Wednesday, September 23, 2015

Historical Society Annual Meeting

Annual dinner meeting will be held on Monday, October 5, 2015 at the Malone Golf Club. Social is at 5:30 p.m. with a buffet dinner to follow at 6:00 p.m. Cost per person is $21.00 which includes tax and gratuity. Please make reservations no later than September 30th. Checks should be made out to the Malone Golf Club and can be mailed or brought to the museum. Mailing address is P.O. Box 388, Malone, NY 12953. Please attend and support your museum society!

Basic Genealogy Course Offered in October 2015!

This course is an introduction to techniques, organization, and tools for doing genealogical research, including the use of and other internet sources. The course will be held from 6:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. at the Schryer Center, behind the House of History Museum on October 15, 22, and 29, 2015. The cost for this 6-hour course is $5.00, for materials, and the instructor is Carol Poole. Register by October 13, 2015 by calling 518-483-2750 or email at If you have been interested in beginning a genealogy search but don't know how, this course is for you!!

Monday, April 7, 2014

Franklin County Soldiers Serve in the Civil War-- 2 New Books!!

Northern Arms-- Volume 1 & 2 Compiled by Maren E. Dodge Miles for the Franklin County Historical and Museum Society. These volumes tell the tales of the Civil War and lives of Franklin County, New York, soldiers and their families, as told by the soldiers, their families, friends, newspapers, and local histories. The Regimental histories, officer’s reports, letters, diaries, memoirs, stories, photos and newspaper articles found in this book, show what life in the Grand Army of the Republic was like for our Franklin County soldiers, and what their lives were like during and after the War. The book includes a little history of the war, the soldiers’ own stories, and tales of court martial and valor. Artists and photographers documented all aspects of army life and took thousands of individual photographs for the soldiers to send home to loved ones. Each story is unique and told in the words of the soldiers and their families. The book is illustrated with photographs of the soldiers loaned by their families and period photos from the Library of Congress. Volumes 1 and 2 are now available in the House of History Country Store. Price $40.00, plus tax.. Special price of $70.00 if you purchase both Volumes!

Tuesday, January 28, 2014

Biography of Vice President William A. Wheeler

Herb Hallas, former President of the Franklin County Historical and Museum Society, has completed his book, William Almon Wheeler: Political Star of the North Country, which is scheduled to be released December, 2013, by SUNY Press This book is the first and only complete biography of Wheeler, a man referred to as "the New York Lincoln," who helped to found the Republican Party and build it into a formidable political force during the Gilded Age. Wheeler's life is an American success story about how a poor boy from Malone, NY, achieved fame and fortune as a lawyer, banker, railroad president, state legislator, five-time congressman, and vice president of the United States. The book is available for sale in our Country Store. Price $25.00 plus tax.

Friday, September 27, 2013

Book about Fort Covington

Jack Boyle’s book, Sunset on the Tracks: A memoir of family, friends, and special times in 1950’s Fort Covington will be an enjoyable read for any current or former residents of the area. We have the book in our Country Store and the cost is $30.00 plus tax.

Wednesday, June 20, 2012


The Franklin County Historical Society recently acquired some good 'ol heavy iron.  Nelson Fadden, of Malone, donated equipment used by his grandfathers in their respective professions. 

Part of the collection contains these shoe lasts and standard, which were used by Ezra Barkley of St. Regis Falls (the donor's maternal grandfather) who was at least a part-time cordwainer

Canadian Museum of Civilization's shoemaker's house exhibit
Colonial Williamsburg's shoemaker

Tuesday, June 12, 2012

Using a Watch as a Compass

From an old, yellowed newspaper clipping discovered recently:

"Vacationists in the Finger Lake region of Central New York, once the home of the famous Six Nations of Iroquois Indians, have devised a scheme by which a person lost in the woods or along some unfamiliar stream, may get the right direction, if they have a watch, as certainly as if they carried a compass.  The plan is now being followed by many fishermen and hunters in the Adirondacks.  The method of watch direction is described as follows:
     'By pointing the hour hand of your watch to the sun, the south may be found exactly halfway between the hour and the numeral 12 on the dial.  For example suppose that it is 4 o'clock.  Point the hand indicating 4 to the sun and 2 on the dial is directly south.  If it is 8 o'clock point the hand indicating 8 to the sun and the numeral 10 on the watch points to the south.'"