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.

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.

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.

March 20, 2018: First meeting of the year

Please join us for our first general meeting this year on Tuesday, March 21st, 2017 at 7 pm.

Our current monthly meeting schedule for 2018 is available here.

Please also mark your calendar for the Edinburg Fall Festival (Saturday, September 29, 2018).

We will not be having an Historic “Edinburgh” Day in July.

The society mourns the loss of long-time member Fred Brownell (Mar 19, 1937 – Dec 24, 2017). Fred filled the Nellie Tyrrell museum with stories of the past at all our events. He will be greatly missed. We will have more about his life and legacy future posts.

“Pie and Reminiscence”

pecan-pieThe Edinburg Historical Society will hold its annual Pie and Reminiscence meeting on Tuesday, November 21, 7 p.m. at the Edinburg Community Center on Military Road. A social hour will follow with pie and coffee.

At the October meeting George Blackwood was elected President, Maria Spaeth Vice-President and Andrea Blackwood was elected to fill in George’s unexpired term as Trustee.

 

Roger Hoff has donated a 1916, 16 foot H. W. Model Canoe now on display at the Rural Museum. The canoe was built by the Old Town Canoe Company. This canoe was built for cruising, carrying heavy loads and for use on large rivers, lakes, large ponds and salt water. Planking and ribs are made from cedar; gunwales and finish rails are of spruce; stems are ash; decks, thwarts and seat are made from of oak, birch or ash; bang plates of polished brass and fastenings throughout are made of brass and copper. When purchased in 1916 it cost $34.00.

 

New Sign for Copeland Site

The deteriorating sign with the names of shareholders has been removed from the Copeland Site and a new sign will be erected in the spring.  A share in the Copeland Covered Bridge was purchased by Linda and Richard Ege. Linda has joined EHS and taken on the job of updating our website. Shares in the bridge help EHS raise funds for maintenance of the Copeland Historic Site. Information on purchasing a share is available on our website.

 

Fall Festival Update

What a wonderful turnout from the local community who braved the cold to attend the Edinburg Fall Festival. Thanks go to our members and locals who contributed the soups, chili and bake sale treats. Mickey Ballard of Eden Gomora Catering contributed two pots of chicken corn chowder and Jackie Nichols of Shelby’s Four Corner Diner donated a batch of chili. Denise and Joel Ferguson of J & D Percherons gave free horse drawn carriage rides. Alice Frasier donated eight beautiful quilts for the merchandise table. Constance Dodge of Dodge House Lakeside Gallery donated cards with copies of her original paintings of old Edinburg photographs. Thanks to everyone for their participation and donations.