Historian helping with 2026 state event

JOHNSTOWN — Fulton County’s historian has been helping out on the state level for the planning of events seven years from now when the nation celebrates its 250th anniversary.

County Historian Samantha Hall-Saladino recently reported to the Fulton County Board of Supervisors’ Economic Development & Environment Committee that plans have begun to celebrate in 2026 the 250th anniversary of American independence from England.

Hall-Saladino said the New York state historian and New York State Museum have already begun planning meetings throughout the state to develop commemorative events and programs marking the occasion.

“I attended a planning meeting at the Saratoga Battlefield at the end of May,” she said.

She said the May 31 meeting was attended by other historians and representatives from historic sites, museums and universities.

Hall-Saladino called the 2026 planning event she attended a “great brainstorming session.” She said she also plans on creating a working group in Fulton County to start planning for local events for 2026 and beyond.

Also in her report to supervisors, Hall-Saladino said she submitted a presentation proposal to Researching New York, which is conducted every November at SUNY Albany. The proposed paper will explore the role of women in the glove and leather industry, she said. Hall-Saladino said she should hear more about her proposal by the end of July.

Hall-Saladino also reported on the “Year of the Glove” student art show held June 7 at the Fulton Montgomery Regional Chamber of Commerce in Gloversville.

“We had a really great turnout of students,” she said.

She said the awards evening began with introductory remarks by chamber President/CEO Mark Kilmer.

Awards were presented by Kristina Gillmore, owner of Ricmar Design and Print Shop, and Robert Best, a board member of the Argersinger Charitable Trust.

Hall-Saladino said art and essay winners were awarded a cash prize and certificate. The event was made possible by the support of the Argersinger Charitable Trust. She also thanked Patsy Suydam for coordinating the art show.

“We’re also working on a commemorative booklet,” she said.

Hall-Saladino said that the booklet, in the planning stages, will include images of the art show winners and its printing will be supported by the trust.

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

By Patricia Older

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