Historical Society Plans Theme Days At County Fair

Submitted by the Half-Shire Historical Society

The Oswego County Fair will be held Wednesday July 2-Sunday July 6, 2008. Daily Admission is still free.

Half-Shire has charge of the Heritage Hall as usual, and we have a full week of events planned. On Tuesday evening July 1, we will have our annual reception from 6-9 pm in the Heritage Hall. In line with the fair’s theme of Christmas in July we will be having a tree-trimming event. The public is encouraged to bring a favorite old ornament to place on our live tree in the center of the sitting room.

The following theme days have been assigned in order: Wednesday June 2: Oswego River Valley Day-Oswego-City & Town, Volney, Granby, Minetto, Hannibal, Fulton, Schroeppel. Thursday June 3, North Shore Day—Constantia, West Monroe, Hastings; Friday July 4, Military History Day.

Saturday July 5, (Legislators Day) Half-Shire Day–northern townships of Albion, Amboy, Boylston, Orwell, Parish, Redfield, Richland (Pulaski), Sandy Creek (Village, town & Lacona) and Williamstown along with neighboring towns of Osceola, Ellisburg, Florence Also: Local Authors in house noon until 4 pm for book signings. Special Postal Cancellation, designed by Heather Sweeting of Sterling will be offered from 12-3 p.m.

Sunday July 6, Central Townships Day: Mexico, New Haven, Scriba, Palermo highlighted.

Throughout the week each day at 10 am and 7pm there will be roundtable discussions on various topics. The topics will revolve around the theme days. On Wednesday morning George Wise will be on hand to discuss Volney History at 10 am. During Friday there will be a morning roundtable on the War of 1812 anniversary planning. At 7pm Shawn Doyle will discuss documenting revolutionary war ancestors.

On Saturday a morning roundtable will cover Richland revolutionary war veterans, and an evening one will cover Redfield memories and history. Other discussion topics will be scheduled daily. Civil War re-enactors will be mixing among the crown periodically through the week.

Throughout the week craft workers will be demonstrating lost crafts: Spinning, weaving, chair caning, quilting, scrap booking and basket weaving. Research opportunities will be available with Internet access courtesy of Frontier Telephone Company. We have hauled up literally 100s of files from the Half-Shire collection and so there will be a great deal on hand for researchers to work on.

Many new photo albums and scrapbooks have been added to the collection, a new addition is a large collection of photos from the June storm that cover Richland and Sandy Creek.

Half-Shire has a new web site up and running at www.Halfshire.com check it out as we continue to construct it. We also have our e-mail at [email protected] and our mailing address is P.O. Box 73, 1100 County Rte. 48, Richland, NY 13144.

fairHere, Sarah Conley of Fulton with the Friends of History shows an exhibit in 2007.