Historical society, museum board meet to plan events

GLOVERSVILLE — The Fulton County Historical Society and Museum Board of Directors recently met to plan events and activities for this year’s 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, according to a news release.

The first event in this series will be the opening of the Hand in Glove art exhibit from 6:30 to 8 p.m. March 28. 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 glovemaking since the 12th century and Sir William Johnson recruited glovemakers from the area to settle in Johnstown, launching the industry in this area. The event will also feature beer, cider, and cheese, each from an area business.

At the recent meeting, the Year of the Glove Committee members 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, culminating 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 https://www.facebook.com/yearoftheglove.

The board agreed to continue its partnership with area historian Cynthia Morey to release a long-awaited sequel to “A Pictorial History of Fulton County.” Morey, a retired Nathan Littauer nurse, has spent countless hours over the past decade compiling, scanning, and researching historic photographs of leather making, sports, churches, and other cultural and civic institutions throughout Fulton County. As with the original “Pictorial History of Fulton County” digital video disc, 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 commence production of this sequel DVD.

The board’s longest running fundraiser — the annual ice cream social will be held from 6 to 8 p.m. May 17. The 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.

In other business, the board of directors again agreed to host children from the Gloversville Public Library’s traveling storytime. The story event will held at 10:30 a.m. July 11.

The next meeting of the Fulton County Historical Society and Museum will be held at 5:30 p.m. Thursday, at the museum. All meetings are open to members of the historical society as well as the public.