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.

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.

05/17/2019

The Montgomery County Department of History & Archives will be closed on Monday, May 27th 2019 in honor of Memorial Day. The office will reopen on Tuesday, May 28th at 8:30am.

Schoharie Crossing State Historic Site
05/15/2019

Schoharie Crossing State Historic Site

On this #FortFriday we'll take a look at this newspaper article from 1736.

“FORT HUNTER is in a very Ruinous Condition, the Pallisado’s, the Block-houses and Barracks are tumbling down, and hardly to be Repaired at a less Charge than would build a New One; the principle End for which it was built being to cover the Christian Settlements then made, and to encourage others to be made in that part of the Mohawks Country, is happily attained; and we may reasonably expect the like good affects in the settling the rest, which is much the greatest part of the Mohawks Country. If a new Fort be built on the Carrying Place, at the upper End of the Mohawks Country, and the Garrison of Fort Hunter be removed thither; This will cover the whole Mohawks Country, fix an easier Communication between all the Frontier Garrisons from Albany to Oswego, be a safe Repository for the Goods that must be Landed there, in passing to and from Oswego, and be a sure Protection to that Trade and County at all times; a small Sum of Money will do the Work.”

From: The New York Gazette - October 11, 1736
Sourced from: NYSHistoricNewspapers.org.

#FortHunter #FtHunter #newspaper #history #ColonialAmerica

The Chuctanunda Creek Trail
05/15/2019
The Chuctanunda Creek Trail

The Chuctanunda Creek Trail

Join us for our ribbon cutting at 10am on Saturday, June 1 for the grand opening of the Chuctanunda Trail. The ribbon cutting and trail walk are in celebration of National Trails Day! The ribbon cutting will take place at the greenway entrance to the trail on 2nd Ave. in Amsterdam. For more information on the trail visit: https://www.amsterdamny.gov/our-city/things-to-do/chucktrail.

Arkell Museum at Canajoharie
05/15/2019

Arkell Museum at Canajoharie

Hungry? Canned spaghetti, anyone?

"We make the dry spaghetti in our own sun-flooded plant. Then we cook it after our own special recipe. We use the tomato sauce for which Beech-Nut is famous- and a piquant cheese with just the right flavor." - Beech-Nut Prepared Spaghetti Advertising Card, ca. 1932.

This painting was done as a "quick sketch" for the marketing department at Beech-Nut. Often these sketches were altered and changed to fit the needs of a particular marketing campaign.

See this piece for yourself in "Marketing the Mohawk Valley" on view now!.

Beech-Nut Cooked Spaghetti, ca. 1926, altered ca. 1932. Oil on canvas.

Heritage Documentation Programs, NPS
05/03/2019

Heritage Documentation Programs, NPS

Last week, the Historic American Engineering Record (HAER) returned to the Schoharie Creek Aqueduct in Fort Hunter, New York for the third time in its history.

HAER recorded the 1841 aqueduct as part of its Hudson-Mohawk Area Survey in 1969, its inaugural summer field team. Jet Lowe produced additional large format photographs in 2010, following a 2006 flood. The structure has deteriorated significantly since, especially following a 2011 flood. Of the nine surviving arches in 1969, only six remain intact.

Heritage Documentation Programs, NPS architects laser scanned the aqueduct's remains last week, and will produce detailed measured drawings for the HABS/HAER/HALS Collection in The Library of Congress and will assist the Erie Canalway National Heritage Corridor in developing treatment plans and prioritizing rehabilitation of the structure.

The HAER field team consisted of Christopher Marston, project leader, HDP architects Ryan Pierce and Daniel De Sousa. Duncan Hay, historian with the Erie Canalway National Heritage Area provided assistance and support. Jarob Ortiz the HDP Photographer was also on site and produced large format photographs of the aqueduct.

#HAERnps #Aqueduct #NewYork #PreservationInAction #SavingPlaces #HistoricPreservation #Engineering #PreservationThroughDocumentation

Johnson Hall State Historic Site
05/03/2019

Johnson Hall State Historic Site

How long has Johnson Hall been a tourist destination? We officially became accessible to the public in 1906 but curious eyes and minds were visiting long before then.

During the Johnsons' ownership of the house, guests noted the excellence of the house and its grounds, drawing individuals, from near and far, for business and pleasure. In the late 1820s, nearly fifty years after their departure from Johnstown, the repute of the Johnson family still resounded over the hall. Men and women stopped during their travels to catch a glimpse of the house, "The villa of Sir William still remains, and presents a fine appearance from the road, as you approach the village of Johnstown. It is quite in ruins but must have once been a good building." While the house fell into periods of disrepair, it continued to catch people's interest, saving 'the ruins' from destruction.

Architectural updates changed the appearance of the house, from Georgian to Victorian, but it continued to be a bedrock in the community which it helped establish. Images of Johnson Hall appeared on woodcuts and eventually on souvenir plates and spoons, sold at local stores, allowing visitors to remember their time at the historic site.

Will you continue in the tradition of "stopping by" this season? Once again we will be opening the doors of Johnson Hall for guided, public tours beginning May 15th. Exciting preservation work and the acquisition of reproduction furnishings will give an enhanced look to 18th century life on New York's frontier.

Old Fort Johnson National Historic Landmark
05/03/2019

Old Fort Johnson National Historic Landmark

It's time to come out of hibernation! Join us this Saturday morning for our Annual Spring Cleanup in the Garden starting at 9:00 am. Lunch provided. Bring your own tools - we'll mostly be raking out the beds.

Schoharie Crossing State Historic Site
05/03/2019

Schoharie Crossing State Historic Site

Old postcard

Schoharie Crossing State Historic Site
03/21/2019
Schoharie Crossing State Historic Site

Schoharie Crossing State Historic Site

#MuseumMonday - A great reminder that our call for #photos is open until early May for the Passage of Time exhibit. Find out more by following the link below.

The Arts Center of the Capital Region Saratoga Arts
NYS Canal Corporation
Erie Canalway National Heritage Corridor
Fulton Montgomery Regional Chamber of Commerce
Fulton-Montgomery Community College

The Mohawk Valley Through the Lens
03/21/2019

The Mohawk Valley Through the Lens

A MVTTL Exclusive Peek of Johnson Hall State Historic Site
A behind the scenes look at the progress happening at Johnson Hall State Historic Site in Johnstown, NY. We were invited to go take a look at all the fun happening during the off-season at the Site. Please click into the album to learn more about all that's happening!

Johnson Hall is open for tours from May 16th to October 8th.
Wednesday - Saturday: 10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Sunday: 1:00 PM - 5:00 PM

We hope you will go and visit them this season.
https://parks.ny.gov/historic-sites/10/details.aspx?fbclid=IwAR3ZZ7greLMt-RQO5xe5ZCHIL1RfrrpO7ntXXetZzQcuUIJ_us4x-Sxepxk

Friends of Johnson Hall:
http://friendsofjohnsonhall.org/
Hometown Johnstown, NY

Photos and Write up:
Jenny Kielbasa Galough
March 18, 2019

Fulton County Historian
03/21/2019

Fulton County Historian

Do you own a historic property? You might be eligible for historic rehabilitation tax credits! Attend this free workshop to learn more. Click on the flyer for more information.

Root Historical Society & Museum - Montgomery County, NY
03/18/2019

Root Historical Society & Museum - Montgomery County, NY

Arkell Museum at Canajoharie
03/18/2019

Arkell Museum at Canajoharie

The hammock in this piece by Fritz Vogt would be the perfect place to spend National Napping Day!

🎨 Fritz Vogt (1841-1900)
"Residence of Mr. Asa Pickard, Brookmans Corners, NY," 1895
Graphite on paper
Gift of John R. Pickard (great-grandson of Asa Pickard), 2014

Schoharie Crossing State Historic Site
03/18/2019

Schoharie Crossing State Historic Site

#WaybackWednesday takes us back on this date 115 years ago. Ice jamming in the Mohawk River at the Tribes Hill - Fort Hunter Suspension Bridge.

Image in the collection of the Montgomery County -NY Department of History & Archives.

Tribes Hill & Fort Hunter NY Past & Present Fort Hunter, New York Tribes Hill, New York
Mohawk Valley Region Path Through History
#WBW #ErieCanal #MohawkRiver #Bridges
#Archives

The Mohawks and the Palatine Germans in the Mohawk Valley
03/18/2019
The Mohawks and the Palatine Germans in the Mohawk Valley

The Mohawks and the Palatine Germans in the Mohawk Valley

Mohawks, Palatines, Germans, Mohawk Valley, History, Tom Porter, Mohawk River, Schoharie Creek, NYS History, Iroquois, Hendrick, Sir William Johnson, William Johnson, Kanatsiohareke, Haudenosaunee,

The American Revolution Mohawk Valley Conference 2019 - Powered by Eventzilla
03/18/2019
The American Revolution Mohawk Valley Conference 2019 - Powered by Eventzilla

The American Revolution Mohawk Valley Conference 2019 - Powered by Eventzilla

The Fort Plain Museum Presents the 5th Annual American Revolution Mohawk Valley Conference June 6-9, 2019 The 2018 Conference was a sell-out, please sign-up early so you don't miss out. Pre-registration is required. We also have an early bird special, save $10 by signing up by May 1, 2019. Plus this...

Got A Pick
03/18/2019

Got A Pick

Northeast, Mike and Frank are coming back to New York and New Jersey in May!! Call all of your friends, family, and neighbors, and let everyone know!

NO STORES will be considered, ONLY PRIVATE COLLECTIONS

> EMAIL: [email protected]
> CALL: 1-855-OLD-RUST
> SHARE THIS POST WITH ANYONE & EVERYONE

Follow Got A Pick & Jessie Taylor for more updates!

Schedule At A Glance & Fliers - Underground Railroad History Project
03/18/2019
Schedule At A Glance & Fliers - Underground Railroad History Project

Schedule At A Glance & Fliers - Underground Railroad History Project

  LibertyCon 2019 – Seeking Sanctuary: Life, Liberty, Pursuit of Happiness March 29-31, 2019   Friday, March 29, 2018 Opening Address – (Admission) – 7:00pm-9:00pm in Snyder Hall at Siena College – 515 Loudon Road, Loudonville, NY 12211 Parking is available on the Siena College campus near...

Schoharie Crossing State Historic Site
03/04/2019

Schoharie Crossing State Historic Site

Another "Two-fer" as we present this #FlashbackFriday as a #FlyOverFriday!
This 1959 image of Fort Hunter, New York is in the collection of the Montgomery County -NY Department of History & Archives and was part of an aerial survey performed by Henry DeWolf out of Rochester, New York.

The image shows the hamlet along the Mohawk River - note NYS Canal Corporation Lock E12 and Dam #8 of today's modern Erie Canal.

"Another major aerial photographer was Henry DeWolf, the proprietor of the company Aerial Surveys. DeWolf was actively photographing from 1950 to 1978 and the majority of his early work was in New York State.
DeWolf’s collection consists of over two million negatives." (01/05/2015 Bill Casey -NY History Blog)

#Aerial #photography #AerialPhotography #ErieCanal #mohawkriver Canal Society of New York State Tribes Hill, New York Tribes Hill & Fort Hunter NY Past & Present

03/04/2019

This year, 2019, marks the 235th anniversary in which Tryon County was renamed Montgomery after the Revolutionary War General Richard Montgomery, hero at the Battle of Quebec.

On another note, I have been gathering information for a display that I would like to put together on the history of our building, the Old Courthouse. Part of the display will include some photographs, documents, etc.

While many events have taken place in the Old Courthouse during the course of its life, I am looking for any photographs that would have been taken during the early part of the 20th century up through the 1950s. I have been told that the old courtroom was still intact through that time period, however, we do not have any photo documentation of how that courtroom looked.

If anyone has photos of events taken on the second floor during this time period that they would like to share, please feel free to contact the Dept. of History & Archives at (518) 853-8186.

12/21/2018

The Montgomery County Department of History & Archives will be closed for Christmas on Monday, Dec. 24th and Tues., Dec. 25th, and again on Tuesday, Jan. 1st 2019 for New Year's Day.

The office will reopen on Wed., Dec. 26th and again on Wed., Jan. 2nd.

From all of our staff, we wish everyone a Merry Christmas and a safe, healthy and Happy New Year!

Arkell Museum at Canajoharie
12/10/2018

Arkell Museum at Canajoharie

We don't know about you, but a box full of delicious goodies is one of our favorite holiday gifts. Have you stopped in to see our new "Marketing the Mohawk Valley" exhibit yet? It features six of the Beech-Nut tins and several advertisements; the one below is from 1939! Which of the treats listed would you look forward to the most?

Arkell Museum at Canajoharie
12/10/2018

Arkell Museum at Canajoharie

Did you know there is a National Dewey Decimal System Day? We did, but only because of the Canajoharie Library! We love being able to check out books whenever we want; make sure you stop in and do the same!

11/20/2018

The Montgomery County Department of History & Archives will be closed for the Thanksgiving holiday on Thursday and Friday, Nov. 22nd and 23rd, 2018. The office will reopen on Monday, Nov. 26th at 8:30am.

Have a safe and Happy Thanksgiving!🦃🥧

11/19/2018
David S

David S

For those of you who missed the recent "Ghosts of the Past" event, here it is in its entirety. There are some issues with the video being dark, as we had a problem with lighting. The audio is fine.

The Fort Plain Museum
11/19/2018

The Fort Plain Museum

Thank you to Ed Lengel for another outstanding presentation. This talk on the American Way of War is must see, Ed proved why he is a top notch historian. Thank you to our attendees who braved the winter weather and we hope you all made it home safe.

If you missed Ed tonight, he will be presenting 3 more times over the next two days:

You have 4 opportunities to see Edward Lengel, a renown historian/author on military history, in upstate NY starting on November 15th at 7pm at the Fort Plain Museum!

November 16: University Club, Albany, N.Y., about Never in Finer Company at Noon

November 17: Oneida County, N.Y., History Center, about Never in Finer Company

November 17, 7 PM: Northshire Book Store, Saratoga Springs, N.Y., book signing for Never in Finer Company

See Ed’s website for more info: http://www.edwardlengel.com/

Root Historical Society & Museum - Montgomery County, NY
11/19/2018

Root Historical Society & Museum - Montgomery County, NY

THANK YOU FOR SENDING THIS TO US. WHO EVER YOU ARE.

Montgomery County - NY
11/19/2018

Montgomery County - NY

Give Thanks First, a Night Dedicated to First Responders in Montgomery County was a huge success! Five years and counting. We heard some amazing stories and it was an honor to recognize another group of devoted individuals. These nominees will be added to what is becoming a long list of brave and selfless first responders who keep our communities safe. Thank you.

Our nominees included: New York State Police Trooper Rosalie Clark, Montgomery County Emergency Services Office, Albert Kim Graff of the Florida Volunteer Fire Department, Joel and Yvelisse Torres, Lisa Surnear of St. Mary's Hospital, New York State Police Trooper Greg Langtry and Schoharie County Emergency Responders.

A sincere thank you also goes to our event sponsors who make the continuation of this tradition possible.

Our Title Sponsor was Eastern Med, LLC. Other sponsors included: Betz, Rossi, Bellinger & Stewart Family Funeral Homes AECOM, Lightspeed Technologies, Alpin Haus, Seely Conover, Nbt Bank and Stewart's Shops. Also, a thank you to the Winner's Circle for hosting.

To read more about our nominees click the link below:
https://www.co.montgomery.ny.us/sites/public/pressreleases/PressReleaseAttachments/Give%20Thanks%20First%202018%20Event%20Program.pdf

Old Fort Johnson National Historic Landmark
11/19/2018

Old Fort Johnson National Historic Landmark

We spent the day decorating and the Old Fort is starting to look very festive in preparation for the Holiday Open House on Saturday, November 24, 1-5 pm.

We invite you to join us to enjoy our holiday decorations and live music along with an expanded holiday gift shop hot mulled cider and cookies.

Arkell Museum at Canajoharie
11/14/2018

Arkell Museum at Canajoharie

Will we see you this Saturday for our Holiday Fair? The Fair runs from 10:00-4:00 and is FREE to the public. We will have more artisan vendors than ever this year, located both in our Great Hall and the Lower Level! Plus, you will be able to check out the Canajoharie Library's Book Sale, just in time to stock up as the cold weather comes in!

11/09/2018

The Montgomery County Dept. of History & Archives will be closed on Monday, Nov. 12th 2018 in honor of Veterans' Day and to remember all of those who have served in the United States Armed Forces.

The office will reopen on Tuesday, Nov. 13th at 8:30am.

Arkell Museum at Canajoharie
11/09/2018

Arkell Museum at Canajoharie

Today marks the 100th anniversary of New York's women legally being able to vote for the first time. Some women, like Susan B. Anthony, voted illegally before that date during the fight for women's' suffrage. Did you get the chance to see this portrait of Anthony in our exhibit "'Truth is the Only Safe Ground to Stand Upon:' Portraits of New York State Suffragists by Christine Heller" when it was on display last summer?

Christine Heller
"Susan B. Anthony"

11/09/2018
Root Historical Society & Museum - Montgomery County, NY

Root Historical Society & Museum - Montgomery County, NY

THE ROOT HISTORICAL SOCIETY WOULD LIKE TO THANK ALL OF THE ROOT VOTERS THAT STOPPED & BOUGHT GOODIES AT OUR BAKE SALE & HOT DOGS - CHILE. ALSO THANK YOU FOR VOTING. WE MADE OVER $750 TODAY.

Mohawk Valley Collective
11/09/2018

Mohawk Valley Collective

Update: We are wrapping up a very productive few weeks working on the #BellTower at #WestHillSchool leading up to the recent #ribboncutting . Due to some #unforeseenissues with the sills and gutters as well as #terribleweather #highwinds we didn't get as much done as we planned but will begin again in the #springtime !

Once again, please consider a #donation to this important project and thanks again to those that already gave! A very special thanks to @assemblymansantabarbara for the #preservationgrant to help kick the project off. @ West Hill School (Canajoharie, New York)

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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