‘Year of the Glove’ making progress

The event will begin in March and will celebrate the glove industries’ impact on the region

JOHNSTOWN — Fulton County Historian Samantha Hall-Saladino and the Fulton County Museum continue planning a local “Year of the Glove” celebration for 2019, which kicks off next March.

Hall-Saladino recently told the county Board of Supervisors’ Economic Development and Environment Committee that organizers of a year-long celebration in 2019 for “Year of the Glove” conducted a planning meeting July 24.

She said the “opening kickoff reception” will be the evening of March 28, 2019. She said a “snow date” of April 4, 2019 was set.

Hall-Saladino said the reception will feature a “Hand In Glove” art show consisting of work created by students in Perth, Scotland, as well as complimenting historical artifacts from the collection of the Fulton County Museum in Gloversville.

“This event will address the question — ‘Why Perth?,’ bringing attention to the earlier history of the glove industry and the local community’s connections with glovemakers in Europe,” Hall-Saladino said.

Gloversville native Thomas Ruller, a New York state archivist, will provide opening remarks at the reception. He will also provide an overview of the history of the glove industry.

Hall-Saladino said the reception will be open to the public, with more details to follow.

She said a letter will be going out soon to area historical societies, municipal historians and other local groups to request they participate in the “Year of the Glove” celebration by presenting related events.

When the event was first publicly announced in late February, Hall-Saladino said experts believe Sir William Johnson recruited glovemakers from the Perth, Scotland area to settle in Johnstown.

She also said that in conjunction with the “Year of the Glove” celebration, her office was trying to obtain an Olympic glove made locally. She said the hope is also to create a giant glove to hang on Main Street in Gloversville as part of the celebration.

Michael Anich covers Johnstown and Fulton County news. He can be reached at manich@leaderherald.com.