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CCHS Members Invited to Review Proposed By-Law Revisions

CCHS Members Invited to Review Proposed By-Law Revisions

NORWICH, N.Y. – Thanks to a generous Capacity Building grant from the New York Council of Non-Profits (NYCON), the Chenango County Historical Society (CCHS) recently completed a draft of revisions to the organization’s by-laws and constitution. The revised documents are available for viewing at: TinyURL.com/2021CCHSByLawsDraft The Board of Trustees has recommended approval for these proposed changes to the CCHS by-laws when they come before the full voting membership of the society. Revisions to the CCHS by-laws require a two-thirds vote of approval from those members who participate in the voting process before amendments can be made. The proposed changes are being made available to the membership for thorough consideration in advance of the next annual meeting, scheduled for this November. Prior to this assessment, the CCHS by-laws had not been given a thorough review since 2000. The suggested revisions are being proposed in order to improve the well-being of the organization’s...

CCHS Accepting Applications for Elinor Robb Troicke Memorial Scholarship

CCHS Accepting Applications for Elinor Robb Troicke Memorial Scholarship

NORWICH, N.Y. – The Chenango County Historical Society (CCHS) has announced that application are now being accepted for the Elinor Robb Troicke Memorial Scholarship CCHS anticipates awarding the annual scholarship this June to a graduating high school senior from Chenango County. Named in honor of McDonough community member Elinor Robb Troicke, the scholarship has been awarded every year since 2013. At the time of her passing, Don and Anita Sheldon said Elinor Robb Troicke “was a pillar in the McDonough community. For the past seven years, Troicke has been a column of support for area high school seniors.” Troicke served for many years as a volunteer museum educator at CCHS. She taught art at Oxford Academy and Central School for more than 20 years before retiring in 1989. She was a very active member of the McDonough United Methodist Church, where she taught Sunday School and Vacation Bible School. She was a member of the United Methodist Women and was involved in every function at...

CCHS “2020 Virtual Parade of Trees” Winner Announced

CCHS “2020 Virtual Parade of Trees” Winner Announced

NORWICH, N.Y. – On January 6th, following a fantastic campaign, the winner of the "2020 Virtual Parade of Trees" was announced. Upon raising a total of $340, the American Legion Auxiliary Unit 189 from Norwich, NY was declared winner for their tree entitled "Poppies Across America". In total, $864 was raised across the campaign, and will go a long way in supporting the mission of CCHS. In recognition of the challenges posed by the pandemic, CCHS recognized a need to take their annual "Parade of Trees" to the virtual realm. As such, members of the community were able to vote for their favorite tree by making a donation, similar to years past. However, in lieu of container voting, virtual visitors made donations to the corresponding organization’s “Team Page” as part of an online fundraising campaign. Whichever organization’s page accumulated the greatest total by the conclusion of the campaign would be deemed the winner. The winning tree's campaign earnings would then be split evenly...

Annual CCHS ‘Parade of Trees’ Goes Virtual

Annual CCHS ‘Parade of Trees’ Goes Virtual

NORWICH, N.Y. – The Chenango County Historical Society (CCHS) invites all community members to experience the wonder of the season with the 2020 Virtual “Parade of Trees” from Dec. 6 through Jan. 6, 2021. Last year, CCHS added a unique twist to the annual “Parade of Trees,” transitioning the event into a “People’s Choice” contest. Local charitable organizations decorated trees highlighting the culture, history, and heritage of Chenango County. Visitors to CCHS then cast votes by making donations into the corresponding container. This approach generated renewed interest in a beloved holiday tradition, while simultaneously supporting CCHS and the White Store Church and Evergreen Cemetery – the organization behind the winning tree. This year, CCHS staff recognized that innovation and creative thinking are necessary to meet the challenges of the current public health crisis. “The pandemic has caused many organizations to rethink their normal programming and discover new ways to still...

CCHS Awarded Extended Funding from Humanities New York

CCHS Awarded Extended Funding from Humanities New York

NORWICH, N.Y. – The Chenango County Historical Society (CCHS) was recently notified that it will receive extended funding as part of the HNY CARES Emergency Relief Grants. Earlier this year, CCHS received funds during the original round of these grants, which were provided by the Cares Act and National Endowment for the Humanities to support organizations with a mission focused on the humanities. This funding is designed to be flexible, allowing organizations to use wherever necessary to support pandemic associated costs, adaptation of humanities programming, and covering personnel expenses. HNY reviewed 325 applications from a variety of institutions across the state, requesting a total of nearly $3 million in funding. Of those 325 applicants, roughly 60% were chosen for funding, resulting in nearly $1 million of CARES Act support to cultural non-profits throughout NY. The purpose of these awards was to help organizations stay vital in their communities by allowing them to retain...

County Museum Annual Meeting Goes Virtual on Nov. 19

County Museum Annual Meeting Goes Virtual on Nov. 19

NORWICH, N.Y. – To ensure community safety during the ongoing public health crisis, this year’s annual meeting of the Chenango County Historical Society (CCHS) will be held virtually on Thursday, Nov. 19. Also this year, the CCHS Board of Trustees will be elected via mail-in ballot only. Ballots are being mailed to each member household the first week of November. To ensure that all votes are counted, members are asked to complete and return the ballot in the envelope provided no later than noon on Nov. 17. (A postmark of Nov. 14 is suggested for timely delivery.) Three incumbent and one new candidate are up for consideration to each serve one 3-year term on the Board of Trustees. Luke Halberg, assistant branch manager at the New Berlin NBT Bank; Peter (Van) Mason, Town of Preston historian and retired educator; and Dan O’Reilly, project engineer at Principle Design Engineering, plan to continue their service to the organization. Trustee hopeful Laura Parker, principal law clerk to...

New CCHS Operations Manager Brings a “Unique Perspective”

New CCHS Operations Manager Brings a “Unique Perspective”

NORWICH, N.Y. – A passion for the arts, museums, and storytelling has guided the personal mission of the new operations manager at the Chenango County Historical Society (CCHS). Joseph Fryc joined CCHS on Oct. 1. He was born and raised in New York Mills, located on the outskirts of Utica. From a young age, Fryc has held an appreciation for the arts and storytelling. Fryc would frequent the Munson Williams Proctor Art Institute in Utica and the Farmer’s Museum in Cooperstown. Often, he would find himself imagining that he was being transported into the world of the artwork, or sent back in time to days long past. “Some of my fondest memories are of times I sat listening to older relatives speak about their life experiences, particularly when my grandfather would say what little he could about his work with the U.S. government. I enjoyed trying to feel as if I was present when the stories themselves were being written,” Fryc said. His love of working in museums kicked off during his...

Support CCHS During Boscov’s ‘Friends Helping Friends’ on Oct. 14 & 15

Support CCHS During Boscov’s ‘Friends Helping Friends’ on Oct. 14 & 15

NORWICH, N.Y. – The Chenango County Historical Society (CCHS) invites community members to participate in this year’s reimagined annual “Friends Helping Friends” event hosted by Boscov’s department store. With no tickets to purchase in advance this year, everyone is invited! To allow for social distancing and avoid crowds, the festivities have been expanded to two days. From 9 a.m. to 9 p.m. on Oct. 14 and 15, all shoppers will receive a 20 percent discount off the lowest sale prices. When shoppers select the Chenango County Historical Society from the list of participating organizations prior to checkout either in-store or online, Boscov’s will donate 5 percent of that total purchase to support operations at the museum, located at 45 Rexford St., Norwich. “We are always grateful for this annual fundraiser, and we really appreciate the modifications that Boscov’s has made to accommodate our current public health crisis,” said Jessica Moquin, CCHS executive director. “Shopping this...

Summer-At-Home Party Challenge Launched to Support County Museum

Summer-At-Home Party Challenge Launched to Support County Museum

NORWICH, N.Y. – In response to the on-going public health crisis, regular business hours at the Chenango County Historical Society (CCHS) have been paused since mid-March. As a result, CCHS has been using many digital and virtual resources to remain connected to the community. While there has been tremendous response to these digital initiatives, the organization faces significant financial challenges as a result of current circumstances. The primary organization dedicated to actively and comprehensively preserving the history of Chenango County, CCHS celebrates local culture – unique traditions, noteworthy residents, and unusual stories. CCHS recognizes that many who value the mission of the organization look forward to the Summer Barn Party, originally scheduled this season for July 31. In the spirit of this annual favorite, CCHS is instead hosting a virtual Summer-At-Home Party. The community is invited to celebrate the splendor of summer at home while financially supporting the...

CCHS Field Trip Experience Team Celebrates Success

CCHS Field Trip Experience Team Celebrates Success

NORWICH, N.Y. – The Chenango County Historical Society (CCHS) recently honored the individuals and organizations who supported school field trips during the 2019-2020 academic year. Thanks to a grant from the Chenango County Youth Philanthropy Council, second graders from all Chenango County public school districts had the opportunity to be immersed in programs designed to enhance school curricula with hands-on activities. Interactive sessions featured pre-history, Native American culture, pioneer living and westward expansion, Victorian influences, the discovery of electricity and its impact, a lesson in the Ross Schoolhouse, the role of the Chenango Canal, and the influence of local agriculture including a tour of the Loomis Barn exhibits. To celebrate a successful season, each member of the Field Trip Experience team was recently presented with a commemorative CCHS sun catcher crafted by the oldest glassworks in America, Pairpoint. Every piece was individually crafted in the...