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.

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.

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 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.

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.

March 15, 2016 meeting: First meeting of the year

From our President, Maria Spaeth:

Get the kids to school. Go to work. Cook dinner. Clean up. Shuttle kids to practice, music lessons, clubs. Check in on family and friends. Do the laundry, work magic to pay the bills, take care of the car…and the list goes on and on with little time for anything else. It seems everyone wants some of your time.

Studies have shown that folks are more stressed today because of all the demands placed on their time than other recent generations. We spend more time running around trying to be super human that we forget to how to be human at all, to interact or to have fun together.

We don’t have to be so planned, so boxed in. When we learn we open up and regain our humanity. Learning is a lifelong process with up’s and down’s, but with a little effort there is hope. The Edinburg Historical Society (EHS) seeks always to embrace learning and change to educate, promote, and preserve our community. Although many community residents are passionate about our community, many are reluctant to move past their passion into action. Many fear the demands placed on their time or their commitment level. A terrible mistake.

EHS is a family that allows members opportunities without demands. A simple $5 membership for an individual or $10 membership for families or businesses gives folks a chance to make a difference in their community without demands. Come join us on the third Tuesday of every month March through November, at 7 p.m. at the Edinburg Community Center, for free programs on local and regional topics with treats to follow. It is always a great opportunity to meet people, ask questions, and learn for all ages.

Please attend our first meeting of the 2016 season on March 15th! Refreshments will be served. Becoming a member is simple and easy, but the impact is priceless