PULASKI – The Salmon River International Sport Fishing Museum will hold the first in a series of monthly open house events from 2 to 5 p.m. Jan. 19.
Michael Riordan, board president, will speak about the history of the B.F. Gladding Corporation from 3:30 to 5 p.m.
Refreshments will be served.
Riordan will discuss the nation’s first fishing museum and the growth of the Gladding Corporation from 1900 to 1985.
Items in the former Gladding collection are displayed at the sportfishing museum at 3044 State Route 13, Pulaski.
“In 1966 Governor Nelson Rockefeller declared South Otselic, the home of Gladding, as the ‘Fishing Line Capitol’ of the world,” said Riordan. “During this period of time Gladding would purchase companies like Magic Snell, Glenn Evans, South Bend, Horrocks Ibbotson and at least 15 other companies. If you enjoy history, you will enjoy hearing about this American company that survived several wars, the Great Depression and the challenges of a changing world.”
The museum will host an open house the third Sunday afternoon of every month.
Museum curator Fred Betts will speak about the history of the fishing creel and share his personal collection of creels on Feb. 15.
For more information call the museum at 315-298-2213, Riordan at 315-374-2997 or visit www.facebook.com/pages/Salmon-River-International-Sport-Fishing-Museum/152643681444857