Historical society meets

GLOVERSVILLE — The board of directors of the Fulton County Historical Society and Museum met recently to plan events and activities for their 2019 season. Among the highlights of the upcoming season are a series of events created to celebrate the Year of the Glove, which will commemorate Fulton County’s heritage in the tanning and glove industries.

The first event in the series will be the opening of the Hand in Glove” art exhibit, on March 28 from 6:30 to 8 p.m. The Hand in Glove exhibit will feature works from the Perth Academy in Scotland that were previously on display at the Scottish Parliament.

The exhibit is historically significant because Perth, Scotland has been home to glove making since the 12th century and Sir William Johnson recruited glove makers from the area to settle in Johnstown, launching the industry in this area. The event will also feature beer from Stump City Brewing, cider from Roger’s Cideryard, and cheese from Palatine Cheese.

Members of the Year of the Glove committee discussed partnering with Townsend Leather and other area manufacturing firms in order to illustrate how glove making in the 21st century remains a craft. The committee hopes to organize a four-hour trolley tour of the county, ending in a stop at Townsend Leather to allow members of the community to see today’s manufacturing technology firsthand. A date for the trolley tour remains to be announced. A growing schedule of Year of the Glove events is available at www.facebook.com/yearoftheglove.

The board agreed to continue its partnership with area historian Cynthia Morey to release a sequel to “A Pictorial History of Fulton County.” A retired Nathan Littauer nurse, Morey has spent hours over the past decade compiling, scanning, and researching historic photographs of leather making, sports, churches, and other cultural and civic institutions throughout the county.

As with the original “Pictorial History of Fulton County” DVD, half of the proceeds will be shared with the Fulton County Historical Society and Museum and the other half will be given to Friends of Myers Park. The board is seeking to find an area production company to begin production of the sequel DVD.

The board set a date for its longest running fundraiser. The annual ice cream social will be held on Friday, May 17, from 6 to 8 p.m. Tickets will be $5 each. In order to keep the event affordable for families, the board announced a new pricing discount this year where a pack of five tickets will be available for $20, a five-dollar savings.

In other business, the board again agreed to host children from the Gloversville Public Library’s Traveling Story Time. The story event will held on July 11 at 10:30 a.m.

The next meeting of the Fulton County Historical Society and Museum will be held on March 21 at 5:30 p.m. All meetings are open to the public.

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