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Historical society looks back at 2012

Johnsburg Historical Society

At the beginning of this new year, the Johnsburg Historical Society would like to take this opportunity to share what the organization did in 2012.

The society’s steady and loyal membership support in 2012 assisted in the presentation of our annual President's Day program about Restoration and Preservation of Historic Flags.

In September at Tannery Pond Community Center, we partnered with eight other historical organizations of Warren County in a pre-bi-centennial exhibit. The society’s exhibit was a timeline delineating the 200-plus years of development of the Town of Johnsburg. That exhibit was removed to Johnsburg Central School where the society has arranged a permanent exhibit space. It will be changed two or three times during the school year in our challenge be better educational partners.

You may have noticed the historic photos on display at the town library, which are updated quarterly. JHS supported an exhibit called “The Country Doctor” at the Owens House that replicated a doctor's office and told a story of the history of medicine in our community.

Among our special projects, we continued with the design and installation of interpretative signs featuring historic buildings in the township, and began the restoration/preservation of some of our framed crayon portraits. Of course, there is the on-going effort to catalog our artifacts and ephemera and format it all digitally so that it is an easier research tool and we anticipate this information to be available via an on-line database. A significant portion of new information that we collect every year are the Living History interviews conducted by some of our members and volunteers which highlight the township’s citizens.

This 2013 year is the society’s 40th anniversary! Look for forthcoming information on a birthday bash and exhibit in September. We invite you to contact the society’s office should you have questions or would like to join our membership at 251-5788 or johnsburghistory@gmail.com.

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