The Edinburg Historical Society will meet on Tuesday, August 15 at 7 p.m. at the Edinburg Hill Cemetery on Military Road.
Edinburg Historian Priscilla Edwards said the first settlers arrived in Edinburg in the late 1780s and naturally discovered the need for cemeteries even before schools. Some of the earliest burials were established on a family’s own farm while in other instances a landowner would set aside a sandy plot of land for a community cemetery. The landowner would sell off burial plots to his neighbors as needed – making extra money to supplement his income. The first recorded burial in the Edinburg Hill Cemetery was in 1802 Little Alfred Perry, two or three years old, son of James Perry.
Military veterans are scattered throughout our cemeteries. Each cemetery has graves only identified by field stones. You can only guess who these people were and when they died. Field stones were used when families could not afford a regular cemetery marker or if there were no family members left to mark the site.
Following the tour of the Edinburg Hill Cemetery members will congregate at the Edinburg Community Center for a meeting and refreshments.
On Tuesday, July 18, 2017 at 7 p.m. at the Edinburg Community Center, Ben Kemp will present a program on Civil War Veterans. Ben is a staff member, tour guide and reenactor at Grant’s Cottage State Historic Site in Wilton, NY, where Ulysses S Grant died in July 1885. Ben is a graduate of State University of New York College of Oneonta. Refreshments will follow the meeting.
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.
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.