The Chenango County Historical Society (CCHS) will again participate in the semiannual state-wide festivities known as Path Through History Weekend on June 18. As part of the celebration, the museum is hosting special open hours from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. that day.
The 11th issue of the Journal of the Chenango County Historical Society will make its debut in the Museum Shop during this time. The publication, a CCHS tradition since the summer of 2012, features a wide variety of scholarly articles highlighting the unique history of Chenango County. Topics in this year’s issue include “Roy Rogers, King of the Cowboys and the Norwich Knitting Mill” and “Every Bride Needs to Carry a Handkerchief,” among many others.
Around 11 a.m., food truck “Kandi’s Kitchen” will begin serving from the parking lot at 41 Rexford Street so that visitors can enjoy a picnic lunch in the Miller Pavilion on the CCHS campus.
Beginning at 2:30 p.m., the “Signs of the Times: Flavors of Yesterday” exhibition will be unveiled in the Loomis Barn. Local historian John Antonowicz, who has collected vintage Chenango County signs for decades, is partnering with CCHS for an exhibit featuring advertising ephemera related to local grocery stores and restaurants.
“We are grateful for this opportunity to collaborate with John, whose extensive local history collection is well-known throughout the region,” said Jessica Moquin, CCHS executive director. “These large vintage storefront signs, along with historic promotional material and related artifacts, will offer guests a taste of culinary nostalgia.”
Immediately following this exhibit opening, join the CCHS for an awards presentation when the Elinor Robb Troicke Memorial Scholarship will be awarded to two graduating high school seniors from Chenango County: Taylor Smith from Oxford Academy High School plans to study childhood education at the College of Saint Rose; Greene Central High School’s Cora-Mae Bolster is enrolling at Hartwick College to pursue a degree in Theater Arts.
At the conclusion of the scholarship ceremony, the newest members of Chenango’s Heritage “Wall of Honor” will be revealed. The “Wall of Honor” is a meaningful way to recognize someone and a thoughtful way to support the mission of CCHS. A donation is made in honor of a recognized individual, and their name is then displayed on the “Wall of Honor” inside the main entrance of Ward School No. 2.
First established in 1939, CCHS is the primary organization dedicated to actively and comprehensively preserving the history of Chenango County. The area’s premier heritage museum, the organization celebrates local culture – unique traditions, noteworthy residents, and unusual stories of the region. CCHS programs are made possible by the New York State Council on the Arts with the support of the Office of the Governor and the New York State Legislature.
During Path Through History Weekends, special events are held to highlight historically and culturally significant sites, and offer new perspectives on New York State’s heritage. For more information, visit www.ChenangoHistorical.org or call (607) 334-9227, ext. 2.