Esperance Historical Museum

Esperance Historical Museum The Esperance Historical Society meets twice a year with special programs in the Spring and Fall. Check our page for upcoming events.
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Open Weekends Memorial Day-Labor Day, FREE

Open with service changes

Thanks to Pat Eaton for coordinating Esperance’s first Little Free Library located in the Esperance Village Park on Chur...
07/25/2020

Thanks to Pat Eaton for coordinating Esperance’s first Little Free Library located in the Esperance Village Park on Church Street. The library was dedicated today with a ribbon cutting by Mayor Johnston.

50 Years ago the Esperance Museum opened on June 20th, we photographed the same scenes today! Thank you to former Espera...
06/26/2020

50 Years ago the Esperance Museum opened on June 20th, we photographed the same scenes today! Thank you to former Esperance Mayor Lawrence Rockwell and volunteer Beverly (Jones) Schilling. Both Bev and Larry attended the Esperance Village School now the Museum. Pictured with Larry in 1970 are Past Soc. Pres. Dorothy R. Edwards and Town Historian and Justice Archie C. Montanye. Archie originated the idea of forming the Museum after the School closed in 1968. Pictured with Bev in 1970 was Bertha Cornell. I remember going to Bertha's house to drop off baked goods from my mother for the Cobleskill Hospital Auxiliary bakesale.

06/24/2020

We are opening July 4 and in accordance with NYS guidelines will be practicing safe social distancing, adhering to mandatory hygiene procedures
and requiring visitors to wear a mask.

Old Stone Fort Museum & Schoharie County Historical Society
06/22/2020

Old Stone Fort Museum & Schoharie County Historical Society

Spotlight on Esperance, NY - Schoharie County is made up of 16 unique and individual towns, each with their own distinctive histories. As a way to highlight the beauty, traditions, innovations, ingenuity and richness of those histories, we will be featuring a different Schoharie County town each week, sharing photos, useful information and more.

This week, we are taking a closer look at the town of Esperance with the help of town historian Kenneth Jones and the Esperance Historical Museum!

The Town of Esperance was originally a part of the Town of Schoharie. The earliest European settlement was at Kniskern’s Dorf, a land patent purchased in 1729 near the junction of the Cobleskill and Schoharie Creeks. Artifacts left behind by Native Americans go back thousands of years. These are usually found where small feeder streams flow into the Schoharie.

Learn more, view photos and find useful resources for the town of Esperance at https://theoldstonefort.org/town-of-esperance/

#SpotlightOnSchoharieCounty #SchoharieCountyShowAndTell

Hannaford in Esperance/Duanesburg is celebrating its 10th Anniversary 🎂 with a 500. Donation to the Esperance Historical...
06/16/2020

Hannaford in Esperance/Duanesburg is celebrating its 10th Anniversary 🎂 with a 500. Donation to the Esperance Historical Society and Museum. Thanks Joel Riley store manager for thinking of us!

We remember those men and women who helped win WWII 75 years ago in 1945, some women worked in the factories to replace ...
05/21/2020

We remember those men and women who helped win WWII 75 years ago in 1945, some women worked in the factories to replace the men who were serving in active duty. Ramona (Rockwell) Feuz also learned how to drive the Esperance Fire Truck in case they were short of a driver. Ramona was a charter member and active supporter of the Esperance Museum until her passing this year at the age of 99.

Duanesburg Historical Society
05/08/2020

Duanesburg Historical Society

V is for Victory +75 Years

On Giving Tuesday our volunteers have been busy in a social distancing way gaining storage and workroom space by moving ...
05/05/2020

On Giving Tuesday our volunteers have been busy in a social distancing way gaining storage and workroom space by moving items to the newly donated storage shed and planting a sugar maple to replace a shade tree near the Gazebo on the Village Commons. While our fund raisers are cancelled until further notice we appreciate any financial support you can give during this difficult time.

1955 SCS Yearbook
04/02/2020

1955 SCS Yearbook

04/01/2020
50th Anniversary Slide Show w/music background from Porter Disc Player

The Esperance Village Schoolhouse closed in 1968 and in 1970 opened as the Esperance Historical Museum. Gen. North gave the land for the Villalge Commons in 1820 and he and Isaac Hall Tiffany donated a used bell bearing the date 1738 to the first village schoolhouse built in 1814. The current Schoolhouse was built in 1878.

Photos from Esperance Historical Museum's post
04/01/2020

Photos from Esperance Historical Museum's post

Esperance Historical Museum's cover photo
04/01/2020

Esperance Historical Museum's cover photo

Rick Christman just installed and created a new storage shelf for the Museum, thanks Rick and all those who donated rece...
01/16/2020

Rick Christman just installed and created a new storage shelf for the Museum, thanks Rick and all those who donated recently to the Museum to pay for this project!

12/30/2019

Thanks to a generous donation by Charter Member Ramona Feuz we have a new storage building made by the Amish, it was installed today in spite of an ice storm. Pictured is Kirt Feuz volunteer property and grounds manager at the Esperance Historical Museum. We have always had a need for more storage and now we will be able to increase our climate controlled storage area inside the Museum by moving some large items into the new storage building.The next project is creating necessary shelving in the Museum. Donations are appreciated!

Christmas in Esperance December 14th thanks to Sandy Farah, Andrea Oliver, Karen Bruhn, Laurel Berbach and the Book Budd...
12/15/2019

Christmas in Esperance December 14th thanks to Sandy Farah, Andrea Oliver, Karen Bruhn, Laurel Berbach and the Book Buddies for a wonderful and creative display!

Celebrating the 50th Anniversary of the Esperance Historical Society Fall 2019 Meeting
11/24/2019

Celebrating the 50th Anniversary of the Esperance Historical Society Fall 2019 Meeting

Richard
11/06/2019

Richard

Richard and Judith (Flint) Sherman wedding. 18th Century style.

The Genealogist's Inkwell
08/02/2019

The Genealogist's Inkwell

And so we toil past midnight. Drink endless cups of coffee.

The Esperance Historical Society “What is it?” booth at the Schoharie Lily Park Festival today. All types of people youn...
07/14/2019

The Esperance Historical Society “What is it?” booth at the Schoharie Lily Park Festival today. All types of people young and old appeared to enjoy playing the game.

Esperance Museum
04/01/2019

Esperance Museum

This year marks the 40th year of Skylab’s descent back to Earth and its impact on the Esperance region. Skylab crashing back to Earth is one of our most memorable events for our community that has a significant international connection.

To recognise this anniversary, the Esperance Museum is hosting a program of activities in the lead up to the anniversary on 12 July for the community to get involved in. Watch this space......

Starting February 1st and for the entire month of February, when you pick up the Hannaford Community Bag at the Hannafor...
02/12/2019

Starting February 1st and for the entire month of February, when you pick up the Hannaford Community Bag at the Hannaford store located at Esperance/Duanesburg, we receive $1! Help support the Esperance Historical Museum and purchase the Community Bag!
Visit hannaford.bags4mycause.com for details!

Esperance Historical Museum's cover photo
01/07/2019

Esperance Historical Museum's cover photo

Come see the wonderful Christmas Exhibits and pick up some gifts! Dec. 8, 10-4 Did I say Free Cookies?
11/16/2018

Come see the wonderful Christmas Exhibits and pick up some gifts! Dec. 8, 10-4 Did I say Free Cookies?

Esperance Historical Museum's cover photo
11/10/2018

Esperance Historical Museum's cover photo

Save the Date December 8th
11/10/2018

Save the Date December 8th

Esperance Community Pride.
10/19/2018

Esperance Community Pride.

Volunteers Needed

& Save the Date for the 2nd Annual Christmas in Esperance Celebration December 8th!
Details to follow soon.

The Esperance Historical Society will have a tent there, stop on by!
09/29/2018

The Esperance Historical Society will have a tent there, stop on by!

The History Fair is coming!
Take a trip through history on Saturday, October 6 from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. and Sunday, October 7 from 12 noon to 5 p.m.as the Old Stone Fort History Fair returns with programs, exhibits and immersive experiences spanning the centuries and celebrating the people, places, and events that helped shape our past.
Throughout the two day event, military and civilian re-enactors will fill the museum grounds interpreting time periods from early settlement through the 20th Century. Visitors will be able to walk the historic timeline and take in the sights, smells and sounds of days gone by as collectors and restorers share their passion and expertise and artisans demonstrate the skills of long ago.
The Golden Fleece Spinners and weavers will demonstrate textile arts and local historical societies and organizations will highlight Schoharie County’s history throughout its hills and valleys.
Movie buffs can take part in the Old Stone Fort’s first mini-film festival, featuring a rotating selection of historical films in the Badgley Annex, including the first reel of the first film shown at the Schoharie Free Street Movies in 1917, 'The Awakening of Helena Richie'. While in the Badgley Annex, they can also check out Victrola DJ Jill Sutton spinning old time tunes on vintage phonograph machines.
Children and families will enjoy the one-room Oliver Schoolhouse and 18th century toys, games and crafts. Musical performances will span the centuries and include early jazz by the Nisky Dixie Cats and a song-filled trip through the 1800s with banjoist Tom Smith on Saturday and folk songs by the Lost Radio Rounders on Sunday.
Performer J.D. Winslow will demonstrate Roman horseback riding and wow the crowd with his vaulting and stunts. Historian Cliff Mealy will portray the life Vince Taylor, who served with Medal of Honor winner Henry Johnson in the African-American 139th Infantry Regiment in World War I, known as the Harlem Hellfighters.
Vehicle enthusiasts can examine restored antique cars, trucks and snowmobiles while military vehicles roar around the battlefield. A crowd favorite is always the chance to go for a ride on an actual tank! Those looking for a more tame riding experience can enjoy horse-drawn wagon rides on Sunday afternoon between Lily Park and the museum grounds.
Event goers will even be able to learn about the process of beer making and how it evolved from the 1700s to today at the Green Wolf Brewery tent, then sample some of their 1700s style beer “Fort Defyance.”
Admission is $10 for adults. Students ages 17 and under are admitted free when accompanied by an adult. On-site parking is also free. The Old Stone Fort Museum Complex is located at 145 Fort Road in Schoharie, NY. For more information, contact the museum at (518) 295-7192 on the website at theoldstonefort.org or on Facebook at facebook.com/oldstonefort.

Visit Schoharie County
09/25/2018
Visit Schoharie County

Visit Schoharie County

The Blenheim Bridge will be featured on PBS. Air date, 10/3/2018

"Follow the race to rebuild the Old Blenheim Bridge in New York State, an icon of 19th century American engineering, destroyed by Hurricane Irene in 2011. Watch a team of elite craftsmen faithfully reproduce the massive, intricate wooden structure under grueling time pressure as flooding threatens their worksite. In China, witness craftsmen restoring thousand-year-old covered bridges based on ingenious frameworks of woven timber beams."

Lunch stop for Braking Aids Ride fundraiser riding bikes from Cooperstown to NYC , 100 cyclists. We posed three to compa...
09/14/2018

Lunch stop for Braking Aids Ride fundraiser riding bikes from Cooperstown to NYC , 100 cyclists. We posed three to compare 1893 style bike riders with the same Esperance location today.

Our neighbors to the north, the Town of Charleston dedicated a historic marker to note their 225th Anniversary. Congratu...
08/22/2018

Our neighbors to the north, the Town of Charleston dedicated a historic marker to note their 225th Anniversary. Congratulations!🎊🎉

Dedication and Ribbon cutting at the new Duanesburg Historical Society Archives Building. Congratulations Duanesburg! 🎉🎊
08/21/2018

Dedication and Ribbon cutting at the new Duanesburg Historical Society Archives Building. Congratulations Duanesburg! 🎉🎊

Birthplace of Esperance Village Founder General William North, Fort Frederick, New Harbor, ME. His likeness hangs in the...
08/17/2018

Birthplace of Esperance Village Founder General William North, Fort Frederick, New Harbor, ME. His likeness hangs in the Fort house noting he was the first birth at the Fort, the last of three forts built here. His father John was in charge of the Fort in 1755. A plaque on the Fort is dedicated to John and his sons including William North.

Esperance Bicentennial July 14, 2018
07/17/2018

Esperance Bicentennial July 14, 2018

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Richard and Judith (Flint) Sherman wedding. 18th Century style.
Dear Esperance Historical Museum, My name is Stephen Howe. I am an associate professor of historical linguistics in Japan but was born in England. I am researching special words for “no” and “yes” in New York State. Colonists from the East of England, where I grew up, may have brought "dow" and "jess" to the Northeast in the seventeenth century. Four hundred years later, these special words still survive. Gerald E. Lewis gives an example of "daow" in How to Talk Yankee: Did you get your deer yet? Daow, I can’t even see one. And an informant from New Hampshire gives an example of "jearse" or "jess": Hey, have you seen where the muffin tins went? Hmmmm, jearse, in the oven I think. In the East of England, we still use "dow" and "jearse" today. However, these words for “no” and “yes” are not recorded in the Oxford English Dictionary or the Survey of English Dialects. Nor were they recorded by the Linguistic Atlas of New England; but the Dictionary of American Regional English cites daow, daowd, dow, doh or day-oh in Maine, Vermont, Massachusetts and Rhode Island as well as New York State. There is also daow in New Hampshire. For “jearse" or "jess,” informants in my survey cited jass in Upstate New York and possibly Vermont, jearse in New Hampshire, and jyes or djess in Maine and Massachusetts. I am writing a book on "jess" and "dow" and would like to ask if you know or remember these words? I would be most grateful for any information you may have. I have more information about my research plus a survey that you can take online at http://yesandno.info/ Yours sincerely, Stephen Howe ============================================= Dr Stephen HOWE Associate Professor Department of English and Graduate School Fukuoka University Japan Website: http://yesandno.info/ =============================================
I love the new cookbook! Recipes, photos and history lesson..... all excellent. Congratulations to the team, well done.