The author of an upcoming biography of William Almon Wheeler, Herbert C Hallas, will be the guest speaker at the annual meeting of the Franklin County Historical and Museum Society which will be held at the Malone Lodge of Elks, 67 Elm Street, Malone, New York , former home of Vice President Wheeler, on October 6th. The meeting will begin with tours of Mr. Wheeler's former home at 5:30 pm with an old fashioned dinner, business meeting, and speaker to follow at 6:00 pm.
For the past six years, Hallas has been researching and writing about the political life of the former 5-term congressman and vice president from Malone. Hallas has tentatively titled his book William Almon Wheeler: Political Star of the North Country and is currently seeking a publisher for it.
Hallas is no stranger to Wheeler's hometown having lived in Malone for ten years while he worked as an attorney and history teacher at Chateaugay Central School before retiring in 1999 and moving to Farmingdale, NY on Long Island. He first became interested in saving Wheeler from the dustbin of history while he served as president of the FCHMS from 1993 to 1996. A graduate from Yale with a degree in history, Hallas also has a master's degree in social studies from Wesleyan, and a law degree from the University of Connecticut School of Law.
During his talk, Hallas expects to highlight Wheeler's role in the construction of the nation's northern transcontinental railroad and the creation of the Adirondack and Niagara state parks, as well as Wheeler's work to advance black civil rights and promote local public education.
The entire meeting is open to the public. Anyone interested in learning more about FCHMS and Vice President William Almon Wheeler is invited to attend. Paid reservations of $15 per person (includes tax) should be sent to Cheryl Learned, FCHMS, PO Box 388, Malone, NY 12953 by October 1, 2011.