June 20, 2017: Jason Kemper on the Great Sacandaga Lake Advisory Council and its upcoming film

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.

April 18, 2017: André Garand on “Restoration of Old Buildings”

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.

November 15, 2016: Pies and Reminiscences

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.

October 18, 2016: Famously Infamous Fulton County

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.

September 17, 2016: Edinburg Fall Festival

On Saturday, September 17th, 9 a.m. to 3 p.m., the Edinburg Historical Society will hold its annual Edinburg Fall Festival at the Nellie Tyrrell and Rural Museums on North Shore Road near the Edinburg Four Corners. Coffee, homemade treats, soups and chili will be available.

The bake sale will feature home-made pies, cookies, breads and cakes. There will be demonstrations in the Rural Museum and craft vendors. The Nellie Tyrrell Museum has historic photographs and children are encouraged to ring the bell.

jd-percherons-at-2015-edinburg-fall-festivalJoel and Denise Ferguson of J & D Percherons will have their beautiful black horses providing free horse and wagon rides from 10:00am to 12:00 p.m.

Singer and acoustical guitarist Jessie Jensen will perform.

Take a short walk or drive to the Copeland Covered Bridge built in 1879 and the Carriage Factory built before 1828. The Carriage Factory was a water-powered shop owned by the Copeland brothers who were wheelwrights and makers of cabinets, coffins and furniture. The Society is hoping not only to restore the Carriage Factory but also to obtain some of the old tools and machinery. We had over 1,000 visitors to the Copeland Site last year from twenty-nine different states and four different countries.

Visit the historic Barker’s Store where in 1995 a hidden room was discovered and is now determined to be a stop on the Underground Railroad.

Buy a raffle ticket for a chance to win one of five original oil painting by Edinburg resident, Andy Janik. Andy is a member of SVAN and has exhibited work at the SVAN Arts Center Gallery in Northville, the Northville High School and more recently in the Micropolis Cooperative Art Gallery in Gloversville. The drawing will be held at the close of the Festival and you do not have to be present to win.

Park and walk across the Batchellerville Bridge, one of the longest steel bridge spans in upstate New York and enjoy the gorgeous view.

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A short business meeting of the Society will be held on Tuesday, September 20 following a 6:00 p.m. Pot Luck Dinner. Bring a dish to share. Stew, casserole, bread, vegetables, baked beans, tossed salad, potato and macaroni salad and desserts are possibilities.

July 16, 2016: Historic “Edinburgh” Day

The 25th annual “Historic Edinburgh Day” a community-wide festival will be held Saturday, July 16, from 9:00 a.m. to 3 p.m. rain or shine. The festival will be held at the site of the Edinburg Rural and Nellie Tyrrell Museums on County Highway 4 (North Shore Road) in Edinburg. Both museums will be open for this event and visitors can view the many displays and artifacts of historic interest pertaining to Edinburg and the surrounding area. The event includes a bake sale and craft vendors.

The Rural Museum features an old time general store, carpentry shop, antique barn loom, farmhouse kitchen, parlor and maple sugaring display. Participants will demonstrate spinning and weaving. The Nellie Tyrrell Museum is one of Edinburg’s oldest schoolhouses and features documents, photos and many other artifacts of historic interest.

Raffle tickets will be sold for five original oil paintings generously donated by Andy Janik an Edinburg resident. The paintings are framed and ready to be hung. Five drawings will be held and raffle tickets will be sold at the festival for $1 per chance or $5 for six chances. The drawing will be held at the Edinburg Fall Festival on Saturday, September 17. Proceeds from the festival and raffle enable the Society to preserve Edinburg’s history, traditions, photographs, papers and maintain displays at our Rural and Nellie Tyrrell Museums.

The Edinburg United Methodist Church (1836) is having a white elephant sale. The fire trucks will be out at the Edinburg Volunteer Fire Department and items will be on displayed for their silent auction. The Sacandaga Seniors are selling hot dogs. A car show at the Edinburg Four Corners will feature antique and custom hot rods, cars and trucks. The Edinburg Emergency Squad will have a blood pressure clinic.

There will be free horse and wagon rides by J & D Pencherons from 11:00 a.m. to 2 p.m. Visit the Copeland Covered Bridge which is 35 feet long and is the only NYS queen post truss bridge in Saratoga County. Park and take a walk to enjoy the view as you cross the Great Sacandaga Lake on the Batchellerville Bridge, one of the longest steel bridge spans in upstate New York.

The Northville Rotary Club is having their Woodworking and Fine Arts Weekend just 4 miles away at the Northville Town Hall and Park on South Main Street from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Saturday and 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Sunday.

On Tuesday, July 19 at 7 p.m. the regular monthly meeting of the Edinburg Historical Society will feature “House Stories” by members of the Society. Meetings are free and open to the public. Membership is a bargain at $5 per person a year.

All meetings and programs are free and open to the public. Contact Maria Spaeth, president for further information at thespaeths@ymail.com or 863-7063.

June 21, 2016 meeting: Stories in your Family and Community

The Edinburg Historical Society will hold its monthly meeting on Tuesday, June 21, 7 p.m. at the Edinburg Community Center on Military Road. The program will feature the Society’s Curator, Cynthia F. Kurtz speaking on Stories in your Family and Community. Cynthia will talk about how you can help your family share and preserve its stories.

Cynthia F. Kurtz, EHS Curator and author of Working With Stories

Cynthia F. Kurtz, EHS Curator and author of Working With Stories

Cynthia will talk about how people naturally tell and listen to stories in conversations, how to draw stories out, and what you can do with your family’s stories once you hear them. She will also talk a little about her work with communities, and she will show her Narratopia card game that people can use to play at sharing stories together.

Picture of Narratopia Story Sharing Card Game

Narratopia Story Sharing Card Game

Cynthia is a researcher, software developer, consultant and writer who has been helping communities and organizations work with their stories since 1999. She has consulted on over eighty narrative projects for a variety of clients in government, for-profit and non-profit sectors. Her textbook “Working with Stories in Your Community or Organization: Participatory Narrative Inquiry” is widely considered a vital resource for participatory story work. She and her husband have developed the open source NarraFirma software to accompany the book.

Picture of Cynthia F. Kurtz's Working With Stories Book

Cynthia F. Kurtz’s Working With Stories Book

Most of Cynthia’s work is with decision support and change in large organizations but she intends to gear down and talk about simpler things like family histories. She will touch on working with stories to create positive change in small communities like ours but only in the last portion of the talk. Cynthia will talk about how people used to tell stories in the past because it is historical and also to show how we can bring back some of that local storytelling spirit in the modern world.