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Town of Keene Historical Society

 

 

BEGINNINGS

The Town of Keene Historical Society came to life last November at a meeting of some two dozen local people interested in working to study, preserve and highlight local stories and people.  The group aims to build upon work already carried out by the Town Historian, the Keene Valley Library Archives, and the Adirondack History Center in Elizabethtown.  The group seeks to “promote the use of existing resources, encourage original research and recognize and celebrate the people and stories of our community.”

To that end, the new Society is sponsoring a series of upcoming events.  First, a May 19 celebration to mark the 80th anniversary of the first airmail flight out of the valley, from Marcy Field.  Second, a new series of cemetery tours, building on the work was done decades ago by Louise Gregg.

The new Society will also work with the Town Board and Town Historian Janet Hall to help make public archives more accessible to people who want to explore everything from family genealogy to iron mining, lumbering, and hiking.

This is a membership-based organization, with annual dues of $10.  We will seek registration with the New York State Board of Regents as a non-profit  society, but not to collect or store historic records and objects.   The Society will hold general meetings at least every other month, rotating among the two libraries, the Keene Valley Congregational Church and the Town Hall.  All are welcome to attend and join.  Look for announcements on Next Door Keene, KVVI, etc.   The Society’s address is PO Box 264, Keene, N.Y. 12942.

Provisional officers were elected in January:  Peter Slocum, President; Tony Goodwin, Vice President; Susan Doolittle, Secretary.   Flyers about the Historical Society will be available at the two libraries and Town Hall.

For the full article by Paul Martin on schools, click here

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STORIES AND HISTORY

Keene Valley Library and The Keene Historical Society are teaming up with Memria.org, an internet company,  to collect stories from members of the Keene community and making the stories available to present and future generations.   ………CLICK FOR MORE…..

Stories and History  Program May 17 at 7PM

at the Keene Valley Library

 

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HISTORIC FLY-IN

There will be a celebration at Marcy Field on Saturday, May 19th to commemorate the 1938 first air mail flight in the Adirondacks. The event will begin at 10:30. Bob Rose will take off at 11 a.m. in his 1949 Piper Clipper.  There will be an exhibit…CLICK FOR MORE…….

 

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80th Anniversary of the 1st Air Mail Flight from the North Country

Marcy Field on Saturday, May 19th   at 10:30 AM  commemorating the 1938 first air mail flight in the Adirondacks. Bob Rose will take off at 11 a.m. in his 1949 Piper Clipper.

 

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