July 1, 2011

The 154th Oswego County Fair opened on June 30 with fireworks and a parade. Throughout the week Half-Shire officers, trustees and key members will be staffing the Heritage building assisting people with local and family history projects.

On Friday July 1, the communities along the north shore of Oneida Lake will be spotlighted. Hastings, West Monroe and Constantia will be celebrated with local historians on hand to meet and greet people.

On Saturday July 2, we will celebrate the northern Oswego County towns that make up Half-Shire’s region as well as Osceola, Florence and Ellisburg along the borders. Historians and experts from Albion, Amboy, Boylston, Orwell, Parish, Redfield, Richland, Sandy Creek and Williamstown should be on hand through the day to assist with questions and research. Local authors are expected to be on hand from noon-4 p.m. to showcase their books and also to sign copies. From noon-3 p.m. the Sandy Creek post Office will also be on site cancelling mail with the special commemorative stamp.

Late Saturday night at dusk there will be a second fireworks on the grounds.

On Sunday July 3, we will mark Central Townships Day with a focus on the towns of Mexico, Palermo, New Haven and Scriba.

On Monday July 4, Military History Day will be celebrated in Heritage Hall with special exhibits on veteran’s research from early conflicts. Jerry and Lorraine Orton have been invited to bring their GAR and Civil War memorabilia collection and to meet with researchers.

Throughout the week there will be occasional roundtable discussions led by experts on local and family history. Tutorials on family treemaker software as well as its interaction with ancestry.com will be led by knowledgeable persons.

Scanning and organization of family photo collections, a tradition at the Heritage building will be done again this year by a crack team of workers. Call ahead if you have a large collection to bring in, 532-5919.

Across the fairgrounds there will be some great food venders and new entertainment. The 154th Fair is shaping up to be one of the best, please take some time to check out this great venue that still has free admission!

Half-Shire Historical Society will be reopening in our Richland building on Wednesday July 6, and resuming our hours of 11-4 p.m. each Wednesday, Thursday, Friday and Saturday. On Saturday June 9 we will be open in the morning but closed for a private gathering at noon.

Contact President Shawn Doyle for more information, 532-5919 or email us at halfshire@hotmail.com. Our website is www.halfshire.com and has links to our blog. Check us out on facebook to under halfshire.

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