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Online ‘Lunch and Learn’ series

JOHNSTOWN — Fulton County Historian Samantha Hall-Saladino will host a new three-part online “Lunch and Learn” history series on Facebook.

The series was mentioned during her monthly report Wednesday to the Board of Supervisors’ Economic Development and Environment Committee.

“I now have my topics,” Hall-Saladino told the committee.

The “Lunch and Learn” series will be conducted at noon Wednesdays on Facebook. The schedule for this month is: July 8 — Fulton County’s Former Fair Grounds in Johnstown; July 15 – Rice Homestead tour with the Mayfield Historical Society; and July 22 — Explore the Colonial Cemetery in Johnstown. They will be broadcast on the Fulton County historian’s Facebook page — facebook.com/fultoncountyhistorian.

Each presentation will feature a different location, person or aspect of Fulton County history, Hall-Saladino said. Each program will last about 20 to 30 minutes with “the idea that people on their lunch breaks can tune in to explore our community’s history,” she said.

Hall-Saladino said she is hoping to reach out to some of the local historical societies for their help with the series.

Elsewhere in her report:

∫ Hall-Saladino recounted she hosted a virtual presentation about “Prohibition in Fulton County” June 10 to about 10 participants on Zoom. But she said she found audiences tend to be more “comfortable” watching on Facebook.

“Moving forward I will stream virtual programs on the historian’s Facebook page,” Hall-Saladino said. “This also allows for later viewing, as live streams can be saved as videos and remain on the page.”

She said the next presentation will be “History MythBusters: Fulton County Tall Tales,” at 6:30 p.m. July 28.

∫ Members of the Association of Public Historians of NYS Board met June 19 via Zoom to discuss its virtual free 2020 conference set for the fall.

“I’m helping to organize that a little bit,” she said.

∫ A new blog post, “The Spaghetti House Shooting,” is available on: fultoncountyhistorian.wordpress.com. Hall-Saladino said the post is an account of a 1920s murder at a Gloversville area Italian restaurant. The blog recounts the Jan. 22, 1921 trial of James “Silk Shirt Jimmie” Palmiere.

∫ Hall-Saladino reported that programs previously scheduled for the Johnstown Public Library are currently postponed and information about future presentations will be announced as the library its reopening process.

County Administrative Officer Jon Stead asked Hall-Saladino if the Fulton County Museum in Gloversville can be opened up this summer for tours by county supervisors. She said she would look into arranging those.

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

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