Historian to be honored

Gordon Cornell, village historian for Broadalbin. Photo submitted

BROADALBIN — At today’s Board of Trustees meeting in Broadalbin, trustees will be honoring village Historian Gordon Cornell.

The trustees will present Cornell with a copy of a resolution they adopted in September to honor his years of service to the community.

According to the resolution that will be given by village clerk, Sheila Bleyl, “The board of trustees of the village of Broadalbin does hereby pause in its deliberations to pay tribute to Gordon Cornell recognizing his distinguished tenure as village historian (July 2000 to Sept. 2017) and his unremitting commitment to serving his community and its citizenry.”

After 17 years as village historian, Cornell has resigned from the position. A new historian has yet to be chosen.

Throughout Cornell’s 17 years as the village historian he has been published in the Historical Society magazine, has done walking tours, collected several local historical artifacts and has helped people with genealogy.

According to the resolution, “Village Historian Gordon Cornell, has rendered faithful conscientious and exemplary service on behalf of the citizens of the village of Broadalbin, New York, over a distinguished period of 17 years.”

Cornell said he has been published in the Historical Society magazine, which is published quarterly.

“Almost every issue in the last 12 years, I have had an article in it,” Cornell said.

Cornell said he has helped several people with their genealogy.

“I help many people learn about their ancestors and where they are buried,” Cornell said.

Cornell said he use to take people on walking tours through the village.

He said he would compare pictures of village from the past to what the village looks like now to show all the changes that have been made in the village throughout the years.

Cornell said he has been interested in history for most of his life. He as collected several historical items throughout the years.

Cornell said he has his own collection of historical items in his home that he and his family have collected.

“I personally have done it for most of my life and my father did it before me,” Cornell said

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