Work continues at Half-Shire while we are closed this winter. The Southwest classroom work is coming along very well, and soon this 22' x 32' room with storage closet will be dedicated as a repository for our collection of records of the five school districts within our region: APW, Camden Central, Mexico, Pulaski and Sandy Creek. in one end a small classroom will be set up reflecting the 1925 layout of the room. Custom wood shelfing units are being hand crafted by John Allen and Ron Wilson of Oswego for this room.
Ron and John had earlier taken the old Fulton DAR oak cabinet back to their shop and rebuilt the back making it extremely sturdy for another 100 years. The cabinet is on the south wall in the Pomeroy Genealogy Research room on our 1st floor. This room is undergoing an inventory and notebook replacement. We expect to have an undated inventory on our website soon.
The Board of Trustees and volunteers have been concerned for our Williamstown Trustee Glenna Gorski, who underwent a medical procedure recently. We are anxious for Glenna's speedy recovery and return to active research with us. Glenna is our longest serving board member, and one of our most beloved. Cards can be sent to her at PO 54, Williamstown, NY 13493. Her email is firstname.lastname@example.org.
We have not had any issues this year with our roof thankfully, the sun that we have enjoyed many days recently has helped melt the snow decently. Our roof drains both internally and off the ends, one curiosity this year is the large icicle that formed on the south end that grew to over 25 feet tall!
Work is ongoing to get the spring newsletter out. We expect to mail this 12-page letter out by the 4th. The Spring issue of the Tug Hill Literary Review, not due till April is already done with the exception of a few photos. We are very grateful for submissions from several of our members. The Review is sent free to paid members of Half-Shire and the Historical Association of South Jefferson.
Some of our workers have been going through old boxes in storage to gather education materials for the new SE classroom. During this "triage" we have rediscovered many great artifacts that we had "forgotten". The SE classroom will have a large display of textbooks and school materials dating back over 200 years. The earliest text book we have found is an American History from 1820.
Work continues on the long-awaited Williamstown Woman’s book. This project has been greatly delayed due to COVID and the illness of Glenna. We are hopeful to be able to get the committee together again soon.
Half-Shire can be reached at email@example.com or 315.298-2986