Colchester History Connections Newsletter
March 1, 2012
Society, Box 112, Downsville,
New York 13755
Our member volunteers have been busy at the two scheduled Work Bees, January 18th and February 15t.h. We attacked the boxes of assorted historical materials that have been accumulating in our storage areas. We spent hours sorting the materials by type, subject and into our separate villages. We found photographs, postcards, deeds, political and voting records, posters, advertising, service pins, personal memoirs, interviews and newspaper articles from the 1800’s to the present.
We are following the advice of Ray LaFever, Delaware County Archivist, by photocopying the newspaper articles. Why? Because today’s photocopy paper is now acid free and the paper will preserve the materials much longer than the original newsprint which contains acids that will deteriorate the paper. These newspaper articles are very interesting and really show the development of each of our villages. It is fascinating to see what businesses were in the villages, how people spent their leisure time, what the government issues were, what was happening at the local schools, how the weather affected the area, how the transportation changed through the decades and what impact the railroads and construction of the Pepacton Reservoir had on Colchester.
We hope that you will visit us and take some time to look through the village notebooks. The Historical Society Room is open the third Saturday of each month from 11 to 3 PM and also by appointment. Please call our Town Historian, Kay Parisi-Hampel at 607-363-7303 for more information.
Our monthly meetings begin this month; please join us in the CHS Room in the basement of Town Hall. The schedule for this year is:
March 27, 2012 at 10 A.M.
April 24, 2012 at 7 P.M.
May 29, 2012 at 10 A.M.
Obituary Files have been
updated. Obituaries from
the past can be an important part of present day genealogical research.
Genealogy has become an increasingly common pastime for many, and is
greatly aided by the Internet. Genealogy is one of the more common
online searches. Searching
the obituaries of our ancestors can lead not only to knowing the facts
about their lives and something about their stories, but also the names
of relatives, the place of interment, and more.
The names of mourners and
pallbearers, for example, could provide clues to family relationships.
Membership renewals for 2012 are now due, if you haven’t sent in your dues please take a moment and send your check to: Colchester Historical Society, Box 112, Downsville, New York 13755. Membership forms can be found on our website: www.colchesterhistoricalsociety.org or at the CHS Room, Town Hall and at the Colchester Visitors Information Booth on River Street in Downsville.
We would also like to thank Linda Mills for the donation of Digital Photo Converter which converts photographs into digital formats. This equipment will be very useful in copying photographs that are being loaned to the Historical Society and for converting our photographs and postcards for use on our website.