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About twenty souls braved an upper-80s, humid July evening to listen to Chuck D’Imperio weave more stories: Orrin & Shirley Stevens, Phyllis Beechert, David Rundell, Evelyn Jennings, Margaret Donohue, Bob & Marie Shaw, Ron Golden, Stephanie Ingalls, Martha Olson, Steve Wade (an long-ago Oneonta friend of Chuck’s who now lives in Colorado, or California, or someplace faraway!), Jack Long, Don Teator, and Bette Welter. And Bette was present in both May and in June. My apologies, Bette.
Chuck D’Imperio visited Greenville last June (for
those with Internet access, go to www.dteator.com/glhg/2013-06.htm for
that account), so we knew what we were getting ourselves into. I only wish
that more had come out to hear stories just as riveting, as much fun as
The starting point was the Walter Elwood Museum of
the Mohawk Valley. This, of course, led to a side trip to the effects of
Hurricane Irene, which roared through several of the areas after Chuck had
traveled, researched, and had written. Several of the museums to be
included in the book were damaged, and the publishers and Chuck agreed to
delay publication a year to see if the affected museums could recover. All
did. Except one.
Chuck continued, telling the travails of the Slate
Museum in Granville (Washington County) and how the only thing that saved
the building was its stone structure.
At the end of his presentation, Chuck asked the
audience to identify other unusual museums we have visited or are local.
It was an entertaining evening and the only way to recreate it is to visit another of Chuck’s lectures (he had been at the Mountain Top Historical Society – Haines Fall – the Friday before our meeting), or by reading the book. I do have a copy to loan in case you wish to borrow but I would encourage you to buy a copy and support a writer that supports local history. (On second thought, there is no way to recreate Chuck’s storytelling but at least the book gives us the content.)
Just for bragging rights, I ticked off the museums in
Chuck’s book that I have already visited: Iroquois Indian (Howe’s
Cave); Old Stone Fort (Schoharie); Hanford Mills (East Meredith); Trolley
Museum (Kingston); Gomez Mill (Marlboro); Purple Heart (Vails Gate); and
NYS Military Museum (Saratoga).
If I could mimic Chuck for one paragraph, it would be a Takeaway request—to write down your own memories and notes about a topic that is worthwhile noting and possibly overlooked. End of sermon!
Looking ahead to August 11, I will present, in collaboration with the Library, the third annual History of Greenville in Photos. This year’s show will feature those parts of the town that usually are not featured, are not well known, or have been forgotten. So, you will not see much of Greenville, Freehold, or Norton Hill; instead, you will see a little bit of everything else. If you have a favorite “little known” spot, let me know before the meeting and I will try to include it.
It’s a short newsletter for a change.