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LOOMIS GANG COUNTRY TOURS & SUMMER FESTIVAL

LOOMIS GANG COUNTRY TOURS ARE BACK!

Our summer festival will be Saturday, August 26th! We will have our Loomis Gang Country Tours at 9:00, 11:00, 1:00 and 3:00 pm. The cost is $20.00 per person paid in advance. Tours last approximately 1 ½ hours.

Update: A 10:00 am and 2:00 pm tour have been added – call 315-202-4102 now we’re almost sold out!

 

SUMMER FESTIVAL IS HAPPENING TOO!

Reserve your chicken BBQ today for only $15.00Includes sides by Michael’s Catering: Crispy Fried Salt Potatoes, Bourbon BBQ Baked Beans, Greens and Water! 

Hotdog meals will also be available for $8.00Includes Chips, Cookie and Water!

Got a sweet tooth? We’re having a bake sale too! Drinks and snacks will be available too.

Call 315-202-4102 or email laurie.fuess@watervillenyhistorical.org to pre-order your chicken bbq before they sell out!

 

MUSEUM AND GIFT SHOP OPEN ALL DAY!

Our museum and gift shop will be open all day. Be sure to look over all our exhibits and enjoy the air conditioning. Loomis Gang books, t-shirts and more souvenirs are available.

We truly appreciate your support!

 

 

WINTER HOURS

Waterville Historical Society is open by appointment from January through March. Please contact: watervillenyhistoricalsociety@gmail.com to make an appointment or request information. During this time we’ll be completing many building projects getting ready for our spring opening.

PAST PROGRAMS

2018 PROGRAMS

Sunday, April 22, 2 pm – Wade Lallier, President of the Clinton Historical Society, discussed his new book on the Chenango Canal.

Wednesday, May 23, 7 pm – Janet Dangler of the Town of Marshall Historical Society presented the fascinating history of our neighbors, the Brothertown Indians, followed by our Annual Meeting.

Wednesday, June 6, 7 pm – Historian Gary Ford presented “Day of Days.” This program on the D-Day invasion covered both the military’s organizational miracle that made the success of the invasion possible, and some stories of those who went ashore that morning, including John Barnes, a local man who was in the second wave at Omaha Beach.

Saturday, August 18, 9 am – 3 pmAnnual Loomis Gang Country Tours, Summer Festival and Chicken Barbecue.

Saturday, September, 15, 8:30 am – 3 pm – Our refreshment stand at the Cruisin’ Into Waterville Basketball Tournament benefited the Society.

Saturday, October 13, 5-9 pmThird Annual Hop Dig at Michael’s Four Eleven Tower, featuring Michael’s famous beer-themed menu, tastings of local brews, music, hop displays, and more.

Friday, November 23, 6-8 pm – Following the Parade of Lights, we held a Holiday Open House and Arts Festival featuring work by local artists.

Saturday, December 1, 2-4 pm – Ladies of all ages attended our 16th Annual Victorian Tea.

2019 PROGRAMS

Five Sundays in March, 4 pm – Classic Film Festival at Hamilton Movie Theater, featuring films shown at the Strand Movie Theater, Waterville in 1935. March 3 – Goin’ to Town, with Mae West; March 10 – Roberta, with Fred Astaire, Ginger Rogers, and Irene Dunne; March 17 – Go Into Your Dance, with Al Jolson and Ruby Keeler; March 24 – Private Worlds, with Claudette Colbert and Charles Boyer; March 31 – The Glass Key, with Alan Ladd and Veronica Lake, 1942 remake of 1935 film with George Raft.

Wednesday, March 27, 7-9 pm – Going to the Pictures: Moviegoing in Central New York, with Mary Simonson, Chair, Film & Media Studies Program, Colgate University. Program on the history of local movie theaters highlighted the Strand Movie Theater at the Waterville Opera House and the Hamilton Movie Theater.

Wednesday, April 17, 7-9 pm – The Stafford House and Family. Mark Barnes, owner of the Aaron Stafford house, discussed the restoration of the house and his research on the Stafford family.

Sunday, May 5, 1 pm – Locust Lodge, a 1790s Brookfield Landmark, with Brookfield Town Historian Elizabeth Stalter; Annual Meeting and Election of Officers; Reception for retiring President Joseph W. Falk.

Wednesday, June 19, 7-9 pm – Madison Lake and Lake Moraine, with Jim Ford, author of a new book on the history of these scenic lakes and the recreational and tourist attractions that grew up around them.

Sunday, July 21, 1 pm – New Light on the Loomis Gang, with science teacher and researcher Deahnara Reagan, who is working on a book on the Loomis Gang based on her new research.

Saturday, August 17, 9 am – 4 pm – Summer Festival and Loomis Gang Country Tours. Open House, Chicken Barbecue, Bake Sale, and guided bus tours of sites related to the history of the notorious Loomis Gang.

Saturday, September 21, 10 am  – 3 pm – Cruisin’ Into Waterville. An Open House, sidewalk sale, refreshments, and a self-guided walking tour celebrated this annual Village-wide event.

Saturday, October 12, 5:30-9 pm – 4th Annual Hop Dig at Michael’s 411 Tower. Michael’s beer-themed grazing menu, tasting of regional craft brews, music by Mark Barnes & Friends, talk on the history of Waterville breweries by Daniel Shumway, author of Mohawk Valley Breweries.

Wednesday, November 6, 7-9 pm – The Underground Railroad, with Dr. Norman K. Dann, founding Board member of the National Abolition Hall of Fame, Peterboro, New York, author and authority on Peterboro abolitionist Gerrit Smith.

Friday, November 29, 6-8 pm – Parade of Lights Open House and exhibit opening, Historic and Scenic Landscape Photography of Central New York, featuring work by Bob Agedal, Constance Bocko, Pamela Brown, Jan Coffin, Sue Fryc, Jody Hildreth, Virginia Keith, and Zach Lewis.

Saturday, December 7, 1-3 pm – 17th Annual Victorian Tea. British-style Full Tea with Earl Grey tea and hot chocolate, finger sandwiches, scones with jam and clotted cream, and cookies made from recipes in the Society’s two community cookbooks, prepared and served by our Victorian Tea Committee. Music by The Blue Parsley Boys; craft demonstration, “The Floating Teacup,” by WHS Secretary Laurie Fuess.

2020 PROGRAMS

Saturday, July 25, 2020, 2 pmA Nest of Rascally Rebels: Scots-Irish Revolutionaries of Currybush, by Terry McMaster, independent researcher studying ethnic settlement patterns, family connections and military engagement in the Mohawk and Upper Susquehanna Valleys prior to and during the American Revolution. Hosted by the Village of Waterville at the Village Hall.

November 28 – December 12, 2020, Wednesdays 12-6 and Saturdays 12-3 pm – Holiday Hop Craft Show, a multi-site show and sale featuring hand-made items by Brookfield Artisans and Waterville artists and crafters.