New director for historical society named


JOHNSTOWN — Part-time Fulton County Historian Samantha Hall-Saladino has been named the new first-time, full-time executive director of the Fulton County Historical Society.

Hall-Saladino, who started Thursday in the position, informed the Board of Supervisors’ Economic Development and Environment Committee of the position Wednesday at the County Office Building. She remains as county historian.

“I think this will really compliment my work as the county historian,” Hall-Saladino said.

According to its website, the mission of the Fulton County Historical Society — a 501(c)3, not for profit organization — is to “acquire, preserve and promote the history of Fulton County, New York and to convey the significance to the public with tours, exhibits, programs, and research.”

Among her duties, Hall-Saladino will oversee the daily operation of the Fulton County Museum in Gloversville and work with the museum board.

Hall-Saladino has spearheaded the “Year of the Glove” celebrations in Fulton County this year.

The Johnstown resident was appointed Nov. 24, 2013 by the Fulton County Board of Supervisors to be the county historian. As county historian, she gives presentations, coordinates the acquisition and retention of historical documents, chronicles important events and serves as a resource for local municipal historians.

Hall-Saladino holds a Master’s degree in museum studies from the University of New Hampshire, as well as dual bachelor’s degrees in history and English from Russell Sage College.

She has been employed as education coordinator at the Shaker Heritage Society in Albany. That experience included designing and implementing educational programs, workshops and lectures related to Shaker history and the society’s ongoing mission. Her most recent position was as executive director at the Albany Historical Association.

Hall-Saladino has also interned at several museums and institutions, including the Strawberry Banke Museum in Portsmouth, N.H., the American Independence Museum in Exeter, N.H., and the USS Slater in Albany. She has written and presented articles on a variety of topics such as “Rum and Rebellion: Taverns and Their Role in 18th Century New Hampshire Society” in 2011. She assisted with the making of a documentary film about the Great Sacandaga Lake.

Michael Anich covers Johnstown and Fulton County news. He can be reached at [email protected]

By Patricia Older

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