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Half-Shire Historical Society

Half-Shire was founded on November 15, 1972, by six residents of northern Oswego County. They sought to form an organization that better represented the unique history of the northern section of the region. (The name Half-Shire refers to the founding of the country in 1816, settling a regional/political split by which the duel county seats were created: one at Oswego and the other at Pulaski.) In 1975, the Half-Shire Historical Society received its provisional charter. In 1978, the Society was permanently chartered by the New York State Education Department.

Since 1973, the group has used the former Hamlet of Richland school building as its headquarters. During the 1970s and 1980s the second floor housed many historic exhibits. During this time the building was not heated, and the structure deteriorated. In the 1990s, renovation began on the entire building. The first floor received new sheetrock and new concrete floors were poured.

Beginning in 2000, the second floor has been worked on one room at a time. Two of the four large classrooms were renovated and two more are under renovation. Two smaller second floor rooms are also undergoing repairs.

Meetings are held ten months of the year, March through December. Programs are conducted in Richland and at various locations, including the Oswego County Fairgrounds in Sandy Creek where Half-Shire has had charge of the Heritage Hall since the early 1990s.

Half-Shire produces a twelve-page, quarterly newsletter, and in partnership with the Historical Association of South Jefferson a quarterly supplement, “The Tug Hill Literacy Review”. The Society has also published four volumes in a “History of the Town of Redfield” series, a pictorial Arcadia Images of America series book, “Northern Oswego County”, and many small historical town profiles.

Half-Shire’s mission is to “Preserve, protect and promote the history and genealogy of the the twelve towns of northern Oswego County along with the Lewis County Town of Osceola and the Oneida County Town of Florence”. membership is $12 per year, $25 for supporting membership and $250 for lifetime. Tax-deductible donations are gratefully accepted.

Friday Noon – 4pm or by appointment
Closed Wednesday, Saturday and Sunday however, appointments may be available upon request for these days.
Contact Shawn Doyle at (315) 298-3620 or (315) 532-5919 for an appointment

The Half-Shire Historical Society

P.O. 73; 1100 County Rte. 48, Richland, NY  13144-0073

Phone: 315-298-2986; halfshire@hotmail.com   http://www.halfshire.com      Facebook: “Half Shire”

Founded on November 15, 1972; NYSED charter:  Provisional-Dec. 1973; Permanent-Feb. 1978

Officers (2014-15) with terms of office expiration

President (2016)         Shawn P. Doyle, 85 Lake St, Pulaski, NY 13142                                           315-298-3620      spdinpul@hotmail.com

Vice Pres. (2016)        Greg Monette, 138 Miner Rd., Lycoming, NY 13093                                    315-532-8265          moon2eye@yahoo.com

Treasurer (2016)       Anne LaDuke, 206 Halsey Rd., Mexico, NY  13144                                      315-963-7029                 ladukelea@aol.com

Secretary (2016)         Fay Ann Colvin, P.O. 592, Brewerton, NY 13029                                         315-676-2600     facolvin@windstream.net

Corr. Secretary            Pat Bellinger, Salina St., Pulaski, NY 13142 (appointed)                        832-875-7460 bellingerpatriciaRMMOC@yahoo.com

Web Admin                  Kevin Stewart, 3128 Co Rt 2, Pulaski, NY 13142 315-447-2881  junkyinny@gmail.com

Board of Trustees (2014-15) with terms of office expiration

Albion (2017)              Florence Gardner, P.O. Box 394, 312 Bridge St, Altmar, NY 13302          315-298-5723             anwalt84@aol.com

Amboy (2017)             Henry Piseski, 1282 St. Rte 69, Williamstown, NY 13493                           315-625-7945

Boylston (2017)          Half Shire Historical Society 315-298-2986 Halfshire@hotmail.com

Camden (2017)            Rebecca Kennedy, 4939 North Jefferson St., Pulaski, NY 13142               315-298-4788

Orwell (2015)              Rose Graham, P.O.  Box 162, Orwell, NY 13426-0162                                315-298-2070

Osceola/Florence (2015) Doreen Tilton, 12334 Florence-Redfield Rd. Camden, NY 13316      315-245-2760

Parish (2015)              Venita Ackley, 422 Kipp Rd. Parish, NY 13131                                            315-382-6529            ackleyv@gmail.com

Redfield (2016)           Liz Grant, 722 Co. Rte. 47, Redfield, NY 13437                                            315-599-7735

Richland (2016)          Erma Schroeder, 1185 County Rte. 48, Richland, NY 13144                     315-298-7709

Sandy Creek (2016)    Margaret Kastler, 1695 Co. Rte. 15, Lacona, NY 13083                              315-387-5209       kasterm@hotmail.com

Williamstown (2016)  Glenna Gorski, P.O. Box 54, Co. Rte. 17N. Williamstown, NY 13493                                         315-964-2393   glgorski@frontiernet.net

Trustee-at-Large (2015) Barb Monette, 75 East Seneca St., Oswego, NY 13126-1123                315-343-2470       bmone14159@aol.com

Trustee Emeritus        Charlene Cole, 519 Co. Rte 12, Pennellville, NY 13132                               315-695-2820  ory67kool1@hotmail.com