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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: The GIG is meeting on the third Thursday of the month in September due to another Historical Society event.

Historical Society Exhibit Honoring Italian Founders
Opening at Brick Tavern Museum August 1

​A special exhibit and talk presented by the Schuyler County Historical Society are putting the founders of the county’s Italian community in the spotlight.

“Celebrating Our Italian Heritage – Honoring Schuyler County’s Italian Founders” opens Thursday, Aug. 1, at the Brick Tavern Museum at 108 N. Catharine St./Route 14, Montour Falls. The exhibit will be in place through Oct. 31.

The first Italian immigrant to Schuyler County is believed to be Albert Pecararo of Roccaromana, who settled in Watkins in the 1880s. Among his jobs was running the commissary at a laborers camp in Burdett for the Lehigh Valley Railroad, which hired many immigrants. The Italians also answered the call for workers at the two salt companies in Watkins.

The exhibit pulls from the Historical Society’s own collections, but the highlights are vignettes about 60-some of the Italian men and women who chose to live, work and raise their families here. The informational pieces were submitted by their descendants after an appeal to the community by the Historical Society.

The exhibit opening is timed for the annual Schuyler County Italian-American Festival at Clute Park in Watkins Glen, Aug. 9-11. A section of the display reports on the evolution of the festival, from a religious celebration in the first half of the 20th century to today’s hugely popular event that draws thousands to the shores of Seneca Lake.

The celebration continues on Sunday, Sept. 29, when Jim Scaptura, lifelong village resident, retired history educator and Watkins Glen village historian, discusses the Italian migration. The free talk will be at 1 p.m. at the Watkins Glen Elementary School auditorium.


Aug. 1 - "Celebrating Our Italian Heritage - Honoring Schuyler County's Italian Founders" exhibit opens. Free.

Aug. 17 - Walking Tour of Watkins Glen led by Schuyler County Historical Society board member Jean Hubsch. The tour will begin at 10 a.m. at the Seneca Harbor Park Pier. All are welcome. Free.

Aug. 25 - Walking Tour of Watkins Glen led by Schuyler County Historian Gary Emerson. The tour will begin at 10 a.m. at the Seneca Harbor Park Pier. All are welcome. Free.

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The audio tour of the Brick Tavern Museum is available on your smart phone as an app. Simply download the UNIGUIDE app from the Google Store and look for our tour as "Brick Tavern." 

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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.  

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Schuyler County Historical Society
P.O. Box 651
Montour Falls,  NY,  14865

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