Virtual history program planned

JOHNSTOWN — Fulton County Historian Samantha Hall-Saladino will be presenting a virtual program on the county’s history Thursday.

She mentioned the upcoming event during her recent report to the Board of Supervisors’ Economic Development and Environment Committee.

Hall-Saladino will present a virtual program hosted by the Johnstown Public Library titled, “Peeks into the Past: Interesting Tales of Fulton County.” It will be at 6 p.m. Thursday on Zoom. Information on how the public can join is on the library’s Facebook page.

The county historian said she will explore some of Fulton County’s “strange and fascinating” history — from dead men returning to life to famous canine visitors.

“Sometimes fact is stranger than fiction,” Hall-Saladino told supervisors.

Also in her monthly report, she said a Revolution 250 Committee recently met virtually. She said a national commission looking into the 250th anniversary of Independence Day in 2026 is working only with states that are sanctioned.

“The federal commission will have funds that the state will be able to apply for,” she said.

Hall-Saladino reported about 10 people viewed a virtual presentation — “Haudenosaunee Women in the Mohawk Valley” — that she gave Oct. 21 to the Mohawk Chapter of the Daughters of the American Revolution. She said a large portion of the presentation focused on Molly Brant, an important leader in the Mohawk community and the common-law wife of Sir William Johnson.

She also reported she attended a press conference Oct. 1 at the Hudson River-Black River Regulating District offices in Mayfield regarding 15 new historic markers to be placed along the Great Sacandaga Lake. She said the project was proposed and completed by Saratoga County Historian Lauren Roberts, and funded by the Great Sacandaga Lake Advisory Council.

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

By Patricia Older