Historian’s report on ‘Year of the Glove’ presented

JOHNSTOWN — Presentations and a trolley tour were part of the latest “Year of the Glove” events, according to Fulton County Historian Samantha Hall-Saladino.

She gave her monthly report to the Board of Supervisors’ Economic Development and Environment Committee last week at the County Office Building.

“We did have our Year of the Glove Trolley Tour,” Hall-Saladino told county officials.

She said about 26 people were in attendance as the Fulton County Historical Society hosted a Sept. 22 Trolley Tour of Johnstown and Gloversville as part of ongoing 2019 “Year of the Gloversville” activities. She said the event was a sell out. She reported she served as the tour guide.

“We hope to do another one in 2020, hopefully with a different theme,” Hall-Saladino said.

The trolley tour traveled to various sites throughout the Glove Cities and then stopped at the Fulton County Museum in Gloversville for a viewing of the “Hand in Glove” art exhibit and some light refreshments. The last stop was Townsend Leather, where participants saw the Johnstown facility and learned about what a 21st Century business in the leather industry does.

Hall-Saladino offered thanks to the Townsend Leather, Johnstown Historical Society, Burk Inn, and the Drumm House. She said the tour was funded in part by Humanities New York, with support from the National Endowment for the Humanities.

Elsewhere in her monthly report, Hall-Saladino said she gave three off-site presentations in September. Presentations were on genealogy research at the Johnstown Public Library; history of Johnstown’s glove and leather heritage at the Burk Inn for the Johnstown Historical Society; and a history of the glove and leather industry and overview of the “Year of the Glove” for the Fulton County Retired Teachers’ Association.

Hall-Saladino said she attended Townsend Leather’s 50th Anniversary Jubilee Sept. 6 in Johnstown.

She also attended a Documentary Heritage and Preservation Services for NY workshop on “archives basics” Sept. 25 at the Fenimore Art Museum in Cooperstown.

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


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