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.

Open Weekends Memorial Day-Labor Day, FREE

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!🎊🎉

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

Bryan Farr Pres. Historic Route 20 Association Speaking at the Esperance Historical Society Program on US 20 history.
07/01/2018

Bryan Farr Pres. Historic Route 20 Association Speaking at the Esperance Historical Society Program on US 20 history.

Our new sign thanks to all who made it possible!
06/29/2018

Our new sign thanks to all who made it possible!

Esperance Community Pride.
05/26/2018

Esperance Community Pride.

Rain or Shine... see you there!

Audubon Society of the Capital Region
05/21/2018

Audubon Society of the Capital Region

This a GREAT year to support the Village of Esperance Bicentennial Celebration! Mark your calendars for July 14th to take a beautiful drive out US Route 20 and partake in all the festivities. Donations to make it a really special event are being accepted. Congratulations Esperance!

Village of Esperance and Fire Department 200 years old Today!
04/21/2018

Village of Esperance and Fire Department 200 years old Today!

12/23/2017
Village of Esperance Bicentennial Celebration

Village of Esperance Bicentennial Celebration

Take your deposit bottles and cans to the Duanesburg Redemption Center on US20 and you can choose to donate the deposit money to the Esperance Bicentennial Committee. Thanks!

10/29/2017
Historic Route 20

Esperance Witch Legend Sign Dedication

Today we were at the dedication for the new New York Folklore Society sign in Esperance , New York for the Esperance Witch. Presented by the Esperance Historical Museum the new signs is along Schoharie Creek on the east side of the village along Historic Route 20. At this same site stood an impressive covered bridge.

The Esperance Witch was said to have been a French imigrant whose husband had died, she did not speak English. The townspeople thought she puts spells on children, rang milk out of dishcloths and walked on water across the creek. She was shot with a silver bullet!

To learn more, it is encouraged that you visit the Museum as it is top notch amongst small town museums. You will not be sorry.

Schoharie County Youth Bureau on a visit to the Esperance Historical Museum
08/27/2017

Schoharie County Youth Bureau on a visit to the Esperance Historical Museum

Historic Route 20
06/09/2017

Historic Route 20

We are looking for stories of Route 20. What is unique about where you live? Is there an interesting story that has been passed down? What would you tell travelers about where you live? What about a local business? We want to compile more stories for a future travel guide.

Example: Did you know the town of Esperance NY had a witch in the 1800s?

Grand Opening June Wedding Gown Exhibit
05/30/2017

Grand Opening June Wedding Gown Exhibit

Nathan Devey of CA and Talya Hunt of AZ volunteers with NCCC help scrape and paint the Gus LaMonica Carraige  Barn on so...
04/16/2017

Nathan Devey of CA and Talya Hunt of AZ volunteers with NCCC help scrape and paint the Gus LaMonica Carraige Barn on some cold and windy days this week. Thanks also to volunteer Mo Felton of Myrlte Beach, SC and SALT for helping us with this project!

Ellie Shoup from Boise Idaho! One of our NCCC volunteers. Wednesday-Thursday two more coming to help paint from 8:30-3:3...
04/11/2017

Ellie Shoup from Boise Idaho! One of our NCCC volunteers. Wednesday-Thursday two more coming to help paint from 8:30-3:30 feel free to join us. Thank you Ellie and SALT for coordinating the volunteers from NCCC.

04/03/2017

By Donations at the Door

March 12th Meeting and Pancake Supper @2 Saps Sap House Dr. Slater speaks on Bees
03/12/2017

March 12th Meeting and Pancake Supper @2 Saps Sap House Dr. Slater speaks on Bees

10/15/2016

Schoharie Creek Flood Control Plan Discarded; Make Recommendations WASHINGTON—The board of army engineers reported to the House flood control committee Tuesday extensive federal flood control works in Schoharie creek in upstate New York were impracticable and a survey was not warranted. The engineers recommended instead a highway program providing for adequate protection for bridges and high-ways against scour and where needed enlarged bridge openings to give adequate channel capacities. The report said soil stabilization methods appeared to be the only fruitful federal means whereby future flood damages in this area might be rescued. The report on a preliminary ex-amination was authorized in the flood control set of 1936 after local interests in Greene and Schoharie counties urged protective works in the area. Major General Julian L. Schley, chief of engineers, said although flood damage in the Schoharie creek area averages $26,800 annually, the district engineer concluded "effective and permanent control works are not economically warranted at this time." He estimated 65 per cent of the flood damage could be eliminated by adequate protection of bridges and high-ways which he said could be undertaken as part of a highway maintenance program. Schoharie creek rises in the Catskill mountains and General Schley said in his report "floods affect the extensive summer resort business through interruption of communications and loss of trade." Schoharie reservoir, one of the sources of water supply for New York City, the general added, "has an important effect in reducing the magnitude and frequency of floods." In the upper Schoharie basin, he said, local cloudbursts were the most frequent cause of floods. 3/31/1938 Schoharie Republican

Too bad we didn't get a better General in 1938!

What is it? Tent at the Old Stone Fort History Fair, winner Ruth Snyder with 26 out of 30 correct, she wins a T-shirt an...
10/04/2016

What is it? Tent at the Old Stone Fort History Fair, winner Ruth Snyder with 26 out of 30 correct, she wins a T-shirt and Atlas

My friend Merle Doud of Waterford enjoying a tour of the WWII exhibit today at the Esperance Museum, he is an Army Air C...
10/02/2016

My friend Merle Doud of Waterford enjoying a tour of the WWII exhibit today at the Esperance Museum, he is an Army Air Corps , Signal Corps veteran of WWII served in England

Esperance Historical Museum
09/30/2016

Esperance Historical Museum

Visitor to the Esperance Museum wanted to know about the Fish skulls outside the Esperance Museum

Visitor to the Esperance Museum wanted to know about the Fish skulls outside the Esperance Museum
09/30/2016

Visitor to the Esperance Museum wanted to know about the Fish skulls outside the Esperance Museum

Esperance Historical Society
09/19/2016

Esperance Historical Society

07/20/2016

Reminder! Before the end of the month, please visit the Hannaford store located at 11140 Western Turnpike Esperance NY , head straight for the reusable bag rack and grab a few of the blue bags with the good karma message!
Thank you for supporting
Esperance Historical Society and the environment!

WWII Veteran Don Holmes and Museum Curator Sandy Farah after his WWII program at the Museum
07/12/2016

WWII Veteran Don Holmes and Museum Curator Sandy Farah after his WWII program at the Museum

06/20/2016

Hannaford helps Reusable Bag Program

Esperance Historical Museum
05/27/2016

Esperance Historical Museum

New Exhibit for 2016 at the Esperance Museum Opens Memorial Day 11-4 FREE

New Exhibit for 2016 at the Esperance Museum Opens Memorial Day 11-4 FREE
05/27/2016

New Exhibit for 2016 at the Esperance Museum Opens Memorial Day 11-4 FREE

Esperance Historical Museum's cover photo
05/27/2016

Esperance Historical Museum's cover photo

1933-1936
11/20/2015

1933-1936

Former Students Ruth Ann Conklin and Brother John Hendrickson visiting from Missouri
11/03/2015

Former Students Ruth Ann Conklin and Brother John Hendrickson visiting from Missouri

Rosemary Carlton (in jacket) former Curator of the Sheldon Jackson, Museum of Sitka, Alaska with Kara Knox both visiting...
10/16/2015

Rosemary Carlton (in jacket) former Curator of the Sheldon Jackson, Museum of Sitka, Alaska with Kara Knox both visiting from Sitka to see the historic sites and places surrounding the life of Sheldon Jackson a famous Presbyterian Minister and promoter of Alaska. Rev. Sheldon Jackson built the museum in Sitka, Alaska in 1895 one of the first concrete structures there, a unique octagon building housing native american artifacts he collected in his US missionary travels. The College also named for him has re-opened as the Sitka Fine Arts Camp, a real success story and the campus structures are being renovated. Sitka is the old Russian capital of Alaska. Dr. Jackson attended the Esperance Presbyterian Church while living here and in Minaville leaving to attend Union College and Princeton from where he started his missionary work establishing scores of churches in the mid west. His name at one time was given to the College at Sitka and one in Salt Lake City, Utah. He is buried in the Chuctanunda Cemetery in Minaville, NY.

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Esperance, NY
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