Each Quarterly Newsletter is full of
interesting facts and stories about the history and people that made history
so exciting to remember in the Adirondack Region of New York State. Below we post
a portion of the current newsletter.
As a member of the Minerva
Historical Society you can receive your very own copy with the complete
text. Many folks have saved each issue over the years. They make
wonderful reading and reference material about the 'ole days' past.
From Newsletter Editor:
Barbara Curtis generously donated a shawl to the Historical Society. The
shawl is black wool or linen fabric and measures about 6 feet by 11 feet and
has a fringe. It is approximately 200 years old and belonged to Anna Gates.
Anna Gates came here from Hartford, NY in 1812 when she married Lenox West,
of the first settlers in the Minerva area. Barbara also had a tin type photo
of Anna which we took a picture of. Thank you Barbara for this wonderful
piece of history. We appreciate it very much.
Anna Gates West
200 yr. old Shawl
Our guest speaker at our January meeting was Marty Podskoch. We had the
pleasure of a visual and oral history of many of the Adirondack fire towers.
Life working on the fire towers was extremely challenging and very isolated.
It was a hardship that many of us could not imagine, but those who did it
seemed to enjoy it very much. I am not so sure about the families who went
along to spend extended periods of time in such remote locations, especially
children. Life was tough but the scenery was breathtaking.
There was audience participation by three of our local residents who worked
at the fire towers, Kerry and Joyce Killon and Dave Gregory. They had a lot
to share about their experiences and we all enjoyed hearing their stories.
We also had an impromptu play starring Bob Savarie, Ed Healy, and Dave
Gregory, directed by Mary Podsckoch, our presenter.
Thank you Marty, for the interesting presentation and to our very own
Minerva fire tower observers Kerry Killon and Dave Gregory.
A view from the woman’s side was a special treat as shared by Joyce Killon.
Kerry brought along his new bride, Joyce, to the fire tower on Vanderwhacker
Mountain. This was quite an experience for a woman and especially a new
bride, not your idea of a traditional honeymoon setting.
In Joyce’s own words these were without a doubt the best years of their life
together. Joyce’s story is the first in our new section “OUR TOWN”
which will feature articles by local contributors.
(See April 2005 Newsletter for more.)
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The Minerva Historical Society meets the fourth Tuesday of January, April, July and October
(depending on what day Halloween falls on) at 7:00 PM at the Minerva Town Hall with a guest speaker, program and
The Minerva Historical Society works hard for the community in many ways.
They give a substantial scholarship to a graduate of Minerva Central School each year.
They have an essay and art contest for the grades K-3 and 4-5, with money prizes,
and certificates to the winners each year They have a lecture program that is available every 3 months.
They maintain the cemetery on Federal Flats Road and the One Room Schoolhouse in Irishtown which is now
being renovated, and which was solely paid for with contributions from the local citizens.
The Museum also participates in the Minerva Day celebration each fourth of July.
The Museum is open Wednesday thru Sunday in July and August at 1 P.M. to 4 P.M.
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