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 & historical 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.

11/19/2019

The Montgomery County Dept. of History & Archives will be closed on Thursday, Nov. 28th and Friday, Nov. 29th for the Thanksgiving holiday. The library will reopen at 8:30am on Monday, Dec. 2nd, 2019. Happy Thanksgiving!🦃🥧

11/19/2019
Schoharie Crossing State Historic Site

Schoharie Crossing State Historic Site

Welcome to the official Schoharie Crossing State Historic Site page. Schoharie Crossing is a NYS Historic Site & Park, est. 1966. The Visitor Center interpretive services began in 1987. We provide educational as well as recreational opportunities

11/14/2019
Fulton Montgomery Quilt Barn Trail

Fulton Montgomery Quilt Barn Trail

You may have seen some colorful designs on some of the barns in your area. These are called quilt squares. They are patterns typically used in quilting. It a...

Montgomery County Business Development Center
11/14/2019

Montgomery County Business Development Center

Our communities are filled with history. The Fort Klock Historic Restoration site in St. Johnsville presents visitors with a look back at life in the 1750s during the area's great Palatine migration. Today the property serves not only as a historic site but also offers a diverse mix of entertaining and educational events, including the Craft Fair, Folk Music Concert, and Young Pioneer Days. #TBT #HistoricMontgomeryCounty #LiveWorkPlayMontgomeryCounty #StJohnsville

11/08/2019

The Montgomery County Department of History & Archives will be closed on Monday, Nov. 11th in honor of Veterans' Day. The office will reopen on Tues., Nov. 12th at 8:30am.

Digital Collections : Cartographic Record : Survey of land for John Collins, J. H. Fisher, Samuel and Elizabeth Babingto...
10/30/2019
Digital Collections : Cartographic Record : Survey of land for John Collins, J. H. Fisher, Samuel and Elizabeth Babington, Henry Barclay and John Wemp. Map #611 [NYSA_A0273-78_611]

Digital Collections : Cartographic Record : Survey of land for John Collins, J. H. Fisher, Samuel and Elizabeth Babington, Henry Barclay and John Wemp. Map #611 [NYSA_A0273-78_611]

The New York State Archives is part of the Office of Cultural Education, an office of the New York State Education Department.

Schoharie Crossing State Historic Site
10/25/2019

Schoharie Crossing State Historic Site

#WhereIsItWednesday? - Do you know where this image was taken? Leave your answer in the comment section and we'll review the location tomorrow!
We continue to celebrate #ArchivesMonth and show this great photograph that is in the collection of the Montgomery County -NY Department of History & Archives.

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Mohawk Valley History

TravelStorysGPS
10/25/2019

TravelStorysGPS

Check out our newest tour the Cycling the Erie Canal!

You'll find stories of war legends, freedom seekers, and American innovation.

Download the free TravelStorys app (link on page) and search "Erie".

There's a story here!

Huge thanks to tour sponsors, City of Amsterdam Tourism Marketing & Recreation, I LOVE NEW YORK, Erie Canalway National Heritage Corridor, Montgomery County - NY, Visit Montgomery County NY, and Fulton Montgomery Regional Chamber of Commerce.

#Theresastoryhere

Montgomery County Business Development Center
10/21/2019

Montgomery County Business Development Center

The Mohawk River has always been a central part of life in our community. As the waterway for the Erie Canal it served as an integral part of our region's economy. Today, the river plays a new role, providing recreational opportunities that boost tourism in Montgomery County. #TBT #MontgomeryCountyPlays #LiveWorkPlay

Schoharie Crossing State Historic Site
10/21/2019

Schoharie Crossing State Historic Site

#FlashbackFriday - As we recognize #ArchivesMonth we also want to point out the great work of digitized newspaper repositories online. They help bring insight into our #history!

The The Library of Congress, the Empire State Library Network, and Northern New York Library Network as well as many other institutions and private organizations support the digitization of these primary documents.
Even private individuals donate of their time, energy, and financially to preserving history through newspapers - such as at fultonhistory.com.

This clipping is from: Plattsburgh Daily Press., August 13, 1906 and was accessed on the NYS Historic Newspapers database.

#FBF
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The Fort Plain Museum
10/21/2019

The Fort Plain Museum

The Fort Plain Museum is closed for the Season! If you would like to tour the museum, please text or call 518-774-5669 or email [email protected]. If you show up at the museum, we may be able to have someone there within 15 minutes. Thank you all for a wonderful season. We will have our Christmas at the Fort event on Saturday, December 7th. Hope to see you all again in 2020!

1747 Nellis Tavern
10/21/2019

1747 Nellis Tavern

Skip Barshied and Donna Reston were 2 of the many visitors to 1747 Nellis Tavern for our Evening at the Tavern Saturday last.

The Fort Plain Museum
10/17/2019

The Fort Plain Museum

At the end of last Summer, the Fort Plain Museum was awarded a $50,000 by the National Park Services through the American Battlefield Protection Program for a study to be done on the Stone Arabia Battlefield. After much administration work, the grant was awarded this summer to South River Heritage Consulting to perform the study. Below, is an article by Joshua Thomas from the Courier-Standard-Enterprise and the Amsterdam Recorder as to the progress of the study.

CONSULTANTS OUTLINE UPCOMING, YEAR-LONG LOCAL BATTLEFIELD STUDY

Posted by Recorder News | Oct 6, 2019
By JOSHUA THOMAS
For The Recorder

STONE ARABIA — Tuesday evening, the Fort Plain Museum hosted an informational public meeting at the Stone Arabia Preservation Society’s Stone Church, with consultants outlining the scope of an upcoming year-long process wherein a grant-funded study of the Stone Arabia Battlefield and Klock’s Field will aim to shed new light on historic events.

The Fort Plain Museum was issued a National Park Service grant via the American Battlefield Protection Program, allowing them to hire South River Heritage Consulting, which will study local areas of battle into 2020, at which point they’ll provide their findings with preservation-related suggestions.
Principal Historical Archeologist Wade P. Catts, RPA stated of Tuesday’s presentation, “What it’s intended to do is give you an understanding of what we’re going to be working on,” as outlined in the grant’s requirements.

A Stone Arabia Battlefield Committee has been assembled to work with South River Heritage Consulting, which will also employ an individual responsible for GIS mapping, including Norm Bollen, Fort Plain Museum chairman; Wayne Lenig, researcher/historian; James Morrison, researcher/historian; Brian Mack, Fort Plain Museum Trustee; Peter Couser, researcher/historian; Willis (Skip) Barsheid, historian/collector of Stone Arabia Battlefield artifacts; Peter Betz, researcher/historian; Dr. Bruce Venter, researcher/historian; Kelly Farquar, county historian; and Travis Bowman, State Historic Preservation Office liaison.

Catts explained that the American Battlefield Protection Program has noted that while both the Stone Arabia Battlefield and Klock’s Field have both been labelled low priority in terms of potential threats, including imminent development, they’ve been listed as high priority in regards to the need for the accumulation of additional information.

The goals of the project set by the local committee, explained Catts, will be for South River Heritage Consulting to identify and collect info on both battles — studying and building upon previously collected data including from primary sources (pensions, diaries, letters, journals, claims) and secondary sources, such as more-modern accounts and findings.

Explained Catts of the upcoming study, “We’re not trying to reinvent the wheel in any way at all — we’re building off of data that has already been compiled. But, the historical context to this is really kind of important, and that is that the battles of Klock’s Field and Stone Arabia are probably better viewed as one in the same,” as they happened on the morning and evening of the same day.

“They go together,” said Catts, continuing, “And they were also part of a broader strategic plan to depopulate the Mohawk Valley,” destroying wheat and grain crops necessary for supporting other sections of the army fighting for independence.

The study will aim to define the core area of the battles — the area where a major portion of the engagement took place, or in Catts’ words, “where blood was spilled.”

“My goal,” pointed out Historian Robert A. Selig, “is to collect and interpret data in order to locate the areas of conflict and better define the boundaries of the battlefield.”

“Every location that we can find where a house was set on fire, where somebody was killed, where there was some hostile activity was part of this area of conflict — the area of battle,” he continued, noting that fixed traits such as creeks and ground features will be utilized in determining exact locations of action.

Already, Catts said, “we’re beginning to think there’s a larger battlefield boundary here that you should be looking at,” explaining that several farm complexes that were destroyed or damaged during the battle’s progression should be identified and included as part of “the space that the battle occurred in.”

Regarding the review of existing data, Catts stated, “I’m amazed at the amount of data that has been compiled on both of these battlefields,” noting that the project will also aim to collect information that nobody’s yet discovered.

As part of this study, field interviews will be completed, including with landowners and individuals that have unearthed archeological items, the team also viewing historic maps and records, images created by Rufus Grider, and topography.

The final goal will be to develop and present a plan for potential site plan protection and management, along with “recommendations in how you might be able to use that information,” according to Catts.

Once those results have been publicly presented during a meeting tentatively scheduled for midOctober of 2020, expanded options will exist for the acquisition of grant funding by local groups and organizations.

Underground Railroad Consortium of New York State
10/17/2019

Underground Railroad Consortium of New York State

Kelly Farquahr, Historian for Montgomery County, given an award from the Capital Area Archivists at their annual dinner in Schenectady this past Thursday for her work in a wide variety of areas relating to archives. Kelly is also a member of the Underground Railroad Consortium of New York state and has done out standing work on revealing the Underground Railroad story and the lives of African Americans in Montgomery County. congratulations Kelly!

10/17/2019
Root Historical Society & Museum - Montgomery County, NY

Root Historical Society & Museum - Montgomery County, NY

The Root Historical Society is seeking a place to store some of our items that are currently being stored in the old town barn. The roof is starting to collapse and the town is making arrangements to have the building torn down. Right now we have an old threshing machine, cutter/sleigh, buckboard, four large church chairs and some other small items. Anyone willing to help can contact us on this site. Thank You in advance.

Schoharie Crossing State Historic Site
10/17/2019

Schoharie Crossing State Historic Site

We are looking forward to this great program, Rotten!: A Decomposed Talk by Anita Sanchez next Tuesday at 6:30pm.

Root Historical Society & Museum - Montgomery County, NY
10/17/2019

Root Historical Society & Museum - Montgomery County, NY

Montgomery County - NY
10/11/2019

Montgomery County - NY

Montgomery County employees recently held a "Jeans Day" raising funds to support the Reflections Memorial Foundation which was created to reflect and remember the lives lost during the Schoharie limousine crash on Oct. 6, 2018.

Barbara Bourdeau, a social welfare examiner for the Department of Social Services, is pictured today issuing the check to Joshua Loden in front of the memorial at the Apple Barrel Country Store and Cafe.

#MontgomeryCounty #MadeofSomethingStronger #AmsterdamStronger #StrongerTogether

Schoharie Crossing State Historic Site
10/11/2019

Schoharie Crossing State Historic Site

#TBT - You may have seen this image before, but as we throw it back this Thursday to take a look, we hope you find the many methods of crossing the Mohawk River and Schoharie Creek that it shows!
As part of #ArchivesMonth we are grateful to share this image from the collection of the Montgomery County -NY Department of History & Archives.

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10/11/2019
1747 Nellis Tavern

1747 Nellis Tavern

Path thru History weekend is this weekend. 1747 Nellis Tavern will be open Saturday, October 12, 2019, 10:30-3:00. We hope to see many bikers visiting the area.

Underground Railroad Consortium of New York State
10/03/2019

Underground Railroad Consortium of New York State

Underground Railroad Consortium Wins National Award

At the national Underground Railroad training event held at Niagara University in Niagara Falls on September 11 – 14, the Underground Railroad Consortium of New York State (URCNYS) received the Robert G. Stanton Award for Network to Freedom (NTF) Partners.

https://newyorkhistoryblog.org/2019/09/underground-railroad-consortium-wins-national-award/?fbclid=IwAR3S6og5C7QEDM1w7pR7IK6nUakehj2a5ASz7ohN3eRdXUJRZDhT9-Mnu3k

Preservation League of New York State
09/30/2019

Preservation League of New York State

Our team was recently in Fort Plain and couldn’t resist snapping this shot of Main Street. The building on the right is Diefendorf Hall, a historic site the League has been involved with for years. It has received a Technical Assistance Grant, a Gratz Fund award, and most recently, an EPIP loan. The Friends of Fort Plain are currently working to restore the building to become a public gathering place for the community.

Montgomery County - NY
09/30/2019

Montgomery County - NY

Happy Retirement to Structural Maintenance Helper Anne Nadler! 🥳

Today marks her last day working for Montgomery County after 13 dedicated years. Anyone who had the pleasure of working with Anne has a story about how she helped them in one way or another. Thank you for everything. We miss you already!

#Retirement #Team #MadeofSomethingStronger #MontgomeryCounty

Bridge_Annex_UELAC
09/30/2019

Bridge_Annex_UELAC

The start of Fort Plain museum and tour

The Fort Plain Museum
09/30/2019

The Fort Plain Museum

Montgomery County - NY
09/18/2019

Montgomery County - NY

Montgomery County employees recently held a "Jeans Day" fundraiser for Project Lifesaver, a public safety program designed to protect and locate missing persons who may have a developmental disability.

Montgomery County Sheriff's Office - NY Deputy Joseph Parisi, who oversees the program, accepted the donation, which will be used to purchase equipment.

Individuals who use Project Lifesaver wear a small radio transmitter on their wrist or ankle that emits an individualized frequency signal. Transmitters assist caregivers and local agencies in locating these individuals.

The goal of the program is to assist in providing timely response to save lives and reduce potential injury for adults and children with the propensity to wander due to a cognitive condition.

For more information on Project Lifesaver, go to, https://projectlifesaver.org/

#MontgomeryCounty #MadeofSomethingStronger #ProjectLifesaver #Bringinglovedoneshome #Team #StrongerTogether

Herkimer County Historical Society
09/18/2019

Herkimer County Historical Society

Come join us for this very interesting program on the SALISBURY IRON MINES by Bob Schmid. In 1902 William Switzer, originally from Little Falls and later, founder of the Superior Furnace Company, formed the Salisbury Steel and Iron Company. He brought an extension of the Little Falls & Dolgeville Railroad to Salisbury Center with a short spur to the Irondale Mines. Switzer died on March 5, 1913 and the mines immediately closed, never to reopen.

1747 Nellis Tavern
09/17/2019

1747 Nellis Tavern

Please join us!

Schoharie Crossing State Historic Site
09/17/2019

Schoharie Crossing State Historic Site

130 years ago this article ran in The Daily Leader newspaper out of Gloversville:

The Daily Leader., September 16, 1889

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The Fort Plain Museum
09/12/2019

The Fort Plain Museum

Come join our wonderful community at the annual Town Of Minden History Fair on Saturday, September 21st, from 10 AM to 4PM in Haslett Park, across from Stewarts Shop. For more information and/or questions, please contact Town of Minden Historian, Rob Carter at 518-993-1023. We hope to see you all there!

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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