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County Museum Plans Path Through History Celebration

County Museum Plans Path Through History Celebration

NORWICH, N.Y. – The Chenango County Historical Society (CCHS) will be open to host a special program on June 19, with several activities planned in celebration of Path Through History Weekend. Beginning at 3:30 p.m., the “David Maydole: An ‘Adz’ Eye for Innovation” exhibition will be unveiled. Celebrating the remarkable legacy of the Oxford blacksmith whose hammer redesign forever changed toolboxes, this unique exhibit is located both inside and outside of the James S. Flanagan Research Center, located on the CCHS campus at 43 Rexford St. Maydole’s adz-eye hammer – featuring a wooden handle that fit into the hammer’s blade – was significantly safer than previous versions of the tool. Having resolved the worry of a hammer head “flying off the handle,” Maydole became the largest hammer manufacturer in the U.S. Even after his death in 1892, the various businesses which occupied the Maydole Hammer Factory structure continued to innovate with a variety of new product lines – including ice...

CCHS seeks submissions for annual journal

CCHS seeks submissions for annual journal

NORWICH, N.Y. – The Chenango County Historical Society (CCHS) is currently accepting submissions for the 2021 issue of the Journal of the Chenango County Historical Society. While all stories related to Chenango County heritage are welcome – especially those that are not already well-known – topics of particular interest include military history, prominent women, prohibition stories, and unique faith perspectives such as the Mormon or Jewish communities. “There are amazing stories related to our local communities just waiting to be revealed,” said Jessica Moquin, CCHS executive director. “It is our goal to find these ‘hidden gems’ so that everyone has the opportunity to read and appreciate them.” The Journal of the Chenango County Historical Society, which debuted in the summer of 2012, is an annual CCHS publication featuring a wide variety of scholarly articles highlighting the unique history of Chenango County. Previous topics range from “The Mysterious Disappearance of Mr. Elwood...

CCHS Receives Funding from Stewart’s Holiday Match Program

CCHS Receives Funding from Stewart’s Holiday Match Program

NORWICH, N.Y. – The Chenango County Historical Society (CCHS) was recently awarded a donation by the Stewart’s Holiday Match program totaling $750. Funds will go directly to support activities designed to share local history with children and families. In addition to hosting both virtual initiatives and in-person activities, CCHS is collaborating with other community organizations to expand youth programming. Look for family-friendly activities featuring Chenango County history during upcoming local events, including the Chenango Child Advocacy Center’s Hope for Healing 5K in April, June’s Dairy Day Celebration at the Chenango County Fairgrounds, and Saturdays in the Park this fall. “Thanks to the generosity of programs like the Holiday Match, our organization has a very promising future,” said Jessica Moquin, CCHS executive director. “Being a recipient of support from Stewart’s Shops is inspiring! This gift ensures the development of child-friendly and family-focused programs in...

Ward School No. 2 assessment supported by Preservation League of NY

Ward School No. 2 assessment supported by Preservation League of NY

NORWICH, N.Y. – In anticipation of Ward School No. 2’s quasquicentennial (125th anniversary) later this year, the Chenango County Historical Society (CCHS) has been given a Technical Assistance Grant (TAG) to help fund an assessment of the historic structure. Awarded by the Preservation League of New York State and its program partners, the grant supports a Limited Building Condition Assessment currently being conducted by The Chazen Companies. “We are incredibly grateful to the Preservation League and its partnering organizations for this grant!” said Joseph Fryc, CCHS operations manager. “The building condition assessment of Ward School No. 2 is a project that has been on our radar for quite some time, and with these funds we can finally take the critical first step in giving the building the love it deserves.” Through this process, CCHS aims to better understand the long-term preservation needs of the facility, ensuring that the historic site remains the home of the organization...

CCHS Celebrates Worldwide Quilting Day and Women’s History Month

CCHS Celebrates Worldwide Quilting Day and Women’s History Month

NORWICH, N.Y. – The Chenango County Historical Society (CCHS) resumes Community Gallery visits with special hours to celebrate Worldwide Quilting Day on March 20. The Community Gallery will feature the “Quilts of Chenango” exhibit, developed in collaboration with the Chenango Piecemakers and the Greene Historical Society. Twenty-minute appointments for up to six members of the same household are available from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Appointments must be made by calling (607) 334-9227 no later than 4 p.m. March 19. All visitors must follow standard contact-tracing, mask-wearing, and social-distancing guidelines. This Community Gallery exhibition – displaying both antique and contemporary quilts – includes more than a century of textile artistry and honors the creative pursuits of local women, while acknowledging the evolution of quilting from a domestic necessity to a means of artistic expression. “This is a wonderful opportunity for visitors to come and see some really astonishing works...

Virtual “Women’s History Month” Exhibit Made Possible by Follett Foundation

Virtual “Women’s History Month” Exhibit Made Possible by Follett Foundation

NORWICH, N.Y. – To commemorate Women’s History Month, the Chenango County Historical Society (CCHS) has launched a virtual exhibit highlighting the accomplishments of 21 women, one from each of the towns in Chenango County. “Women of Chenango County” launched on March 1 and continues throughout this month. Generously funded by a grant from the Roger Follett Foundation, “Women of Chenango County” is the culmination of research conducted over the course of two semesters. Curated by CCHS Intern Marie Moren, the exhibit explores the narratives of local women whose impact on history may not be widely known. “Thanks to the generosity of the Follett Foundation, we are able to share these amazing stories of Chenango County women who left an indelible mark on our communities,” said Jessica Moquin, CCHS executive director. “Support for programs like this ensures that we are able to continue preserving and celebrating our cultural heritage even in the midst of the unusual circumstances we find...

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...