Half-Shire historical Society

November 18, 2011

The Society hosted a successful pancake breakfast on Saturday November 13, from 8-11 a.m. Our next event will be the free concert featuring the Salmon River Boys on Sunday November 20, 2011 from 1-4 p.m. All are welcome to attend this event which is funded through a grant from CNY Cultural Resource Council, NYS Arts Decentralization grant program. Soup and chili will be offered as well as free coffee, tea and lemonade. Come join us to hear some great traditional music by the renowned Salmon River Boys!

On Wednesday November 10, the Pulaski Retired teachers and School workers organization held their luncheon at Half-Shire. A very interesting presentation by Jan Tighe about her summer spent teaching in Hungary was given after the lunch. Some light genealogy research was done for those present by President Doyle and Erma Schroeder. Those in attendance were also given a tour of the building and a brief presentation by Half-Shire staff.

Sharon Turu, our Librarian continues to reorganize and better label the research wall. She has changed out over one hundred notebooks “right sizing” things and also color coding them. Our members who have been using the research area have remarked on the ease of finding things now. Lloyd and Celia Potter of Orwell have been assisting Sharon with re-binding items and bringing them back each week. Others such as Erma Schroeder and Nancy Smith also have continued to assist in these efforts. Work at the building in Richland will continue until mid-December when we close for the winter months.

Work continues on the 2012 calendar as well as the next newsletter. We expect to have both done by month’s end. We are gratified by the returns we have received on our solicitation for monies for the handicapped access project. Erma Schroeder, Phil Rombach and Shawn Doyle met with a representative of Victory Lifts in early November to get detailed cost estimates for the project. All monies received through December will be matched up to $7,000 by the John Ben Snow Foundation. Donations can be sent to P.O. Box 73, Richland, NY 13144 in care of Half-Shire. All donations are tax deductible to the extent allowed by law, and receipts can be issued by our Treasurer.

Half-Shire can be contacted at the above address, or on the web at halfshire.com or halfshire@hotmail.com check out our facebook at halfshire. We have a phone now, 298-2986 and wireless internet on site. We are open normally Wednesday through Saturday from about 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.