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The Schuyler County Historical Society depends on the support of individuals and businesses for our mission to preserve the history of Schuyler County and share it through events, exhibits and programs for the community.
The Society is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization. We will send a donation receipt for your records and a heartfelt thank you in response.
Please send your check or money order to:
Schuyler County Historical Society
P.O. Box 651
Montour Falls, NY, 14865
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~Saturday hours of 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. will begin on July 6 and continue through the end of September.
~ The Genealogy Interest Group will resume monthly get-togethers on Sept. 19 at 6:30 p.m. at the Brick Tavern Museum. Note: 3rd Thurs. this month due to another event
GALLERY SPECIAL EXHIBIT: A special exhibit about the one-room schools in Schuyler County's past will continue through the end of July.
Historical Society Honoring Italian Family Founders;
July 15 Deadline for Community Participation
An upcoming special exhibit and talk presented by the Schuyler County Historical Society will honor the founders of the county’s Italian community.
The first known Italian immigrant to Schuyler County is believed to be Albert Pecoraro of Roccaromana, who settled in Watkins in 1888 when he was 18 years old. He operated a grocery store and later a barbershop. Job opportunities would bring many more to the county over the ensuing decades.
The Historical Society will honor original Italian family founders in a special exhibit opening in August, in time for the annual Schuyler County Italian-American Festival in Watkins Glen.
The Society is now collecting information about the founders. A special form asks for information such as places and dates of birth in Italy and why the people immigrated to Schuyler County. A photo is also requested.
The forms are available at the Brick Tavern Museum at 108 N. Catharine St./Route 14, Montour Falls, and in Watkins Glen at the Hi-Lites/Daily News office, 217 N. Franklin St., and Jerlando’s Ristorante pizza shop, 400 N. Franklin St.
The forms must be returned to the Historical Society by July 15. The exhibit will open on Aug. 1 and be in place through the end of October.
Jim Scaptura, lifelong Watkins Glen resident and retired history educator, will discuss the Italian migration to Schuyler County at a talk on Sept. 29.
For more information about the exhibit and how to participate, call the Historical Society at (607) 535-9741.
July 20 & 28 - Walking Tour of Watkins Glen led by Schuyler County Historian Gary Emerson and others. The tours will begin at 10 a.m. at the Seneca Harbor Park Pier. All are welcome. Free.
July 26 & 27 - Community Yard Sale to support the Historical Society, 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. each day. Donations for the sale will be accepted July 16-24. No electronics, clothing or books, please.
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