March 21, 2017: First meeting of the year

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).

August 16, 2016: Clarkville Cemetery field trip

The Edinburg Historical Society will hold a tour of the Clarkville Cemetery with Priscilla Edwards, Town Historian, at its monthly meeting on Tuesday, August 16 at 7 p.m. Members will meet at the Clarkville Cemetery located on Tennantville Road. The cemetery contains the graves of Civil War Veterans and others that were relocated during the flooding of the Sacandaga Valley.

The Nellie Tyrrell Award is given to 4th graders at the Edinburg Common School in memory of Edinburg’s first curator and historian, Miss Nellie Tyrrell. Miss Tyrrell was a retired school teacher from Gloversville and a direct descendant of Arad Copeland who owned the Copeland Covered Bridge. The 2016 award was presented to Liam Brook and Elizabeth Colvin for their interest and achievement in local history.

The town was alive with activities for the whole family at the 25th Historic Edinburg Day. Visitors enjoyed free horse and wagon rides, live history demonstrations, bake sale, crafts and car show. Thank you to everyone who participated and volunteered their time.

We also wish to thank Claudette Koza and Cynthia Kurtz for speaking about their houses and their history during last month’s “House Stories” member’s meeting.

May 17, 2016 meeting: Trapping and the Fur Industry

The Edinburg Historical Society will meet on Tuesday, May 17 at 7 p.m. at the Edinburg Community Center on Military Road. Toby Edwards will be speaking on “Trapping and the Fur Industry.”

Toby Edwards 2016 speaker on trapping and the fur industry

Toby Edwards on trapping and the fur industry

Trapping was carried out for a variety of reasons in the early days of North American settlements. Originally it was for food, fur and other animal products. It has since been expanded to encompass pest control, and wildlife management. According to Wikipedia, wildlife biologists support the use of regulated trapping for sustained harvest of some species of furbearers. Studies have shown that trapping can be an effective method of managing and studying furbearers, controlling damage caused by furbearers and at times reducing the spread of harmful diseases. Trapping requires time, hard work and money. The State and Federal Fish and Wildlife Agency professionals test traps and compile recommendation to improve and modernize the technology of trapping through scientific research know as Best Management Practices.


Raffle tickets are being sold for five original oil paintings by Andy Janik. Andie has had a lifelong interest in art. He purchased his first set of oil paints and canvas with money earned from his paper route in Albany, NY. He doodled more than paid attention in school. After his oil paints ran out, he took a brief, 60 year hiatus from art, though he continued to admire the work of others. After he retired, his wife, Sharon, purchased art lessons for him from an artist friend and neighbor Betsy-Apgar-Smith in Schoharie, NY. Now, living in Edinburg NY, Andy is a member of SVAN and is presently enrolled in the Sacandaga Valley Arts Network (SVAN) art classes with Constance Dodge. In the winter months, he participates in art classes at the senior citizens center in Hilton Head, SC.

Andy is still in the learning phase and is very taken with various media in the world of art. He likes sketching and working with watercolors and pastels, but he’s most comfortable with painting in oil. He has exhibited work in the SVAN Arts Center Gallery in Northville, the Northville High School and more recently in the Micropolis Cooperative Art Gallery in Gloversville.

Raffle tickets are available at Edinburg Historical Society meetings and can be purchased from any EHS member or call Claudette Koza, 863-4844. The raffle will take place at our 2016 Fall Festival.