SOCIETY EVENTS FOR 2020
MARTINSBURG HISTORICAL SOCIETY
6660 STATE ROUTE 26
PO BOX 17
MARTINSBURG, NY 13404
The following items were accessioned in 2020:
mhs2020.1 - Two Water Log Carriers used in the Hamlet of Martinsburg to carry water logs during construction of the original water line.
mhs2020.2 - Doll Carriage original to Jane (Burrows) Bush. Circa 1950s. Donated by Karen Morrison.
mhs2020.3 - Golden Wedding Anniversary phamplet of Stephen S. Kling and Ann Jennette Kling. Donated by Elizabeth Jones
mhs2020.4 - Photograph of 2nd Lt. Vernando Peebles of the 5th New York Artillery Regiment (Civil War). Donated by Bonnie Tarasek
mhs2020.5 - Collection of Artifacts from Wetmore Lumber Mill. Donated by E. Frank Kogut
mhs2020.6 - Booklet Entitled "Little Lines of Thought" by Julia M. Harvey. Donated by Beverly Evans
mhs2020.7 - Booklet Entitled "The Loved Hills of Martinsburg" by Violetta Hazen. Donated by Beverly Evans
mhs2020.8 - BiCentennial Quilt raffled by Ad Hoc committee and won by Mrs. Evans. Donated back to the Martinsburg Historical Society. Donated by Beverly Owens
The following is a review of other events of 2020.
SOCIETY EVENTS FOR 2020
Saturday, January 11, 2020 - Eight members of the society attended the annual meeting. Hamish Davey was re-appointed to a three-year term on the board of trustees. Officers elected for 2020 were James Lathan, Vice-president; Jerry Perrin, Secretary; Mary Kelley, Treasurer; and Nelson Schwartzentruber, President.
Eighteen people attended the open house at the Historic Martinsburg Town Hall following the annual meeting. A skit written by Kelly Adsit about the life of Martinsburg’s inventor, Walter Hunt, was enjoyed by the audience. The cast included Kelly Adsit, narrator; Wayne Overton, Worker 1; Terry Thisse, Willis Hoskins; and Janus Karelus as Walter Hunt.
Guests enjoyed touring the building, visiting and the refreshments.
August 15, 2020
The COVID pandemic curtailed the regular annual activities for the remainder of the year. However, we were able to accomplish a great deal. The Martinsburg Volunteer Fire Department held a carry-out chicken-bar-b-cue and silent auction on what would have been Martinsburg. The members very graciously allowed the society to hold a bake sale in the fire hall.
The society held a walk-through rummage sale in June and a silent auction in November.
Bette Lathan has written several articles on the History of Martinsburg for the history corner feature in the Journal and Republican.
The Town of Martinsburg Highway Department cleared and rebuilt the entrance road to the Staring Cemetery on Pansy. Doug Rook, and some members of the Staring family were then able to begin the clean-up work in the cemetery. Artisan Engraving will be contracted to repair many of the monuments in the summer of 2021.
The society has been selling many of its books through the West Martinsburg Mercantile. Books sold include: “The Road to Maple Ridge”, “Shadrach Snell, POW”, “Martinsburg, The Way We Were”, Volumes I and II, “The Diary of Seneca Benton”, and “The Murder of Charles Vincent West”. The society expresses appreciation to Kim at the Mercantile for promoting the society and its publications.
New members are always welcome to join the society. Annual individual dues are $5, annual dues are $10 and individual life memberships are $50. For additional membership information, call Sue at 315 376-0156 or Nelson at 315 376-2792.
Our membership year is from January 1 to December 31, so memberships are now due. Please make checks payable to Martinsburg Historical Society and submit with a completed membership form attached below. Thank you for your continued support of the MHS