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CCHS Celebrates Museum Store Sunday to Encourage Shopping Local

CCHS Celebrates Museum Store Sunday to Encourage Shopping Local

For the fifth consecutive year, more than 1,650 museum stores representing all 50 states and 24 countries will offer inspired shopping at cultural institutions during Museum Store Sunday on Nov. 28. In celebration of this annual initiative, the Museum Shop at the Chenango County Historical Society (CCHS) is joining museum stores worldwide with special hours from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. “We’re thrilled to celebrate Museum Store Sunday by offering merchandise for the whole family while encouraging our communities to shop local,” said Joseph Fryc, operations manager. “Museum Store Sunday provides patrons with opportunities to purchase unique merchandise while supporting our museum, which is still recovering from challenges related to the on-going public health crisis.” The CCHS Museum Shop offers a variety of gifts for the holiday season – from stocking stuffers to exclusive local merchandise – with all purchases supporting the organization’s mission. During Museum Store Sunday, special...

Virtual CCHS ‘Parade of Trees’ Returns

Virtual CCHS ‘Parade of Trees’ Returns

NORWICH, N.Y. – The Chenango County Historical Society (CCHS) invites all community members to experience the wonder of the season with the 2021 Virtual “Parade of Trees” from Dec. 6 through Jan. 6, 2022. In 2019, CCHS added a unique twist to its annual “Parade of Trees,” transitioning the event into a “People’s Choice” contest. Last year, in response to the ongoing public health crisis, the “Parade of Trees” went virtual, which provided an opportunity for much greater community interaction. During the “Parade of Trees,” local charitable organizations decorate evergreen trees highlighting the culture, history, and heritage of Chenango County. Over the past two years, this approach has generated renewed interest in a beloved holiday tradition, while simultaneously supporting CCHS and two other local organizations – White Store Church and Evergreen Cemetery, and the American Legion Auxiliary Unit 189 – the organizations behind the winning trees in 2019 and 2020, respectfully. Just like...

Ward School No. 2 celebration to be held during CCHS annual meeting

Ward School No. 2 celebration to be held during CCHS annual meeting

NORWICH, N.Y. – As the Chenango County Historical Society (CCHS) has worked to accomplish its mission over the years, the preservation of a specific community landmark has emerged. Ward School No. 2 was acquired by CCHS from the City of Norwich in 1958; renovations began immediately thereafter. Since reopening as a museum in 1962, Ward School No. 2 has been the home of CCHS for more than five decades. To honor this enduring legacy and the 125th anniversary (quasquicentennial) of Ward School No. 2, a celebration will be held beginning at 1:30 p.m. on Sunday, Nov. 21. The event combines the CCHS annual membership meeting and a commemoration of the organization’s flagship facility. Festivities include the debut of a documentary series featuring former Ward School No. 2 students as well as special birthday treats. During the annual meeting, the board of trustees will recommend approval of proposed changes to the CCHS by-laws when these revisions come before the full voting membership....

Search for the Grog Hollow Monster during a ‘Hike Through History’

Search for the Grog Hollow Monster during a ‘Hike Through History’

GUILFORD, N.Y. – The Chenango County Historical Society (CCHS) and the Coventry Museum Association (CMA) will host a “Hike Through History” on Oct. 30, with a special outdoor excursion themed for the spooky season. Beginning at 9 a.m., CMA Museum Director Kurt Riegel will guide an exploration of Wiley Brook State Forest in search of the “Grog Hollow Monster.” Formerly a large beaver pond, the Grog Hollow meadow area is now a valley fed by nearby streams in Wiley Brook State Forest, which is located on the eastern edge of the Oxford township along the border with the town of Guildford. Over the years, encounters with the “Grog Hollow Monster” have been chronicled in past issues of The Evening Sun, with contributor Bob McNitt having introduced the creature in a story around Halloween of 1979. A follow-up piece was printed in September of 1980, with Ted Como sharing several stories of creature encounters. Local Author and Naturalist Don Windsor recounted his experiences with the local...

Brown, Elsbree, & McNeil to be recognized on Chenango’s Heritage ‘Wall of Honor’

Brown, Elsbree, & McNeil to be recognized on Chenango’s Heritage ‘Wall of Honor’

NORWICH, N.Y. – Beginning at 3:30 p.m. on Oct. 9, the Chenango County Historical Society (CCCH) will host several commemorative programs in celebration of Path Through History weekend, including an exhibit opening featuring the art of Alice Hudson, as well as the semi-annual commemoration of Chenango’s Heritage “Wall of Honor.” Dale M. Brown, Nancy Elsbree, and Bernice Symonds McNeil will be recognized during a brief ceremony, during which their names will officially be added to the “Wall of Honor” plaque. In 2019, the Wall Street Journal’s Paul Freeman declared that Time-Life Author and Editor Dale M. Brown’s “American Cooking,” first published in 1968, endures as one of the five best books on American food. The first chapter celebrates the culinary heritage of South Otselic, immortalizing Brown’s great affection for the North Pitcher farmstead which has remained in his family for more than 200 years. In sharing childhood epicurean inspirations, Brown made the nation’s food...

Path Through History exhibit opening made possible by Follett Foundation

Path Through History exhibit opening made possible by Follett Foundation

NORWICH, N.Y. – The Chenango County Historical Society (CCHS) will host a special program on Oct. 9, with several activities planned in celebration of Path Through History weekend. Beginning at 3:30 p.m., the “Alice’s Wonderlands: The Art of Alice Hudson” exhibit will be unveiled. Discover the magic and whimsy of Alice Hudson through this dynamic retrospective on the life of a celebrated local artist whose work is now among the permanent collections at the Mingei International Museum in San Diego, Calif., and the Museum of the City of New York. This will be the first comprehensive show encompassing all of Hudson’s distinctive styles, including her inspirations and her influence as an arts educator, community member, and innovator. Generously funded by a grant from the Roger Follett Foundation, “Alice’s Wonderlands: The Art of Alice Hudson” shares the story of an artist ahead of her time. Curated by CCHS Operations Manager Joseph Fryc, this exhibit explores the narrative of an...

Support CCHS during Boscov’s ‘Friends Helping Friends’

Support CCHS during Boscov’s ‘Friends Helping Friends’

NORWICH, N.Y. – The Chenango County Historical Society (CCHS) invites community members to purchase a shopping pass for Boscov’s annual “Friends Helping Friends” event to be held on Oct. 20. Priced at just $5 each, 100 percent of the proceeds from passes sold by CCHS go directly to support operations at the museum, located at 45 Rexford St. “Friends Helping Friends” shopping passes are good for 25 percent off nearly all purchases made on Oct. 20. (Certain exclusions may apply; complete details are printed on the shopping pass.) “Friends Helping Friends” runs from 8 a.m. to 11 p.m. at all 45 Boscov’s locations in Connecticut, Delaware, Maryland, New Jersey, New York, Ohio and Pennsylvania. “Friends Helping Friends” shoppers are also eligible to win $100 Boscov’s Gift Cards at each store location. “We are always grateful for this annual fundraiser, and this unique partnership with Boscov’s is a win-win for everyone!” said Jessica Moquin, CCHS executive director. “Shopping pass holders...

CCHS seeks participants for ‘Ward School No. 2’ documentary

CCHS seeks participants for ‘Ward School No. 2’ documentary

NORWICH, N.Y. – The Chenango County Historical Society (CCHS) seeks interview subjects for a documentary to commemorate Ward School No. 2, which will celebrate its quasquicentennial – or 125th anniversary – on Nov. 21. In anticipation of this milestone anniversary, CCHS is focused on sharing the history of this regional landmark, which plays a vital role in accomplishing the organization’s mission. Ward School No. 2 was acquired by CCHS from the City of Norwich in 1958; renovations began immediately thereafter. Since reopening as a museum in 1962, Ward School No. 2 has been the home of CCHS for more than five decades. Thanks to a recent grant, CCHS has hired Steve Craig of Craig Creative Services to produce documentary-style video vignettes featuring interviews with former students of Ward School No. 2. Local company Craig Creative Services offers video acquisition, writing, post-production, podcasting, and other media services. “We are very grateful for the support allowing us to...

CCHS Plans Women’s Equality Day Celebration

CCHS Plans Women’s Equality Day Celebration

NORWICH, N.Y. – The Chenango County Historical Society (CCHS) and the Tri-County Chapter of New York State Women, Inc. will host a special program on Aug. 26. in celebration of Women’s Equality Day. The evening will honor the legacy of Belva Lockwood and her influence on female public servants in Chenango County. Beginning at 5 p.m., the Tri-County Chapter of New York State Women, Inc. will present brief vignettes on three noteworthy local women politicians who were pioneers of their time. Meta L. Cowles (1858-1935) of Greene was the first woman practitioner in the U.S. Court in this judicial district. Janet Hill Gordon (1915-1990) of Norwich became the first female elected to the New York State Assembly. She was also the first woman to give birth while serving in the State Legislature, and she was the second woman elected to the State Senate. Presiding Justice Elizabeth A. Garry of South New Berlin, first appointed in 2018 as the 16th presiding justice of the Third Department, was...

CCHS Announces Troicke Memorial Scholarship Recipients

CCHS Announces Troicke Memorial Scholarship Recipients

NORWICH, N.Y. – The Chenango County Historical Society (CCHS) recently honored two graduating high school seniors from Chenango County with the annual Elinor Robb Troicke Memorial Scholarship. Named in honor of McDonough community member Elinor Robb Troicke, the scholarship has been awarded every year since 2013. This year, the recipients are Amy Avolio of Norwich and Bailey Mizrahi of Sherburne. Avolio, a graduate from Unadilla Valley Central School, plans to study Film and Animation at Rochester Institute of Technology. Mizrahi, an alum of Sherburne-Earlville High School, intends to major in Early Childhood Education with a minor in coaching at SUNY Cortland. During her time at Unadilla Valley, Avolio was actively involved in both band and chorus, being selected to perform several times in NYSSMA “All-County” festivals, as well the UVCS Drama Club and the National Honor Society. With a life-long appreciation for the arts, Avolio hopes to make an impact through animation. “Looking...