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presidents day

Did Van Buren Sit HERE?

Reprinted From This Week’s 

Freeman’s Journal & Hometown Oneonta

Innkeeper Asks: Did

Van Buren Sit HERE?

By LIBBY CUDMORE • Special to www.AllOTSEGO.com

Barbara Hall shows off two-seater where President Martin Van Buren may have sat in 1839. (Ian Austin/AllOTSEGO.com)

CHERRY VALLEY – During home renovations, Barbara Hall and her husband, Gary Lozier, found where President Martin Van Buren likely sat when he visited the village in 1839.

Not a chair. A toilet seat.

“The whole back room was garbage,” she said of the former Story Tavern, now her refurbished home at 171 Main St. “As we were cleaning it out, we realized the outhouses were there.”

Following his election as president in 1837, Van Buren came through the village in September 1839 to meet with his constituents, following a similar reception in Cooperstown the day before.

“The Village had a reception at the Story Tavern and he certainly had some nice fare and something to drink,” she said. “Certainly, he used the outhouse.”

HAPPENIN’ OTSEGO for MONDAY, FEBRUARY 17, 2020
HAPPENIN’ OTSEGO for MONDAY, FEBRUARY 17

‘Step Afrika’ Dance Performance

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PRESIDENTS DAY!

PERFORMANCE – 9 – 10:30 p.m. ‘Step Afrika’ performs dance that uses the human body as an instrument as practiced by traditionally African American fraternities, sororities and incorporates song, story telling, audience participation. Admission, $3/person. Hunt Union Ballroom, SUNY Oneonta.

George H.W. Bush Life Is An Example Of Simple Courtesy To Us All

Editorial for December 6, 2018.

George H.W. Bush
Life Is An Example Of
Simple Courtesy To Us All

When he was first running for U.S. senator from Vermont in 1974, Patrick Leahy, now eminent ranking Democrat and erstwhile chairman of the Judiciary Committee, used to joke, “Washington D.C. you can’t get there from here.”
Whatever way you look at it, it’s a long way from here to the corridors of power and vice versa. But it’s boys from cities and towns much like Oneonta and Cooperstown all over the nation who get elected president of the United States more often than not.
On Presidents’ Day for a decade now, this newspaper has celebrated points of inspiration and guidance American presidents can provide to those of us back home.

HAPPENIN’ OTSEGO for TUESDAY, FEB.20
HAPPENIN’ OTSEGO for TUESDAY, FEB.20

Brown V Board

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DINNER DISCUSSION – 5 – 7 p.m. “60 Years After Brown V. Board: African American’s In Education.” Reservations required. Chesebro Room, Dewar Union, Hartwick College, Oneonta. Call 607-431-4428 or visit www.hartwick.edu/news/hartwick-celebrate-african-american-history-month/

PRESIDENTIAL PORTRAITS – 11 a.m. Learn more about the artists who painted George Washington, Gilbert Stuart. Learn about the portrait in the museum, how it was painted, make your own version. Arkell Museum, 2 Erie Blvd., Canajoharie. Call 518-673-2314 or visit www.arkellmuseum.org/events-calendar

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