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Canine celebrities talk set

Image of Colonel the Saint Bernard courtesy of the Chemung County Historical Society. (Photo submitted)

CANAJOHARIE — Kelli Huggins, historian and educational coordinator of the Chemung County Historical Society, Elmira, will speak on “Famous Fido: The Strange History of Early Canine Celebrity” at 5:30 p.m. on June 13, at the Arkell Museum and Canajoharie Library, 2 Erie Blvd.

By the late 1800s, famous dogs were all the rage. World-traveling “rovers,” mutts trained to act drunk on Vaudeville stages, and the canine film stars predating Rin Tin Tin are just a few of the dog characters who had bigger fan bases than some human celebrities, according to a news release. Huggins will introduce participants to the weird, but true, world of early dog stardom.

The program is free, but donations are welcome. For more information, email Jenna Peterson Riley, curator of education and public engagement, at jriley@arkellmuseum.org or call (518) 673-2314.

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