Historian attends improvement events

JOHNSTOWN — Fulton County Historian Samantha Hall-Saladino attended recent events regarding improvements to two historic buildings in the county.

She reported to the Board of Supervisors’ Economic Development and Environment Committee on Wednesday that she participated in a June 12 community planning workshop for the Gloversville Public Library. The old Carnegie library is currently undergoing major renovations on East Fulton Street.

“They are working on their strategic planning,” she said.

Hall-Saladino said the workshop helps guide the plan of service and strategic plan for the historic library building.

“Community libraries are important players in improving quality of life through their services, programming, preservation of history, and heritage and tourism,” she said.

Hall-Saladino said she also attended a June 11 public meeting seeking input for an updated draft master plan for the Johnson Hall State Historic Site. She said it was a “wonderful opportunity” for the public to share their ideas about the site – a “historic gem.”

“There will be more opportunities to participate in the process,” Hall-Saladino said. “But in the meantime, I encourage all who are interested to attend the site’s many events, lectures and programs that are offered throughout the year.”

Elsewhere in her report to supervisors, Hall-Saladino said about 100 people attended the June 7 showing of the film, “Harnessing Nature: Building the Great Sacandaga Lake,” at Gloversville Middle School.

“It was a great event,” she said.

The event was hosted by the Fulton County Museum, with support from the Fulton County Historian’s Office. The film was presented by Saratoga County Historian Lauren Roberts, Saratoga County Director of Planning Jason Kemper, and filmmaker Peter Pepe.

Hall-Saladino said this was the first “off-site” program offered by the museum, but the middle school was a “great venue” that may be considered for future events.

Hall-Saladino also reported she will maintain regularly scheduled office hours at the county Office for Aging/Youth building on these dates: Aug. 1 and 29, Oct. 31, and Nov. 19. She said additional scheduled office hours will be announced in advance.