Half-Shire was founded on November 15, 1972, by six residents of northern Oswego County. They sought to form an organization that better represented the unique history of the northern section of the region. (The name Half-Shire refers to the founding of the country in 1816, settling a regional/political split by which the duel county seats were created: one at Oswego and the other at Pulaski.) In 1975, the Half-Shire Historical Society received its provisional charter. In 1978, the Society was permanently chartered by the New York State Education Department.
Since 1973, the group has used the former Hamlet of Richland school building as its headquarters. During the 1970s and 1980s the second floor housed many historic exhibits. During this time the building was not heated, and the structure deteriorated. In the 1990s, renovation began on the entire building. The first floor received new sheetrock and new concrete floors were poured.
Beginning in 2000, the second floor has been worked on one room at a time. Two of the four large classrooms were renovated and two more are under renovation. Two smaller second floor rooms are also undergoing repairs.
Meetings are held ten months of the year, March through December. Programs are conducted in Richland and at various locations, including the Oswego County Fairgrounds in Sandy Creek where Half-Shire has had charge of the Heritage Hall since the early 1990s.
Half-Shire produces a twelve-page, quarterly newsletter, and in partnership with the Historical Association of South Jefferson a quarterly supplement, “The Tug Hill Literacy Review”. The Society has also published four volumes in a “History of the Town of Redfield” series, a pictorial Arcadia Images of America series book, “Northern Oswego County”, and many small historical town profiles.
Half-Shire’s mission is to “Preserve, protect and promote the history and genealogy of the the twelve towns of northern Oswego County along with the Lewis County Town of Osceola and the Oneida County Town of Florence”. membership is $12 per year, $25 for supporting membership and $250 for lifetime. Tax-deductible donations are gratefully accepted.
Friday Noon – 4pm or by appointment
Closed Wednesday, Saturday and Sunday however, appointments may be available upon request for these days.
Contact Shawn Doyle at (315) 298-3620 or (315) 532-5919 for an appointment
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Founded on November 15, 1972; NYSED charter: Provisional-Dec. 1973; Permanent-Feb. 1978
Officers (2018-2020) with terms of office expiration
President (2020) Shawn P. Doyle, 85 Lake St, Pulaski, NY 13142 315-298-3620 firstname.lastname@example.org
Vice Pres. (2020) Greg Monette, 1847 Co. Rte. 6, Fulton, NY 13069 315-532-8265 email@example.com
Treasurer (2020) Betty Warren, 2785 Co. Rte. 2, Richland, NY 13144 315-298-2975 Bettybjwarren@aol.com
Secretary (2020) Fay Ann Colvin, P.O. Box 592, Brewerton, NY 13029 315-447-4270 firstname.lastname@example.org
Librarian (Appointed) Sharon L. Turo, P.O. Box 265, Sandy Creek, NY 13145 315-387-3112 email@example.com
Board of Trustees (2019-2020) with terms of office expiration
Albion (2020) Florence Gardner, P.O. Box 394, 312 Bridge St, Altmar, NY 13302 315-298-5723 (no email)
Amboy (2020) Lori E. Monette, 1847 Co. Rte. 6, Fulton, NY 13069 315-657-3579 firstname.lastname@example.org
Boylston (2020) Marcy Newman, 184 Co. Rte. 13, Lacona, NY 13083 315-387-5458 email@example.com
Camden (2020) Rebecca Kennedy, 4939 North Jefferson St., Pulaski, NY 13142 315-298-0120 firstname.lastname@example.org
Florence (2021) Doreen Tilton, 12334 Florence-Redfield Rd. Camden, NY 13316 315-245-2760 (no email)
Mexico/New Haven (2021) Louise Meyer 513 Co. Rte. 58, Mexico, NY 13114 315-963-3652 email@example.com
Orwell (2021) Rose Graham, P.O. Box 162, 1999 Co. Rte, 2, Orwell, NY 13426 315-298-2070 firstname.lastname@example.org
Osceola/Montague (2021) Leona Chereshnoski, 1075 Comins Rd., Redfield, NY 13475 315-599-8836 email@example.com
Parish (2021) Venita Ackley, 422 Kipp Rd. Parish, NY 13131 315-382-6529 firstname.lastname@example.org
Redfield (2022) (Vacant)
Richland (2022) Robin Philips, 102 Ivans Rd., Pulaski, NY 13142 315-298-7279 email@example.com
Sandy Creek (2022) Margaret Kastler, 1695 Co. Rte. 15, Lacona, NY 13083 315-387-5209 firstname.lastname@example.org
Williamstown (2022) Glenna Gorski, P.O. Box 54, Co. Rte. 17N. Williamstown, NY 13493 315-964-2393 email@example.com
Trustee-at-Large (2020) Barb Monette, 75 East Seneca St., Oswego, NY 13126-1123 315-343-2470 firstname.lastname@example.org
Trustees Emeritus Charlene Cole, 519 Co. Rte. 12, Pennellville, NY 13132 315-695-2820 email@example.com
Julie Robst, 1100 Druid Rd. East, Apt. 511, Clearwater, FL 33756 727-276-4375 firstname.lastname@example.org
Liz Grant, 722 Co. Rte. 47, Redfield, NY 13437 315-599-7735 (no email)
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