GUEST SPEAKERS and EVENTS
for WINTER, SPRING and SUMMER of 2017



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CHRISTMAS BOTTLE AUCTION!
December 21st starting at 7:00 pm


Our Christmas Party Fundraiser Basket of Gifts and Cheer winner will be announced followed by our Bottle Auction with Auctioneer Tony Van Glad. Bring a wrapped bottle(something you would like to receive) to auction. Get ready to bid on a bottle, but you can't open the wrapped paper until all have been auctioned off. Then you can open it and see your surprise; some folks trade with others. Refreshments served!

OTHER ANNOUNCEMENTS:

Sunday, May 28
in the afternoon there will be a Movie event at the Museum.
More information to follow!

GUEST SPEAKERS:

MARCH - to be announced

APRIL - Karen Cuccinello on her new book
"Woman of Schoharie County." - Time and date to be announced

MAY - Duda on Trains of Gilboa and the local area. - Time and date to be announced

JUNE - Nick Juried's Interview and observations about his life VIDEO. - Time and date to be announced

JULY - OPEN HOUSE AT MUSEUM AND CELEBRATING OUR NEW PAVILION. - Time and date to be announced

JULY 16th "GILBOA FEST" - Vendors, food and Music for
the entire family!

OUR AUGUST FIELD TRIP - to be announced.

Guest speakers who presented and events that took place in the SUMMER AND FALL of 2016

August 17th
Field Trip to Owlsville Schoolhouse Nursery


Meet at 6:00 at Town Hall to car pool
History of the schoolhouse
Check out the flowers at the Greenhouse
Visit the historic Sprague Cemetery
Delana Truesdell will be hosting along with Beatrice Mattice

September 21st
Jeff O'Connor-Revolutionary War Presentation
"Schoharie Rising"



Today, places in the Schoharie Valley are still recovering from the cataclysmic 2011 flood that Hurricane Irene unleashed upon it. Lives, homes, businesses and the sense of security were changed forever. At the time, it became readily apparent that the level of devastation the valley was dealing with had not been seen since the American Revolution, especially in the wake of the 1780 Johnson Raid. Then, and in 2011,everyone living in the valley was affected one way or another. The fight that began on August 28, 2011 as the rain fell in torrents was about survival. Then it became salvaging what could be saved. Then it became about rebuilding. This would have been an all too familiar process for the people of the Schoharie Valley who lived through the scorched earth strategy of the American Revolution. We'll explore what happened during the Revolution and how the people coped with eerily similar issues as those who endured Irene and its aftermath. The comparisons are at once startling and inspiring, showing the determination of spirit that has fueled so much of Schoharie County's compelling history.

October19th
Michael Fleischman



Michael will share his beautiful photography of local places photographed with a unique eye along with amazing stories about getting the best shot.

Our Open House Gala for our new History Center took place on Sunday,July 10, 2016. Please come visit the new museum and exhibits!

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Local Talents Bowin' the Strings performed!
Bob Titus lead a fossil hike along Schoharie Creek!

Thanks for joining us Sunday, July 10th for the "Grand Opening" of the History Center at the Gilboa Museum in Gilboa NY. Bob and Johanna Titus were there to sign there newest updated book "The Catskill Geologist" and Bob Titus lead a fossil hike along the Schoharie Creek.

There was a Labyrinth set up for those that wanted to "walk the labyrinth" and experience a mind changing journey! IT WAS ALL FREE

In addition to presentations, tours, and refreshments we were entertained by "Bowin' the Strings." Members of the band are Laura Kortright, fiddler, Steve Jacobi, fiddler, and Craig Gehrig, guitarist. They have been performing fiddle music together for over 30 years and this past October, they performed at the Roxbury Art Center. They all belong to the group The Old Time Fiddlers and Steve and Craig are in another band called Fiddlin’ Around.

All are accomplish musicians and carry on the Catskill Mountain tradition of fiddle music handed down from the late Hilton Kelly of Roxbury, NY.


GUEST SPEAKERS and PRESENTATIONS
for SPRING 2016


Gail Schaffer's presentation took place and was well attended.
May 18, 2016, Guest Speaker
Gail Schaffer
7:00 PM at the Gilboa Town Hall
Route 990v, Gilboa, New York, 12076

Gail Shaffer is a lifelong Blenheim resident. In two decades of public service, she has served as New York Secretary of State and as our State Assemblywoman, as well as Blenheim Town Supervisor. She has been involved in environmental and historic preservation issues for many years.

As a citizen activist, she helped found the non-profit organization Dam Concerned Citizens (DCC) in response to the Gilboa Dam crisis. In addition, she is a citizen advocate, in the current relicensing process with the New York Power Authority (NYPA), representing the interests of Blenheim and Gilboa as the Host Communities and the Gilboa-Conesville Central School District, NY (GCCS). Blenheim and Gilboa lost major parts of their tax base to the NY Power Authority when the Blenheim-Gilboa hydropower project was built. The major goal of the ongoing negotiations is to obtain a major compensation package for the next 50 years, for these host communities.

Gail will talk about the major impact that the dams built by both New York City and New York State have had on Schoharie Valley's ecology, the historical, scenic and cultural impacts, as well as overall socioeconomic impacts. The lecture will begin to address what is in store for the future as our communities seek to develop a more positive relationship with NYPA moving forward.

More presentations will announced soon.