Historian’s office open to public

JOHNSTOWN — The office of Fulton County Historian Samantha Hall-Saladino is now more accessible.

“I’m open,” she recently told the county Board of Supervisors’ Economic Development and Environment Committee.

Hall-Saladino’s office is located at the Fulton County Office for Aging & Youth, 19 N. William St.

In her monthly report to the committee, Hall-Saladino said visitors to the Historian’s Office no longer require an appointment, however, researchers looking for periodic information are encouraged to contact her in advance for a research request form. The forms are needed so that materials can be pulled and/or they can be directed to the correct repository for what they’re seeking.

The Historian Office’s hours are still Wednesdays from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m., with other times available by appointment.

Elsewhere in her report, Hall-Saladino noted “good news” that New York state Bill S4410A to create a statewide commission for the commemoration of the semiquincentennial of the American Revolution was passed June 8 by the state Senate and Assembly. It has gone to Gov. Andrew Cuomo to sign into law, Hall-Saladino said.

“Thank you to this committee and to the full Board of Supervisors for their support of the creation of the commission,” she said. “I’m looking forward to working with local historians, historical societies, and other organizations on planning local programming and events over the next several years.”

She also mentioned a website related to the American Resolution — america250.org — launched recently.

Hall-Saladino reported Anne Rappaport from New York Folklore (nyfolklore.org) reached out to her, looking for information about folk and traditional arts in this area.

She said Rappaport has spoken with historians throughout the county and is also interviewing members of the community. She said she passed along contact information for the Sacandaga Valley Arts Network, as well as research Hall-Saladino had done about the artists’ colony in Canada Lake in the early 20th Century.

“I gave her a list of some of the artists from the Sacandaga area,” Hall-Saladino said.

Hall-Saladino also reported on her Historian blog. She said the latest post is “Who Was William Tryon?” and can be accessed at: https://fultoncountyhistorian.wordpress.com/2021/06/23/who-was-william-tryon-part-1. She said part two was due to be published.

She said the blog has been a great resource for connecting with people across the country. She said she has received messages from the decedents of many of the blog subjects, including those of suffragist Lou Case, activist Adelaide Solomon-Jordan, and Vincenzo “James” Rosanno.