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Emphemera Abounds, And Much More

Emphemera Abounds, And Much More

Wife Barbara tends their booth while Will Monie of Willis Monie Books, Cooperstown, left, takes a break to examine GOHS Executive Director
Bob Brzozowski’s offerings during the Greater Oneonta Historical Society’s 15th annual Postcard, Book & Ephemera Show & Sale Saturday, April 13,
at Elm Park Methodist Church in Oneonta. (Jim Kevlin/
Historian To City: Repair Scatchard Monument


Historian: Repair Statue

Honoring WWI Heroine

Historian Robert Calendresa points to a slide of the Ethel Scatchard Memorial in Neahwa Park this afternoon during a lecture on her life, sponsored by the Greater Oneonta Historical Society. Scatchard, an Oneonta native, died of pneumonia on Feb. 11, 1919, at age 32 in Paris, where she was working at a Red Cross Canteen. As part of the talk, he urged the city to put aside funds to fix the monument, which has fallen into disrepair. “We owe this to Ethel,” he said. (Ian Austin/
I’d Buy That For a Dollar!

‘I’d Buy That 

For A Dollar!’

Historical Advertising Focus

Of Newest GOHS Exhibit

Tom Heitz, local historian and volunteer at the Greater Oneonta Historical Society shows off some of the scores of historical advertisements on display at GOHS’s newest exhibit Oneonta Commercial Advertising: From the 1850’s to the New Millennium. The exhibit pulled from a collection of nearly 700 ads from the archives of the Oneonta Herald and other local papers from The Fenimore Art Museum microfilm collection. “We all sat down and went through them to pick out what we thought were the best ones.” said Heitz. The exhibit is presented in chronological order so trends in advertising can be seen through the decades. A reception will be held 2-4 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 2 at GOHS. (Ian Austin/

Oneonta Photographers Exhibit On Display At City Hall

Oneonta Photography Exhibit

Now On Display At City Hall

Wayne Wright, the Greater Oneonta Historical Society’s, shows off a two-lens stereoscopic camera that is featured in three panels from the “Oneonta Photographers, 1850-1900” he staged for GOHS during the fall now being installed in the City Hall lobby. The show features work from William Mereness, Perry Young and Howard N. Smith, who took some of the earliest images of Oneonta. At right, Wright shows Mayor Gary Herzig a stereoscope of the D&H rail yards. Stereoscopes, photographs, cameras and other ephemera will be on display through the end of March. (Ian Austin/

Slot Machine Stirs Up Bidding War At Auction

Slot Machine Stirs Up

Bidding War At Auction

Volunteers Taylor Knox, a SUNY Oneonta senior, and Brenda Korthauer, above, cheer as a slot machine, donated by Marc and Elaine Bresee, delivers a jingling prize, setting off a bidding war at this evening’s Benefit Auction, the Greater Oneonta Historical Society’s major annual fundraiser.  Inset right, Alan Michael Rubin, attending the event at the Qualilty Inn with dad Al and mom Michelle, signals his $560 bid and wins the apparatus, all for the good cause. Other items up for auction included a weekend getaway at a Lake George camp and a lamp with a stained-glass shade, courtesy of stained-glass artist Doug Halberg.  After a 10-year hiatus, Kevin Herrick of Lettis Auctions, who has rejoined the GOHS board, was the auctioneer. (Jim Kevlin/


Glimmerglass Film Days

Opening Night Party


OPENING NIGHT PARTY – 8 – 10 p.m. Traditional opening night bash for Glimmerglass film days. Features buffet, complimentary beverage, cash bar, chance to meet artists, filmmakers. Enjoy video, sculpture exhibit by Ted Lott and Yeon Jin Kim. The Smithy, Cooperstown. 607-547-8881 or visit

VISITING WRITERS – 7 p.m. Kick off writers series with fiction writer Stephanie King, interim coordinator of Hartwick’s Writing Center, award winning author. Celebration Room, Shineman Chapel House, Hartwick College, Oneonta. 607-431-4921 or visit

Fifth History Center Mural Unveiled, Completing Cycle

Fifth History Center Mural

Unveiled, Completing Cycle

Young Felix Palmer of Cooperstown mimics the pose he took for the photo that became the basis of the fifth of five murals for the Dietz Street side of the Oneonta History Center, unveiled this afternoon. The photo was taken when he was 7; next week, he turns 13. Also depicted in the mural are Felix’ mom, Angelica, and Gary Aney, Jordanville, a Farmers’ Museum docent who appears as David Wilber himself.   The mural’s subject is Wilber National Bank, one of the History Center building’s occupants over the 150-year history of the first brick building in Oneonta’s downtown. At left is artist Carol Mandigo, who created the murals with the help of a NYSCA grant under the sponsorship of the Greater Oneonta Historical Society.  Murals already completed are of Laskaris’ candy store, Gallin’s Jewelry, Brown Hardware and Joann Dress Shop.  Wilber National Bank merged into Community Bank five years ago,  (Jim Kevlin/

Fall Run Through Cooperstown


COOP LOOP RACE – 1 – 3 p.m. 5K & 10K race of moderate difficulty through scenic Cooperstown. Includes costume contests. Cost, $25/adult for 10K race. Begins & Ends at Clark Sports Center, Cooperstown. 607-547-2800, ext. 111 or visit

TASTE OF FOOTHILLS – 5:30 p.m. Enjoy dinner from local vendors followed by show featuring ‘extraordanist’ Craig Karges. Cost, $20/person. Foothills Performing Arts Center, Oneonta. 607-431-2080 or visit

Final Mural’s Unveiling Due At Oneonta History Center

Final Mural’s Unveiling Due

At Oneonta History Center Managing Editor Libby Cudmore and photographer Ian Austin were models for Brown’s Hardware. ( photo)

ONEONTA – Wilber Bank, the last of the Dietz Street murals depicting the five historic occupants of the Oneonta History Center, 183 Main St., will be unveiled at 2 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 3.

Wilber Bank’s first location in Oneonta was in the southwest corner of the first floor of Walter  Brown’s hardware store in the building now owned by the Greater Oneonta Historical Society. After a fire in David Wilber’s bank in Milford, his friend Walter Brown offered space in his business.

Brzozowski Named Recipient Of Annual GOHS Morris Prize

Brzozowski Named Recipient

Of Annual GOHS Morris Prize


ONEONTA – Robert Brzozowski, Greater Oneonta Historical Society executive director and past president, will receive the GOHS’ 18th annual Albert E. Morris Award for contributions to local history on Sunday, Oct. 28.

Bob Brzozowski and his family moved to Oneonta in 1996 from Milwaukee, where he was active in Historic Milwaukee, Inc. The Bachman-Brzozowski family joined GOHS in 2000.

In January 2003 the late Sally Mullen named him to a vacancy on the Board of Trustees.  In October 2003, he was elected president of the board and served in that capacity for five of the next six years.

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