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Welcome to the
Half-Shire Historical Society

Across the Ages

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Preserving the region's history

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A walk through time

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Find what you're looking for

"Sometimes you find yourself in the middle of nowhere; and sometimes
in the middle of nowhere, you find yourself."

Thanks to financial support from the Greater Pulaski Community Fund, The Museum Association of NY and the William Pomeroy Foundation we now provide FREE WiFi Access to the immediate vicinity of our building. You're welcome to utilize this Free WiFi Service by simply entering your email when prompted and using the password:  bluedevils2020 


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You receive quarterly, hard copy newsletter

along with the quarterly

Tug Hill Literary Review.




In addition to your quarterly, hard copy newsletter, and quarterly Tug Hill Literary Review, you also receive Thank You and Holiday Cards and personal, direct support in your research efforts from The Society and are recognized on our Supporting Member List.



Lifetime membership expresses your commitment to our region and all that

Half-Shire Historical Society represents.


It also includes all of the annual membership benefits in perpetuity, 

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Preserve, protect, promote.

Half-Shire was founded on November 15, 1972, by six residents of northern Oswego County. They sought to form an organization that better represented the unique history of the northern section of the region.


The name Half-Shire refers to the founding of the county in 1816, settling a regional/political split by which the duel county seats were created: One at Oswego and the other at Pulaski. 


In 1975, the Half-Shire Historical Society received its provisional charter. In 1978, the Society was permanently chartered by the New York State Education Department.

Since 1973, the group has used the former Hamlet of Richland school building as its headquarters. During the 1970s and 1980s the second floor housed many historic exhibits. During this time the building was not heated, and the structure deteriorated. In the 1990s, renovation began on the entire building. The first floor received new sheetrock and new concrete floors were poured. Beginning in 2000, the second floor has been worked on one room at a time. Two of the four large classrooms were renovated and two more are under renovation. Two smaller second floor rooms are also undergoing repairs.

Meetings are held ten months of the year, March through December. Programs are conducted in Richland and at various locations, including the Oswego County Fairgrounds in Sandy Creek where Half-Shire has had charge of the Heritage Hall since the early 1990s.

Half-Shire produces a twelve-page, quarterly newsletter, and in partnership with the Historical Association of South Jefferson a quarterly supplement, “The Tug Hill Literacy Review”. The Society has also published four volumes in a “History of the Town of Redfield” series, a pictorial Arcadia Images of America series book, “Northern Oswego County”, and many small historical town profiles.

Half-Shire’s mission is to “Preserve, protect and promote the history and genealogy of the the twelve towns of northern Oswego County along with the Lewis County Town of Osceola and the Oneida County Town of Florence.” 

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