Our Open House Gala for our new History Center took place on Sunday, July 20, 2016
We reopen July 2nd, 2017, come vist the new museum and exciting new fossil exhibits this Summer!
LIST OF MONTHLY PRESENTATIONS
The Gilboa Historical Society meets every month on the 3rd Wednesday evening at 7:00 at the Gilboa Town Hall on 990V in Gilboa. There are no meetings Jan and Feb due to weather conditions. There is a short business meeting prior to a guest speaker presentation. Refreshments are served.
GUEST SPEAKERS and EVENTS
for WINTER, SPRING and SUMMER of 2017
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!
Sunday, May 28
in the afternoon there will be a Movie event at the Museum.
More information to follow!
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
SPRING, SUMMER and FALL of 2016
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
Jeff O'Connor-Revolutionary War Presentation
Jeff will bring to life the American Revolution in Schoharie County and New York State."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.
Michael will share his beautiful photography of local places photographed with a unique eye along with amazing stories about getting the best shot.
Gail Schaffer's presentation took place and was well attended.
May 18, 2016, Guest Speaker
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.
Presentations are offered throughout the year, check back!
We welcome you to come hear our informative presentations, enjoy light refreshments and savor an evening of learning. Our presentations begin at 7pm at the Gilboa Town Hall, located on Rt. 990v Gilboa, after a short business meeting.