Chenango County Historical Society and Museum

Chenango County Historical Society and Museum Our Mission: To lead and support the advancement of research, education, and enjoyment of Chenango County history.
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Today's #MuseumSunshine features a watercolor of the "Dimmick House" by Grace Borland. This historic residence is one of...
04/30/2020

Today's #MuseumSunshine features a watercolor of the "Dimmick House" by Grace Borland. This historic residence is one of several #ChenangoCounty structures on The Farmers' Museum campus. #MuseumFromHome #NYSMuseums

04/30/2020
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This year's "Preservation Week" holds even greater significance as a result of recent circumstances. To preserve history unfolding around us, the New York State Library, Manuscripts and Special Collections (MSC) encourages everyone to journal, and then consider donating these writings at a future date to MSC for preservation. More information about this "Personal History Initiative" will be available soon at nysl.nysed.gov

04/29/2020
Preserving Your Family History

Our "Preservation Week" celebration continues with another webinar, this one titled "Preserving Your Family History." Since we are all living in a moment of history right now, this session may be especially helpful! #MuseumFromHome #NYSMuseums

Everyone has a story and every family has stories that have been lost or forgotten. What does it mean to preserve your family history? Family history can inc...

04/28/2020
Low Cost and No Cost Ways to Preserve Family Archives

As we continue observing "Preservation Week," here is a webinar on "Low Cost Ways to Preserve Family Archives." Now is an ideal time to learn best practices for conservation of personal collections! #MuseumFromHome #NYSMuseums

http://ala.org/alcts An ALCTS webinar. Most of us are creators and collectors of something we value or enjoy, such as family papers, photographs, cookbooks o...

Today's #MuseumMonday post commemorates the American Library Association's annual "Preservation Week." A treasure trove ...
04/27/2020

Today's #MuseumMonday post commemorates the American Library Association's annual "Preservation Week." A treasure trove of materials related to cultural heritage is currently held by individuals, families, and communities. Throughout this week, we will highlight resources to encourage the preservation of personal and shared collections.#MuseumFromHome #NYSMuseums

On this final day of #InternationalTromboneWeek, here is an instrument featured in our "Chenango County in Fifty Stories...
04/25/2020

On this final day of #InternationalTromboneWeek, here is an instrument featured in our "Chenango County in Fifty Stories" exhibit. A popular Chenango Lake resort, first known as the Hotel Loomis and then the Colonel's Inn, often hosted live bands as nightly entertainment during its heyday between 1880 and 1918. #ChenangoHistory #MuseumFromHome #NYSMuseums

Today's #FlashbackFriday photo is from last spring, when the "Wednesday Work Crew" replaced our dilapidated walkway with...
04/24/2020

Today's #FlashbackFriday photo is from last spring, when the "Wednesday Work Crew" replaced our dilapidated walkway with a concrete sidewalk. We are extremely grateful to all of our dedicated volunteers who help fulfill our mission throughout the year. #CheersToVolunteers #MuseumFromHome #NYSMuseums #NationalVolunteerWeek #NVW2020

With cultural organizations temporarily closed, we are continuing with the latest social media trend! Dear Norwich Famil...
04/23/2020

With cultural organizations temporarily closed, we are continuing with the latest social media trend! Dear Norwich Family YMCA, we wanted to brighten your day with these blossoms painted by Norwich artist Roy Mosher, circa 1947. We hope this virtual #MuseumBouquet makes you smile today! #MuseumFromHome #NYSMuseums

Wishing everyone a #HappyEarthDay! To celebrate 50 years of this international movement, please enjoy a Civilian Conserv...
04/22/2020

Wishing everyone a #HappyEarthDay! To celebrate 50 years of this international movement, please enjoy a Civilian Conservation Corps image taken in McDonough circa 1935. Several other locations in Chenango County hosted CCC camps, including land that is now part of Rogers Environmental Education Center. #ChenangoHistory #EarthDay2020 #MuseumFromHome #NYSMuseums

Today's #MuseumSunshine features Barb and Gib Harrington, part of our dedicated volunteer team that works to accomplish ...
04/21/2020

Today's #MuseumSunshine features Barb and Gib Harrington, part of our dedicated volunteer team that works to accomplish our mission all year long. #CheersToVolunteers #MuseumFromHome #NYSMuseums #NationalVolunteerWeek #NVW2020

04/20/2020
Chase Nursing Home, New Berlin, NY

With elder care facilities currently closed to visitors, we honor the legacy of those who tend to our most vulnerable populations on this #MuseumMonday. Today's footage traces the history of Chase Memorial Nursing Home & Rehab. #ChenangoHistory #MovieMonday #MuseumFromHome #NYSMuseums

On this #FlashbackFriday, we recognize our amazing volunteers who work to accomplish our mission, many of whom attended ...
04/17/2020

On this #FlashbackFriday, we recognize our amazing volunteers who work to accomplish our mission, many of whom attended last year's inaugural "Just Desserts" reception. While this year's celebration has been postponed until the fall, we appreciate our dedicated helpers every day! #CheersToVolunteers #NationalVolunteerWeek #NVW2020

With cultural organizations temporarily closed, we are continuing with the latest social media trend! Dear Earlville Ope...
04/16/2020

With cultural organizations temporarily closed, we are continuing with the latest social media trend! Dear Earlville Opera House Arts Center, we wanted to brighten your day with this whimsical piece by Earlville artist Frederick Buhner. We hope this virtual #MuseumBouquet makes you smile today! #CatsOfInstagram #MuseumFromHome #NYSMuseums

04/13/2020

Our #MuseumMonday footage is an "uplifting" contrast to the gloomy and gusty weather forecast this evening! Please enjoy the sunshine and bright colors of the Norwich Balloon Festival, circa 1995. What warm weather memories of #ChenangoCounty do you have? Share in the comments below! #ChenangoHistory #MovieMonday #MuseumFromHome #NYSMuseums

With cultural organizations temporarily closed, we are continuing with the latest social media trend! Dear Northeast Cla...
04/09/2020

With cultural organizations temporarily closed, we are continuing with the latest social media trend! Dear Northeast Classic Car Museum, we wanted to brighten your day with this watercolor by South Otselic artist known only as "Seeley." We hope this virtual #MuseumBouquet makes you smile today! #MuseumFromHome #NYSMuseums

04/09/2020
Chenango County Planning Department

The US Census is important to #ChenagoHistory! We will mail a vintage Chenango County postcard to anyone who shares related comments below in response to this post from the Chenango County Planning Department..

Historians and genealogists use the US Census to find important information about their ancestors. The Census is released to the National Archives 72 years after it was completed, which means the 1950 Census becomes available in 2022.

What do you hope to learn about your ancestors? What is the most interesting thing you've found in a previous Census?

We're looking at you, Chenango County Historical Society and Museum! :)

Comment below!

#MakeChenangoCount #MakeHistory

Chenango County Historical Society and Museum's cover photo
04/07/2020

Chenango County Historical Society and Museum's cover photo

We are grateful for this "Pinwheel Garden," planted by the Chenango County Child Advocacy Center (CAC), as a reminder th...
04/07/2020

We are grateful for this "Pinwheel Garden," planted by the Chenango County Child Advocacy Center (CAC), as a reminder that April is National Child Abuse Prevention Month. While our country, state, and region is going through an extremely challenging time of social distancing, please remember that there are community organizations, such as the CAC, available to help!

04/06/2020
The Eaton Center, August 9, 1996

On this #MuseumMonday, journey back to 1996 when the community came together for the common cause of revitalizing a regional landmark. The Chenango County Area Corporation (now part of Chenango County Economic Development) renovated the former home of Norwich-Eaton Pharmaceuticals. Since that time, the facility has served as a major economic hub, hosting many businesses such as the Chenango Health Network, Delaware-Chenango-Madison-Otsego BOCES, and UHS Chenango Memorial Hospital facilities, among many others. Share some of the ways you’ve been inspired by community spirit recently in the comments below. #ChenangoHistory #MovieMonday #MuseumFromHome #NYSMuseums

04/04/2020

Since performing arts venues have gone “dark” for the time being, please enjoy this “Chenango Chenanigans” production from 2000 themed around America’s pastime, baseball. Use the comments below and tag anyone you recognize in today’s #FlashbackFriday feature! #ChenangoHistory #FilmFriday #NYSMuseums #WayOffBroadway Afton Community Theater Chenango Arts Council Chenango River Theatre Earlville Opera House Arts Center Jericho Arts Council Norwich Theater Company, Inc Sherburne Music-Theater Society Members 6 On The Square

With cultural organizations temporarily closed, we are getting in on the latest social media trend! Dear Longyear Museum...
04/02/2020

With cultural organizations temporarily closed, we are getting in on the latest social media trend! Dear Longyear Museum of Anthropology, we wanted to brighten your day with this oil painting by regional artist Chauncey M. Adams. We hope this virtual #MuseumBouquet makes you smile today! #ColgateUniversity #MuseumFromHome #NYSMuseums

In celebration of #WomensHistoryMonth, today's #MuseumMonday features Dr. Ruth Benedict (1887-1948). Born in NYC to Beat...
03/30/2020

In celebration of #WomensHistoryMonth, today's #MuseumMonday features Dr. Ruth Benedict (1887-1948). Born in NYC to Beatrice (Shattuck) and Frederick Fulton, she was raised on a farm in Norwich. Along with her partner Margaret Mead, Benedict is considered the most influential anthropologist of her time. Her ‘Patterns of Culture’ (1934) was translated into 14 languages, and was standard reading in universities for decades. In 1995, the United States Post Office issued a stamp in her honor. #ChenangoHistory #MuseumFromHome #NYSMuseums

03/27/2020
Oxford Academy

Let’s celebrate #MusicInOurSchoolsMonth on this #FlashbackFriday even while Chenango County schools are temporarily closed! This extended footage features the “Bicentennial School Song” composed for Oxford Academy and Central School District during the 1993-94 academic year. You may recognize a familiar face associated with the Oxford Historical Society around the five-minute mark! #ChenangoHistory #FilmFriday #MIOSM #MuseumFromHome #NYSMuseums

With cultural organizations temporarily closed, we had to get in on the latest social media trend! Dear Chenango Arts Co...
03/26/2020

With cultural organizations temporarily closed, we had to get in on the latest social media trend! Dear Chenango Arts Council, we wanted to brighten your day with this oil painting by Sherburne artist Mariea L. Brown. We hope this virtual #MuseumBouquet makes you smile today!

03/23/2020
"Come Home to Chenango"

On this #MuseumMonday, please enjoy “Come Home to Chenango,” originally produced by the organization now known as Commerce Chenango. Share some of your nostalgic Chenango County memories in the comments below. #ChenangoHistory #MovieMonday #MuseumFromHome #NYSMuseums

Today's #TBT is in appreciation of the Collection Needs Assessment Program - Supplies Grant we received last August, all...
03/19/2020

Today's #TBT is in appreciation of the Collection Needs Assessment Program - Supplies Grant we received last August, allowing us to improve storage of our collections as pictured here.The NYSCA/GHHN Collection Needs Assessment Program, administered by Greater Hudson Heritage Network, is made possible with public funds from the New York State Council on the Arts, with the support of Governor Andrew Cuomo and the New York State Legislature.

Chenango County Historical Society and Museum's cover photo
03/16/2020

Chenango County Historical Society and Museum's cover photo

The History of Norwich NY
03/10/2020

The History of Norwich NY

In March we will be doing something new and fun for those that love to talk about their family history.

On March 21st we will be doing a Genealogy Story Slam. Participants will have five to ten minutes to share a short story on a family member that they did research on. Or maybe you have a family heirloom that belonged to one of your ancestors and wish to share how your ancestor came to own it and it's history. Perhaps you wrote a book and would like to share some tips of what you learned along the way.

The stories can be presented by just speaking, do a display or you might want to do a power point presentation. If the later please let staff know in advance so that we can have things set up.

Speakers will be judged on timing, presentation, and content. There will be three awards given and a grand prize for first place. Entry forms can be picked up at the circulation desk and bottom portion filled out and returned to the library.

If you need more information please e-mail the history room or call the library and ask for local history. We look forward to seeing you there

Chenango County Historical Society and Museum's cover photo
03/10/2020

Chenango County Historical Society and Museum's cover photo

Following World War II, Cleon Bellamy led the Drum and Bugle Corps of the Lt. Warren E. Eaton, DSC, Norwich American Leg...
02/28/2020

Following World War II, Cleon Bellamy led the Drum and Bugle Corps of the Lt. Warren E. Eaton, DSC, Norwich American Legion Post 189. He also served as corps leader in Oneonta and Sidney. From the 1940s through the 1960s, Bellamy gained recognition for his parade appearances, becoming widely known as an exceptional and talented performer. In honor of #BlackHistoryMonth, we honor Bellamy and other African-Americans who have served our nation. #ChenangoHistory #NYSMuseums

Chenango County Historical Society and Museum's cover photo
02/18/2020

Chenango County Historical Society and Museum's cover photo

Today's #WayBackWednesday celebrates Valentine's Day! Bring someone you love for a final viewing of our exhibit "Drawn t...
02/12/2020

Today's #WayBackWednesday celebrates Valentine's Day! Bring someone you love for a final viewing of our exhibit "Drawn to History: The Art of Danny McCarey" before it closes on February 14 at 4 pm. #ChenangoHistory #NYMuseums

Chenango County Historical Society and Museum's cover photo
02/03/2020

Chenango County Historical Society and Museum's cover photo

Today, we had a visitor in honor of Groundhog Day... Punxsutawney Phil came to share the good news with "Scrat" the squi...
02/02/2020

Today, we had a visitor in honor of Groundhog Day... Punxsutawney Phil came to share the good news with "Scrat" the squirrel in our Ice Age movie poster. Scrat’s voice was sounded by former Norwich resident, John Christian "Chris" Wedge, who also directed the Ice Age Movies. We sure hope Punxsutawney Phil was able to give a date when the ice will melt around CCHS!! #chenangohistory #groundhogday #iceage #scratthesquirrel

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Norwich, NY
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Wednesday 09:00 - 16:00
Thursday 09:00 - 16:00
Friday 09:00 - 16:00

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Stage road out of Beaver Meadow, Otselic, Chenango County, NY supposedly had a fairly large cemetery right along the road on the right side as you go up. A local said it was taken down and bulldozed in 1955 - all stones are currently missing- anyone have any information?
I am having a devil of a time trying to find out WHO holds the records for Riverside Cemetery. I can't even find a phone number, can you help please?
Where was the "Rhode Island Settlement"?
In 48 years, this was my 1st visit to the museum. I was amazed! I had no idea how much was there, and all of the cool local artifacts and displays! I literally spent an hour there in awe! :)
Pomeroy sign dedication in Guilford Center Cemetery- grant applied for by the Guilford Historical Society's Cemetery Committee. Town supervisor George Seneck spoke, Civil War historian Bill Searfoss gave a biography of Walter Baldwin, and Debra Pratt read a time period prayer.
Get your copy of A Journey Through Time, available at the Cortland County Historical Society (25 Homer Ave. Cortland, 1-5 pm, Tuesday-Saturday) and by MAILORDER (https://drive.google.com/open?id=1IoOmf-qQgxxqOq9c4SamKUqt_o_TlYuJ). The cost is $40.50 plus tax for members, and $45.00 plus tax for non-members. See the order form link for more details. In 1958, Cortland County celebrated it's 150th anniversary with a series of events and the publication of the Cortland County Sesquicentennial Souvenir Yearbook: 1808-1958. With 8,000 copies printed, nearly every family in Cortland County purchased the book. 60 years later, and ten years after the celebration of our county's Bicentennial in 2008, the Cortland County Historical Society has published A Journey Through Time: Cortland County, 1958-2018. Three years in the making, this book picks up where the 1958 book left off and is the Society's largest publication to date continuing our long tradition of publishing Cortland County's history. Lead authors and co-editors, Jean Edwards and Liz Wavle-Brown collected stories, photographs and advertisements from over 200 people. You won't want to miss getting your copy of this collectible book, sure to be enjoyed for generations to come.
when presented with dinosaur poop and asked - what is it ?
Dear Chenango County Historical Society, 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/ =============================================
With recent renovations downtown, at 5 South Broad Street, they have resurrected a door from Reynolds Drugs. Any history on that?
Supposedly, my great grandfather is in the top right corner of this photo BUT my family and i have recently debated as his other photos around the same age look different. regardless, we cant find any other details on the photograph. If this helps, his name was Record Dean Tuttle and he was born in Pitcher, NY in 1889. Any details on the St. ACC 4 leaf clover logo or anything really would be great!
This was my very first school starting in 1940 (grad NHS in '53). I lived at 87 Rexford by the river. My mother, Pauline Stevens, walked me to school the first day, and that was it, on my own from then on. Great memories.