The Book
Nook will be built at the Rural Museum and available to everyone.

May 2021 Update

Mark your calendar for our next Salad and Bake Sale which will be held on Saturday, May 29th from 9 am to noon. If you wish to contribute baked goods drop your contribution off at the Rural Museum prior to the start of the sale.

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The Edinburg Historical Society volunteers spent a Saturday morning removing the desks and chairs, bookcases, piano and teacher’s desk so the floor could be scrubbed clean in preparation for the floor refinishing at the Sand Hill One-Room Schoolhouse on Tange Road. Once the floor has been finished another workday will be scheduled to clean the school furniture and replace everything back in the schoolroom. Volunteers were: EHS President George and Andrea Blackwood; Naydene Carmody; Town Historian Priscilla Edwards; Linda and Richie Ege; André Garand;  Betsey Bartlette, Valerie Kay; Claudette Koza.

April 2021 Update

The Edinburg Historical Society held a board meeting in April.

On Saturday, May 1 at 9 a.m. EHS is looking for volunteers to help clean the floor of the Sandhill one-room schoolhouse and clean the schoolhouse garage. You do not have to be an EHS member to volunteer your time. Trucks and some muscle will be needed to transport some display cases from the school garage to the Rural Museum.

EHS would also like someone to volunteer their time to build book nook or “take a book/leave a book” that will be located at the Rural Museum located next to the Edinburg Volunteer Fire Company. Material costs will be reimbursed.

EHS will not be asking for any membership dues again this year, but a contribution would be appreciated. Current board members whose terms have expired have agreed to continue their duties until the end of the Covid restrictions when the membership is able to meet and vote on the candidates.

TWO SALAD AND BAKE SALES are scheduled for Saturday, May 29 and Saturday, July 10, both from 9 a.m. to noon to supplement the EHS income derived from our two Festivals that have been put on hold due to the Covid virus. EHS maintains two museums, the Copeland site, and the Sandhill one-room schoolhouse.

COPELAND COVERED BRIDGE SHARES have been purchased by Loren Fox in honor of Norma Fox and Donald Fox; and by Eric & Maureen Sweet in honor of Seward and Theresa Sweet and Bruce and Marjorie Hull. These shares help EHS raise funds for the restoration and maintenance of the Copeland Covered Bridge. Shares are $25 and the names of the recipients are posted at the Copeland Site.

EHS Facebook Page and Online Gift Shop

GIFTS FOR THE HOLIDAYS

The Edinburg Historical Society has a new Facebook page created and maintained by Linda Ege. Check it out in the future for the latest events for the society.

The Facebook page also offers an online gift shop. Through the Facebook page, you can now purchase items from from our gift shop online plus a $5 shipping fee. A Taste of Edinburg cookbook, $10; two DVDs Saving the Dream featuring John Bennis photos documenting Edinburg’s history with music by Robin Gaiser and the Mill Run Dulcimer Band and narrated by the Edinburg Town Clerk, Denise Ferguson, $15; Harnessing Nature: Building the Great Sacandaga made by the Sacandaga Lake Advisory Council with the help of the HR/BR Regulating District, public historians, county historians and people in the community, $20.

October 17, 2020: Bake Sale at Rural Museum

The Edinburg Historical Society will be holding a Bake Sale on October 17, 2020 a the Rural Museum from 9am to 12pm. Please stop by to get some tasty bakes goods and support your local historical community.

Shares are also available in the Copeland Covered Bridge in honor of someone’s birthday, anniversary, or special event or in memory of a loved one. The shares are $25 and can be purchased by sending your check and information to the Edinburg Historical Society, PO Box 801, Edinburg, NY 12134. The Recipient’s name is posted at the Copeland Site and they receive a certificate informing them of your contribution. The certificate can also be sent to you to be presented to them during the holidays or special celebration.

September 5, 2020: Bake Sale at Rural Museum

BAKE SALE AND POTATO, PASTA AND MACARONI SALADS SALE

LABOR DAY WEEKEND SATURDAY, SEPTEMBER 5 FROM 9 A.M. TO 1:00 P.M.

AT THE RURAL MUSEUM ON NORTH SHORE ROAD

Due to COVID-19, The Edinburg Historical Society has cancelled all their monthly meetings and museum activities for the year including the Historic “Edinburgh” Day and the Edinburg Fall Festival. These two festivals in July and September are the only fundraisers that EHS has during the year.

To compensate for the loss of funds from the festivals, EHS will hold a bake sale and salad sale on Saturday, September 5th from 9 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. Masks are mandatory along with social distancing.  An assortment of cookies, pies, fudge, and breads will be available along with the potato, pasta, and macaroni salads. Please support EHS by dropping by and picking up the prepackaged cookies, candy, and salad.

We have had many visitors at the Copeland Covered Bridge so far this year. If you visit the bridge and have purchased a share in someone’s name, please be sure to check the names in the bulletin board at the bridge. EHS took on the job of copying all the names from the sign that was deteriorating and the listing has not been proof-read yet. If you find an error or your name(s) is missing, please contact Marge Ludwig using the above address. Please note that it is alphabetized by the first name of the individual but will be listed alphabetically by the last name before the permanent listing is completed. Please note that the old picnic table has been replaced at the Copeland Covered Bridge so plan on using it this summer.

Your donation of $25 will purchase a Copeland Site share in someone’s honor, a birthday, anniversary, or graduation or in memory of a loved one. Send your check for $25 to the Edinburg Historical Society, PO Box 801, Northville, NY 12134 with the person’s name; whether the donation is in honor of, in memory of, for yourself, or as a gift; and with your name and address to receive an acknowledgement of your donation. Please also include your telephone number in case Marge needs additional information.

TO ALL OUR MEMBERS AND THOSE THAT WOULD LIKE TO JOIN – we will not be collecting member dues of $5 for an individual or $10 for a family this September. If, however, you wish, you may send a donation to the address above.

In memory Of Roger Hoff

The Edinburg Historical Society has lost an active and longtime member. Roger loved his summering in Edinburg for a good portion of his life, beginning in the 1940s, when he vacationed at the Palmer place on Pucker Street and continuing after he bought Ross Mack’s house on North Shore Road in 1980.  Sitting on the backscreen porch listening to the music of Beecher Creek was his happiest time.  He enjoyed sociability with the Lathers, Fred Brownell, Dona and Marshall Robinson in Beecher Hollow and with all of his friends in the Edinburg Historical Society.

Roger held various positions while a member of EHS, staffing the museums, helping with the acquisition and preservation of the Copeland Covered Bridge, co-chairing the Edinburg Walking Tours, chairing the Nominating Committee for many years, and doing physical jobs like sealing the floor of the Rural Museum.

In 2001 Roger invited antique dealers for an end of the year sale at the Rural Museum and that started the Annual Edinburg Fall Festival. Roger donated his 1917 Old Time Canoe for the Hunting, Fishing and Trapping exhibit. With his wife, Kathy they did a layout of the Rural Museum. Both Kathy and Roger were given the Volunteer of the Year Award in 2011 and in 2018 were honored to become Lifetime Trustees.

April 21, 2020: Organizational Meeting (CANCELLED)

The Edinburg Historical Society had planned to meet on Tuesday, April 21 at 7 p.m. at the Edinburg Community Center. President George Blackwood would have outlined our programs for the year and list the projects that EHS would like to accomplish this year. However, this meeting has been cancelled due to the coronavirus situation. We will provide an update as to when our next meeting will be as the situation becomes clearer.

Other updates:

The Sand Hill One-Room Schoolhouse has been completely renovated with a new roof, has been painted in and out by Joey Shield. Heat and air conditioning will be installed in April. The original schoolroom part will be cleaned in the spring and kept just as Roy Pearsall left it with the flag, old schoolbooks, desks, antique stove and the picture of George Washington.

EHS has educational merchandise for sale about the Edinburg. The DVD “Saving the Dream” featuring John Bennis’ photos documenting Edinburg’s history with music by Robin Gaiser and the Mill Run Dulcimer Band was created in a project lead by by past-president Maria Spaeth. It is narrated by Edinburg Town Clerk Denise Ferguson. It sells for $15. “Harnessing Nature: Building the Great Sacandaga” made by the Great Sacandaga Lake Advisory Council with the help of the Hudson River/Blacker River Regulating District, public historians, county historians and people in the community. This DVD sells for $20. The 2019 Taste of Edinburg Cookbook with local recipes may be purchased for $10. The cookbook and DVDs can be purchased at the Edinburg Town Hall on Tuesdays and Wednesdays from 9 a.m. to noon at the Town Historian’s office or mailed to you for a $5 handling fee. Please call the Edinburg Town Hall first to be sure a visit is OK given the coronavirus situation.

EHS 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. An acknowledgement of your contribution will be sent to the recipient you requested, and the name will be posted at the Copeland Covered Bridge. Send your check and information to the address on the website.

The following have purchased shares in the Copeland Covered Bridge – Carol Fortin; Richard Kernan in honor of Dorothy A Kernan and in memory of Timothy F Leonard; Thomas Simpson in memory of Beulah and Raymond Simpson, Michael Allen and Alice Edel. Richard Muth in honor of Christine Saglimbeni.

We will have a separate post about the passing of longtime member Roger Hoff who — along with his wife Kathy — contributed so much to the Society.