September 17, 2019: Pot Luck Dinner and Annual Members Meeting

On Tuesday, September 17th the Edinburg Historical Society will hold a Pot Luck Dinner at 6 p.m. and a business meeting at 7 p.m at the Edinburg Community Center. with the collection of dues and election of the EHS Board members whose terms are expiring. It’s a great way to meet your neighbors and enjoy the evening.

The new Rural Museum addition dedicated to fishing, trapping and hunting is almost completed. Painting and putting together the exhibits are still on the list for completion. Construction people were terribly behind this year because of all the rain and we are grateful that André Garand could find time for us.

The Society welcomes everyone to its meetings. You do not have to be a member to attend. But for $5 a member or $10 for a family why would anyone pass up this opportunity. Are you a snowbird? Many of our members are and participate only during the summer. Wonderful programs and new friendships are just waiting to happen. There are many ways to participate in the Society like baking, manning a table or sitting at the Nellie Tyrrell Museum for a few hours during the Festivals, organizing demonstrators of old-time crafts, or help with the Sunshine Chair and send cards to members for all occasions.

Lorraine and William Barry have purchased a share in the Copeland Covered Bridge in memory of Paul and Lucille Schulte. Patricia and Bradley Brownell have purchased a share in memory of Stirling Hall. Shares are available for $25 in honor of and in memory of a beloved one. The funds help EHS preserve the bridge for future generations.

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

August 20, 2019: House Stories

The Edinburg Historical Society will hold their monthly meeting on Tuesday, August 20, 2019 at 7 p.m. at the Edinburg Community Center on Military Road. There will be a brief meeting and nominations will be accepted for President and Trustee positions. After that, members will tell interesting stories of house histories.

All meetings and programs are free and open to the public. Membership is $5 per person and $10 for a family. EHS meets once a month from April to November.

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 request and the name will be posted at the Copeland Covered Bridge. Send your request to the mailing address here.

Shares in the Copeland Covered Bridge have been purchased by Kim Robinson and Ruth Robinson in memory of Melanie VanEvery; Faye Fraiser in memory of Paul LaPort; Ruth Robinson in memory of Leland C Robinson; Beulah Simpson in memory of Beverly Morgan, Jamie Simpson and LeGrande and Beulah Dimick and in honor of Thomas and Christopher Simpson.

Mark your calendars for the Edinburg Fall Festival on Saturday, September 28 from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Vendors are still needed and if you are interested call Andrea and George Blackwood at 518 863-6772.

July 16, 2019: Bruce Brownell on the Brownell Lumber Round House

On Tuesday, July 16 at 7 p.m. the Edinburg Historical Society will have its monthly meeting at the Edinburg Community Center on Military Road. Bruce Brownell will speak on the Brownell Lumber Round House.

Bruce is the owner of Adirondack Alternate Energy designing and engineering passive solar homes that do not use fossil fuel. After earning a degree in Forestry and working in the family lumber business for several years, Bruce decided to build energy efficient solar homes. He is a 1964 Construction Management and Wood Products Engineering graduate.

Brownell Lumber Company was established in 1933 by Victor and Elizabeth Brownell. In the 60s the “Round house” was built and business expanded into the retail supply of lumber and building products. In 1970 Victor and Elizabeth sold the company to their three sons, Bruce, Ronald and Bradley.

June 18, 2019: Gail Cramer and Priscilla Edwards on Osborn Bridge

On Tuesday, June 18 the Edinburg Historical Society will have its meeting at the Edinburg Community Center on Military Road. Gail Cramer and Priscilla Edwards will speak on Osborn Bridge.

Gail Cramer graduated from Northville Central High School and Barrington College and is a photo shop artist and tutor. She is the Historian for Northampton, Fish House and Northville and collects and preserves local history making it available to the public. Gail does genealogy research for those seeking their ancestors and local history. Gail writes a newsletter each month and has published a book “The Diary of Rhoda Barker Duncan.”

Priscilla Edwards was born and raised in Edinburg attending Edinburg Common School and graduated from Northville Central School. She has been Historian of Edinburg over 30 years. She was one of the original organizers of the Historical Society working as an assistant to Nellie Tyrrell the Town Historian. Priscilla is currently a board member of the Society and has served as President of EHS. She researches inquiries on family genealogy, and has interviewed and taped remembrances of people born in Edinburg. She writes monthly articles for the Edinburg Newsletter.

Historic Edinburg Day will be held on Saturday, July 13. The Society will be selling potato and macaroni salads and baked beans along with their annual bake sale. If you would like to contribute baked goods, salads or baked beans call Claudette at 518 863-4844.

Crafters are needed for the Edinburg Fall Festival being held on Saturday, September 28. Applications are available on the web site or call George and Andrea Blackwood at 518 863-6772.

Pat and Bradley Brownell have purchased a share in the Copeland Covered Bridge in memory of Melanie VanEvery. Shares can be purchased for $25 in honor of a birthday, anniversary, wedding or in memory of a loved one.

May 21, 2019: Norma Porteus will talk on “The Last Hundred Years”

The Edinburg Historical Society will meet on May 21, 2019 at 7 p.m. at the Edinburg Community Center. Centenarian Norma Porteus will talk on “The Last Hundred Years.” She will take questions during her talk. Norma has three children, five grandchildren and four great-grandchildren. She is a photographer of local historic buildings and landscape. Norma has been an active member of EHS since 1994 and served on the Board in various positions.

Do you have any historic pictures from Edinburg’s Plateau Sky Ranch airport? The airport has a rich history and EHS is seeking pictures of some of the events that have been held during the years to preserve that history. Breakfast was served on Sundays and people spent the day picnicking, playing games and watching the planes. For many years the Edinburg Volunteer Fire Company held their annual Field Days at the airport. Logging shows and the Edinburg BiCentenial was held here in 2001 with a parade, woodsmen show, outhouse races, food, music and fireworks. During the fly-ins people camped for the night. The airport is over 60 years old and just recently was used to medivac someone to Albany Medical Hospital. Please contact us at Google Voice Mail 518 460-1746 and leave a message or call Claudette Koza 518 863-4844. Pictures will be scanned in and returned to you. If you have any personal stories to go along with the pictures, we would like that too.

Have you a bought a share in the Copeland Covered Bridge? Shares on still available for $25. What a wonderful way to commemorate the loss of a loved one or wish someone a happy birthday or just to honor them. Send your request to the Edinburg Historical Society, PO Box 801, Northville, NY 12134.

Historic Edinburg Day will be held on Saturday, July 13. The Society will be selling potato and macaroni salads and baked beans along with their annual bake sale. If you would like to contribute baked goods, salads or baked beans call Claudette at 518 863-4844.

Crafters are needed for the Edinburg Fall Festival being held on Saturday, September 28. Applications are available on the web site or call George and Andrea Blackwood at 518 863-6772.

April 16, 2019: Maria Spaeth on the History of the Sand Hill One-room Schoolhouse

Join us for first meeting of the year at the Edinburg Community Center on Military Road on Tuesday, April 16 at 7 p.m. There will be a short organizational meeting and then Maria Spaeth will present a program on the History of the Sand Hill One-room Schoolhouse located on Tange Road. The Society has had a new roof put on the back room and hopes to renovate the back room that was added in the 1930s when it became the Sacandaga Grange Hall. In the 1990s Roy Pearsall purchased the building and kept the schoolroom intact. In 2017 Roy passed away and left the schoolhouse to EHS.

PICTURES WANTED OF THE PLATEAU SKY RANCH AIRPORT: The Edinburg Plateau Sky Ranch airport has a rich history and EHS is seeking pictures of some of the events that have been held during the years to preserve that history. Breakfast was served on Sundays and people spent the day picnicking, playing games and watching the planes. For many years the Edinburg Volunteer Fire Company held their annual Field Days at the airport. Logging shows and also the Edinburg BiCentenial was held here in 2001 with a parade, woodsmen show outhouse races, food, music and fireworks. During the fly-ins people camped for the night. The airport is over 60 years old and just recently was used to medivac someone to Albany Medical Hospital. Please contact us at Google Voice Mail 518 460-1746 and leave a message or call Claudette Koza 518 863-4844. Pictures will be scanned in and returned to you. If you have any personal stories to go along with the pictures we would like that too.

Interested in local history? For $5 for an individual or $10 for a family you can be a member of the Edinburg Historical Society. Have you a bought a share in the Copeland Covered Bridge? Shares on still available for $25. What a wonderful way to commemorate the loss of a loved one or wish someone a happy birthday or just to honor them. Send your request to the Edinburg Historical Society, PO Box 801, Northville, NY 12134.

March 2019 meeting cancelled

The Edinburg Historical Society meeting in March has been cancelled this year due to a conflict with board member’s and the president’s work schedules.

Future board meetings will be held the second Wednesday of each month at 9 a.m. at the Edinburg Community Center. Members are welcome to attend the board meetings.

The addition to the Rural Museum for the trapping, hunting and fishing exhibit is almost finished. André Garand has been working on the addition during the winter but was unable to do more until we get warm weather. André is also building the new shareholder’s sign for the Copeland Covered Bridge and it should be done in May.

President, George Blackwood is organizing a work detail for May to clean the Sand Hill Schoolhouse. If you can help call George at 518 863-6772.

Historic Edinburg Day will be held on Saturday July 13, 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. and EHS members will sell containers of baked beans and salads along with making delicious desserts for the bake sale. The Edinburg United Methodist Church is organizing the event this year as EHS members will be busy in 2019 with new exhibits to organize plus setting up the new hunting, fishing and trapping exhibits.

The Edinburg Fall Festival will be held on Saturday, September 28, 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. There will be craft vendors, a bake sale plus horse drawn wagon rides. Letters to crafters and applications were sent out the end of January. If you or someone you know would like to participate please contact George and Andrea Blackwood, 518 863-6772.

The next meeting of EHS will be April 16 at 7 p.m. at the Edinburg Community Center on Military Road for an organizational meeting and a program by Maria Spaeth on the History of the Edinburg One-Room Sand Hill Schoolhouse. You do not have to be a member to attend.