Fly Creek Historical Society Celebrates 25th Anniversary

Fly Creek Historical Society

Celebrates 25th Anniversary

The sound of Dixieland jazz was heard this afternoon in Fly Creek, as Cooperstown's Little Big Band performed at the Fly Creek Historical Society's 25th anniversary barbecue and celebration.  From left are Arnie Jungkind, Springfield Center, Karen Dunlap, Cooperstown, Sue Haggerty, Burlington Flats, Ed Badgely, Cooperstown and Zoe Stinson, Summit.  (Jim Kevlin/allotsego.com)
The sound of Dixieland jazz was heard this afternoon in Fly Creek, as Cooperstown’s Little Big Band performed at the Fly Creek Historical Association’s 25th anniversary barbecue and celebration. From left are Arnie Jungkind, Springfield Center, Karen Dunlap, Cooperstown, Sue Haggerty, Burlington Flats, Ed Badgely, Cooperstown and Zoe Stinson, Summit. (Jim Kevlin/allotsego.com)

Two Judys – Thorne, left, and Vidal, right – serve Little Big Band member Even Jagels, Cooperstown, at today's chicken and pork barbecue.
Two Judys – Thorne, left, and Vidal, right – serve Little Big Band member Evan Jagels, Cooperstown, at today’s chicken and pork barbecue lunch.
Florence Michaels
Florence Michaels

FLY CREEK – The Fly Creek Historical Association today celebrated its 25th anniversary, whose origins are credited to Florence Michaels, who served as first president in 1988.

An Otsego County native, Oneonta Normal School graduate and career-long teacher, beginning in a one-room schoolhouse, the society credits her continuing interest in education with the society’s founding. In addition to serving as first president, she wrote the association’s bylaws.

Other presidents present today included the current one, Sherlee Rathbone, as well as Peter Martin, the third president, who served five terms, and Jim Atwell, who was president in the late ’90s, when the society acquired the former Grange Hall as its headquarters.