Montgomery County -NY Department of History & Archives

Montgomery County -NY Department of History & Archives The Montgomery County Dept of History & Archives, formed in 1934, is a genealogical & local history research library with voluminous records available.
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As someone once stated ,"the Montgomery County Department of History & Archives is internationally reknowned for the archival collection it maintains and the accuracy of the research it is willing to undertake within that collection." The Department of History & Archives has three areas that serve as its principal functions: (1) local history/genealogy library, (2) archives, and (3) records management. · Serves as local history resource for County residents, public historians, media, and patrons researching family history -- average 1700 visitors annually from all over the world · Conducting historical / genealogical research from queries (i.e. written requests, email, telephone, etc.) · Cataloging & preservation of items of historical significance to Montgomery County including thousands of original county court records dating back to 1700s · Maintains physical and intellectual control (storage, inventory & prepare for destruction after recommended retention period) over 2,300 cubic feet of inactive records created by various County departments · Educates public on events in county that impacted culture / society / industry / transportation / education, etc.

Mission: To store, manage, preserve and make available to the public, those records with enduring historical or other value (administrative, fiscal or legal) to Montgomery and Tryon Counties, and to dispose of obsolete records.

Arkell Museum at Canajoharie
05/01/2020

Arkell Museum at Canajoharie

Sliced, jarred, and vacuumed sealed for freshness, Beech-Nut Packing Co. sliced bacon brought a taste of the farm to people living in cities. Introduced in the early 1900s, before widespread refrigeration, jarred bacon was one of the first real commercial successes for the fledgling packing company.
#BeechNut #BeechNutPackingCo #Canajoharie #MontgomeryCountyNY

Extra Edition - 4/Matt Ossenfort/Wednesday, April 22, 2020
05/01/2020
Extra Edition - 4/Matt Ossenfort/Wednesday, April 22, 2020

Extra Edition - 4/Matt Ossenfort/Wednesday, April 22, 2020

Wednesday, April 22, 2019--The guest on Historians Podcast Extra Edition #4 is Montgomery County Executive Matt Ossenfort. In an interview recorded Wednesday, April 22, 2020 Ossenfort has timely info

Erie Canal Museum
05/01/2020

Erie Canal Museum

#ThrowbackThursday Here's an unmailed postcard showing the barge "E. Thurston" and other canal boats moving between locks 29-30 on the Erie Canal in Fort Hunter, Montgomery County, New York. This item is from the Madden collection of the Canal Society of New York State collection. Navigation on the waterway will start again soon, we hope!

The Fort Plain Museum
05/01/2020

The Fort Plain Museum

More books have been added! This is a great way to support the museum! Please click the link: https://fortplainmuseum.square.site

If you don’t see what you want, please ask, we may have it or may be able to get it for you.

Montgomery County Business Development Center
05/01/2020

Montgomery County Business Development Center

Listed on the National Register of Historic Places - NPS, the United States Post Office (St. Johnsville, New York) was designed and constructed by the Office of the Supervising Architect of the Treasury Department under Louis A. Simon in 1936, making it another great example of #MontgomeryCharacter. Inside the Post Office features a 1940 mural by Jirayr H. Zorthian (1911-2004) titled "Early St. Johnsville Pioneers." #MadeOfSomethingStronger

1747 Nellis Tavern
05/01/2020

1747 Nellis Tavern

We started cleaning the gardens at the Tavern today. The daffodils and tulips will be blooming soon.
The rhubarb is coming along nicely as are the Nellis pear trees.
Which brings us to another note. The 24th annual Rhubarb Festival (6/7/2020) will NOT be held this year because of the virus stay at home ruling.
Perhaps we will be able to open for tours in July but we will have to wait and see. Stay healthy!

The Fort Plain Museum
05/01/2020

The Fort Plain Museum

PLEASE NOTE THE DATE CHANGE TO SEPTEMBER 10-13, 2020

http://www.fortplainmuseum.com/conference

Thank you to the Journal of the American Revolution for their continued support!

Arkell Museum at Canajoharie
05/01/2020

Arkell Museum at Canajoharie

The story of Beech-Nut began in Palatine Bridge, NY. There, in the later part of the 19th century, a local farmer named Lipe produced a particularly delicious smoked ham that everyone in the region enjoyed. The demand for this ham led the farmer's sons to open the Imperial Packing Company which would be come Beech-Nut Packing Co. in 1899.
Beech-Nut Packing Co. would continue to produce hams for decades - even after expanding their product lines to a wide variety of products.
#BeechNut #History #MontgomeryCountyNY #Canajoharie

When A Flu Reined In New York
05/01/2020
When A Flu Reined In New York

When A Flu Reined In New York

As we New Yorkers endure the COVID-19 pandemic, the natural question for historians is: how did people react to epidemics in the past? By now you may be aware of the 1918 influenza pandemic, which …

Schoharie Crossing State Historic Site
05/01/2020

Schoharie Crossing State Historic Site

#WhereIsItWednesday - We haven't done one of these in a while so, let's give it a go! Do you know where this is?
Leave your answer in the comment section below and we'll reveal the location tomorrow!

05/01/2020

In Montgomery County's history:

On April 30th 1829, the Village of Canajoharie was incorporated.

Old Fort Johnson National Historic Landmark
04/21/2020

Old Fort Johnson National Historic Landmark

If you’ve ever visited our gardens here at the Old Fort, perhaps you’ve noticed our orange trees growing in pots and set out among the perennials.
In the fall we bring them indoors where Scott carefully tends them through the winter months. It was quite fashionable for wealthy colonial landowners to collect rare and exotic plants. We aren’t sure that Sir William would have had oranges but we do know that he collected and traded plants with others.
Our Calamondin orange trees are not only beautiful and sweetly scented, they bear a crop of tiny oranges each season. It’s always a wonderful treat to harvest them this time of year and make our own special, delicious marmalade as we did on Saturday. A tedious job but well worth the effort for the sweet reward!

04/16/2020

On this day in Montgomery County history, Amsterdam received its charter to become a city in 1885.

04/13/2020

In Montgomery County history:

April 10th 1823 -- Town of Glen was formed from Town of Charleston

Spotted Turtles on the Move For Spring!
04/13/2020
Spotted Turtles on the Move For Spring!

Spotted Turtles on the Move For Spring!

While we must stay put this season to help protect ourselves and those we love, other creatures here in New York are making their seasonal spring migrations. Among those are spotted turtles. These …

Montgomery County - NY
04/07/2020

Montgomery County - NY

Saratoga Horseworks, Ltd./ Custom Sewn LLC, in Amsterdam known for their equine, pet, scuba diving, and flexible hyperbaric chamber products has pivoted to address the urgent need for PPE in response to COVID-19.

They will begin shipping ten packs of protective face shields today.

President of Custom Sewn Products and Saratoga Horseworks, Ltd. Saratoga Horseworks, Ltd. Michael Libertucci said they started creating masks after receiving a request from a Massachusetts based medical group.

“They sent us a design that came out of John Hopkins that explained that the use of a face shield can allow a health care worker to more safely reuse a N95 mask because the shield protects the N95 mask from airborne particles,” Libertucci said. “I also have a nephew that is an ER doctor at a capital district hospital and he confirmed they needed shields as they were already reusing masks two weeks ago,” he continued.

“When we saw it we realized we could make improvements to Hopkins design and leverage our space, equipment, and staff to make as many of these as were needed,” Libertucci said. “As an example, our cutting machine is capable of cutting a shield every four seconds. Our technical designer and I spent two days in our conference room working out the details, so that we knew getting materials wouldn’t be an issue and the design utilized our strengths so producing it would fit right into how we do things here.”

Libertucci said they are taking larger orders from med groups, and hospitals, but they are also getting desperate calls from individual health care workers that are working without proper PPE.

The intention here is for health care professionals not the general public at large, as the shield will do little for someone if they are practicing social distancing.

Health care workers can now purchase these masks online at, https://www.horseworks.com/collections/medical?fbclid=IwAR0cFR1SETl2NbsRR5PwyRcMct2bmxDi71JNCuIRWsegjrDmszq9wCULdpw

“We are packing them in cases of ten so the purchase isn’t as large a financial commitment and shipping cost will be much less,” he said.

Next, they will begin turning their attention to producing level one isolation gowns.

#MontgomeryCounty #StrongerTogether #COVID19 #Community #Healthcare

04/07/2020

From the other day in Montgomery County history:

April 4th 1837 -- Town of Mohawk formed from Town of Johnstown

April 5th 1832 -- Fort Plain incorporated as a village

From the other days in Montgomery County history:dge over the Schoharie Creek near Fort Hunter collapsed resulting in 10 lives losts

04/03/2020

Forgot to post this yesterday --

On April 2, 1784, New York Legislature approved changing the name of Tryon County, named for colonial Governor William Tryon, to Montgomery County honoring the fallen General Richard Montgomery who died at the Battle of Quebec on Dec. 31, 1775.

As local government-appointed historians, it is our duty to document not just the past but the present. The COVID-19 pan...
04/02/2020
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03/16/2020

Due to the increasing number of cases of Coronavirus/COVID-19 in New York State, Montgomery County has declared a State of Emergency.

All Montgomery County buildings, including the Old Courthouse and the office of the Department of History & Archives, will be closed to the public until further notice.

Schoharie Crossing State Historic Site
03/16/2020

Schoharie Crossing State Historic Site

190 Years Ago Today! This official document contracting John Enders to operate a ferry across the Schoharie Creek was signed.

#FLASHBACKFRIDAY #FBF

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Montgomery County, NY
03/15/2020
Montgomery County, NY

Montgomery County, NY

FONDA— In light of the increase in confirmed cases of Coronavirus/COVID-19 in New York State, Montgomery County Executive Matthew L. Ossenfort has declared a State of Emergency for Montgomery County effective at 1 p.m. today.

Paddle the Mohawk Valley
03/10/2020
Paddle the Mohawk Valley

Paddle the Mohawk Valley

Paddle on the Mohawk River from Schoharie Crossing to Port Jackson through Erie Canal Locks 11 and 12 on this 5.5-mile guided half-day trip.

Old Fort Johnson National Historic Landmark
03/10/2020

Old Fort Johnson National Historic Landmark

Tree cutting started over the weekend for our long-delayed flood wall replacement project. Will Sisson & Jennifer Kelly of Minimally Invasive Tree Removal Service cleared the east side of the creek and will finish removing trees in the project area next week. Full-scale construction won’t begin until the summer. We now anticipate being closed for regular tours and events from June through September 2020.

Root Historical Society & Museum - Montgomery County, NY
03/09/2020

Root Historical Society & Museum - Montgomery County, NY

Root Historical Society is loosing the battle to get the roof fixed. We have to remove all of our stuff from the old Town Barn..

Paddle the Mohawk Valley
03/09/2020
Paddle the Mohawk Valley

Paddle the Mohawk Valley

Paddle on the Mohawk River from Schoharie Crossing to Port Jackson through Erie Canal Locks 11 and 12 on this 5.5-mile guided half-day trip.

The Fort Plain Museum
03/09/2020

The Fort Plain Museum

PLEASE NOTE THE DATE CHANGE TO SEPTEMBER 10-13, 2020

The Fort Plain Museum Proudly Presents The Annual American Revolution Mohawk Valley Conference June 11 - 14, 2020 at the Fulton-Montgomery Community College's Theater in the Visual Arts & Communications Building at 2805 NY-67, Johnstown, NY 12095.

The conference is back at the Fulton-Montgomery Community College and is limited to 200 seats (sold out for 2018 and would have been sold out for 2019). The Bus Tours are limited to 55 seats per tour. There is a $10 discount if you sign up for the conference by May 15, 2020. Please sign up early so you don't miss out.

Click: http://www.fortplainmuseum.com/conference to register or for further information.

We have another great lineup of historians/authors:
-Andrew Jackson O’Shaughnessy - The Architect of the British War for America: Lord George Germain
-Craig Bruce Smith - The Interests of Our Dearest Country: Honor and the Continental Army
-James Kirby Martin - A Contagion of Violence: The Human Slaughter in Frontier New York: 1775-1783
-Mark Edward Lender - John Brown's Raid on Fort Ticonderoga in September 1777
-Lindsay M. Chervinsky - Councils of War and the Cabinet: How the Revolutionary War Shaped the Presidency
-David Head - George Washington and a Very Mysterious Business: Tracking Down the Newburgh Conspiracy
-Eric H. Schnitzer - The Value of Revisionism: Don Troiani's Campaign to Saratoga – 1777
-Todd W. Braisted - In Reduced Circumstances: Loyalist Women and British Government Assistance, 1779-1783
-Katie Turner Getty - Women Aiding American Prisoners of War and Escapees in New York
-James E. Richmond - War on the Middleline: The Founding of a Community in the Kayaderosseras Patent in the Midst of the American Revolution
-Wayne Lenig - Fort Plain, Fort Plank and Fort Rensselaer: the Revolutionary War Fortifications at Canajohary
-Robert A. Selig - Saturday Dinner Speaker - "In the Morning We Began to Strip and Bury the Dead:” A Context for Burial Practices During the American War for Independence
-South River Heritage Consultants - Stone Arabia and Klock's Battlefields Study Update

2 Bus Tours
Bus Tour #1 - Forts & Fortified Homes of the Mohawk - Thursday, June 11, 2020 - 8:00 AM

This is an in-depth, never done before tour of the historic forts, fortified homes and sites that formed the defensive perimeter around Fort Rensselaer (Fort Plain). Site visits will include Fort Failing, Fort Ehle, Fort Clyde, Fort Plank, Fort Rensselaer, Fort Kayser, Fort Paris, Fort Nellis, Fort Klock and more. The Lunch stop will be at the Fort Plain Museum.

Bus Tour #2 - Stone Arabia & Klock’s Battlefields, 240 Years Later - Friday, June 12, 2020 - 8:00 AM

This is an in-depth, never done before tour of the Stone Arabia and Klock’s Battlefield Historic Sites. This detailed tour of the Stone Arabia Battlefield will follow the avenues of approach, view battle areas, visit the historic churches burned in battle, and the sites of Forts Kayser & Paris, several farms that were burned. We will stop at the Palatine Church that was spared the torch. Similar stops are also planned for Klock’s Battlefield. A lunch stop will be included.

Bus Tours include admissions to all historic/museum sites, lunch, and a tour booklet. Both Bus Tours will pick up and drop off at the college, located at 2805 NY-67, Johnstown, NY 12095, parking lots B and C (please see college campus map above).

Fundraiser Dinner:
Saturday, June 13th - The Bridge Walk at the Perthshire - 112 Perthshire Drive, Amsterdam, NY 12010 - 5:30 PM

Robert A. Selig - "In the Morning We Began to Strip and Bury the Dead:” A Context for Burial Practices During the American War for Independence - The presentation will start at the conclusion of dinner.

The dinner includes a choice of three entrees (will include a vegetarian option) with sides, salad and dessert. There will also be a Cocktail Hour with cash bar.

100% of the Conference earnings goes towards Museum Exhibits and Educations Programs/Event. We thank you for your support.

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Heritage & Genealogical Society of Montgomery County
03/02/2020

Heritage & Genealogical Society of Montgomery County

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The Fort Plain Museum
03/02/2020

The Fort Plain Museum

PLEASE NOTE THE DATE CHANGE TO SEPTEMBER 10-13, 2020

Don't miss out on this year’s line-up of premier speakers! The American Revolution Mohawk Valley Conference is back and registration is now open. Limited seating to 200, sign-up today.

Please visit: http://www.fortplainmuseum.com/conference

(Photo is scenes from the 2019 Conference)

Andrew Jackson O’Shaughnessy - The Architect of the British War for America: Lord George Germain

Craig Bruce Smith - The Interests of Our Dearest Country: Honor and the Continental Army

James Kirby Martin - A Contagion of Violence: The Human Slaughter in Frontier New York: 1775-1783

Mark Edward Lender - John Brown's Raid on Fort Ticonderoga in September 1777

Lindsay M. Chervinsky - Councils of War and the Cabinet: How the Revolutionary War Shaped the Presidency

David Head - George Washington and a Very Mysterious Business: Tracking Down the Newburgh Conspiracy

Eric H. Schnitzer - The Value of Revisionism: Don Troiani's Campaign to Saratoga – 1777

Todd W. Braisted - In Reduced Circumstances: Loyalist Women and British Government Assistance, 1779-1783

Katie Turner Getty - Women Aiding American Prisoners of War and Escapees in New York

James E. Richmond - War on the Middleline: The Founding of a Community in the Kayaderosseras Patent in the Midst of the American Revolution

Wayne Lenig - Fort Plain, Fort Plank and Fort Rensselaer: the Revolutionary War Fortifications at Canajohary

Robert A. Selig - Saturday Dinner Speaker - "In the Morning We Began to Strip and Bury the Dead:” A Context for Burial Practices During the American War for Independence

South River Heritage Consultants - Stone Arabia and Klock's Battlefields Study Update

Address

9 Park St, PO Box 1500
Fonda, NY
12068

General information

The Board of Supervisors created The Office of Historian in 1927, stating, “Montgomery County … with a historic background of over three hundred years, needs someone to further its interests and keep alive its history and traditions, by preserving its records, and directing work of this kind that will benefit the county.” New York State Education Law, March 1933, Section I, #1198 and 1199 delineate the local historian appointment and duties. From this law the duties of the County Historian state, “to collect and preserve, to supervise the activities of the local historians in towns and villages.” In 1934, the Department of History & Archives was established by Resolution #104. Through the help of Works Project Administration, many volumes of town, village, church and various records were copied, filed and rebound. The organization of these early records has made the department a Mecca for researchers and has encouraged people and municipalities to deposit their records in the Archives. The library contains over 5,000 books; the archives have expanded to about 900 cubic feet. Associated duties of the office include preserving and cataloging items in the collection. Additionally, the historian is called upon by various entities to answer factual questions. (Ex. Judge needs list of past County Judges, television station requests background for a documentary.) Inquiries to the department are either answered gratuitously or for a $20/hr fee. Local Law #11 in 1988 established the Records Management program. Its officer is in charge of the inactive records of the County and is responsible for their timely disposition. The office must make a judgment as to what records have historical value. The officer is the chairperson of the Records Management Advisory Board and initiates its meetings, agendas and plans. Currently many of the County records, both inactive and archival, are in the Old Courthouse, stored on the third floor, as well as the newly renovated records storage center.

Opening Hours

Monday 08:30 - 16:00
Tuesday 08:30 - 16:00
Wednesday 08:30 - 16:00
Thursday 08:30 - 16:00
Friday 08:30 - 16:00

Telephone

(518) 853-8186

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The Rockefeller Institute of Government invites you to a community engagement session for Reimagine the Canals, an initiative that Governor Cuomo launched in May 2019 aimed at identifying new uses for the Erie Canal and improving the quality of life for upstate New Yorkers. The topics raised and discussed at these sessions will be presented to the Reimagine the Canals Task Force, and will help shape the Reimagine initiative. https://www.facebook.com/events/355033381826084/
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Please help. Friend has been lost for 28 hours with no medication. 71 year old diabetic with alzheimers. Last seen near the Mohawk River. Please share.
Would you have any information about the Shaad/Shaut family who lived in Minden before the Revolutionary War? Peter House's wife Anna was a daughter of Theodorius and Mary Shaut and in a pension application says her brother is William Kisner. Do you know anything about that connection?
Hi! My ancestors were from Montgomery County. Their surnames were Ireland and Wert. I was wondering where I would be able to find out more information on my family's roots in your county.
I am trying to find the birthplace of my gg grandfather Rufus P. Davis. He was born in 1807 in Montgomery County, New York. I understand the county has changed borders several times. Can you point me in the direction of information about what towns might have been in the county then? I'm also looking for Elisha Davis, who is his father, mother unknown. Thanks!
Do you folks have "Year Book and Church Directory, 1931" Methodist Episcopal Church, Fort Plain, NY? I have it... and would like to scan it for sharing.