Colchester History Connections Newsletter
December 1, 2011 Colchester Historical Society,
Box 112, Downsville, New York 13755
Volume 1, Issue
Preserving the history of Downsville, Corbett, Shinhopple, Horton and
CHS Makes Strides
We have had a busy
year! Our Historical Society Room in the basement level of Colchester
Town Hall has been re-organized; cleaned and new displays have been
created to showcase the wonderful information and artifacts from our
collections. Members have volunteered their time to give CHS a whole new
look. This has been accomplished through their commitments to monthly
work bees. We hope that you will visit us and we know you will be pleased
with our progress. 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.
We had a very
successful Open House in May with displays that featured the 36 One Room
School Houses in Colchester and a special display to celebrate the 150th
anniversary of the Civil War. Over three hundred and sixty men from
Colchester served in the Civil War. A catalog of information about our
Civil War veterans has been created using Muster Rolls, Draft, and Pension
and GAR records. This will be a helpful resource for researchers and for
our community members who would like to research their ancestors who
served in this conflict. The Civil War display will be on exhibit on the
main floor of the Town Hall until the end of January 2012; please stop by
and take a look.
Maple Leaf Festival
The October Maple Leaf
Festival drew crowds around our table at the Downsville Fire Hall. This
Festival gave us an opportunity to bring part of our photograph and
postcard collection to share with the community. People gathered around
our screen which featured vintage photographs from all our villages plus
albums of photographs showing the various floods from 1897 to 2011 and a
large collection of photographs that documented the construction of the
Family History Detectives
continues to be very popular. Town Historian, Kay Parisi-Hampel and our
members have helped over fifty people play “History Detectives”, using our
collections to track down information to answer questions on their family
and our town history. Questions come to us from our website (www.colchesterhistoricalsociety.org)
and from direct contact with the Town Historian. These requests come from
all over the United States and this year we have also had visitors from
Florida, Texas, Ohio, Missouri, New Jersey, California and Puerto Rico.
These visitors have stayed in local motels and B & B’s and has supported
our local economy while enjoying their historical exploration vacations.
We have enjoyed meeting these visitors and appreciated their enthusiasm
for our collections and their generous sharing of their research which we
can add to our files.
Florida visitor Ginger Downs researching the Downs
Family The Dooley’s from California research
the Liddle family history.
We appreciate the
generous donations this year of the papers from the estate of Tom and Jane
Flannery; a Downs House Hotel Register from 1863-64 a gift from Jody
Elmore and the sharing of photographs from the Klindts Garage, Airport and
the 1940 flood, as well as D&E Railroad items from Gary Klindt’s
collection. Do you have family papers, photographs, deeds or other items
from Colchester that you would be willing to share? We have purchased a
hand-held scanner that can scan items that you want to keep in your family
archives. Please consider donating items to our Society and we will
preserve them for future generations.
This year we have
cataloged our large photograph and postcard collections of over 500 images
into subject albums and this provides a visual history of our villages and
events of our town. We continue to add to our genealogy files and our
obituary files are being expanded and updated. Our visitors have found
these files to be a very valuable resource for their research. Our
scrapbook collection of Town history articles has been separated and
preserved and arranged by subjects.
Our on-going projects for the next year will be the revision of our
By-Laws, creation of historical signs to be placed throughout our
villages, updating our website, the creation of an Emergency Management
Plan; researching specific topics about Colchester and collecting,
cataloging and preservation of Colchester’s history.
January 18 and February 15, 2012 Work Bees starting at 10 AM--CHS Room
basement of Town Hall.
March 27, 2012 at 10 A.M. April 24, 2012
at 7 P.M. May 29, 2012 at 10 A.M.
June 26, 2012 at 7 P.M.
July 31, 2012 at 10 A.M. August 28, 2012 at 7
September 25, 2012 at 10 A.M. October 30, 2012 at
7 P.M. November 27, 2012 at 10 A.M.
December 18, 2012 at 10 A.M.