Goodsell Museum 
 TOWN OF WEBB HISTORICAL ASSOCIATION
P. O. Box 513, Old Forge, NY 13420 ~ Phone/Fax: 315 369-3838
Museum Hours:  Tuesday through Saturday - 10am - 3pm  ~  or by appointment 

Press Releases - 2017

 July 5

A Town of Webb Historical Association presentation: The Thendara Historical District with Stuart deCamp. 

In 2010 part of Thendara was placed on the National Register of Historic Places. During his talk, Stuart will discuss the initial interest, municipality involvement, original submission for consideration and the eventual acceptance as an historic district. Topics also discussed will be: the history behind the history, what areas and buildings of Thendara are specifically involved, potential economic impact of preserving and embracing our history, and educating our younger generations. The presentation will be held at the Thendara Town Hall, Wednesday, July 5th at 7:00pm. For more information please call the Goodsell Museum at 369-3838, visit us on our Goodsell Museum Facebook page or on the web: www.webbhistory.org.

 

Walking Tour:      July 5

The Town of Webb Historical Association announces a hiking tour of Moss Lake on Wednesday, July 5th.  The group will leave the Moss Lake Trailhead on the Big Moose Road with Geof Longstaff as tour guide. Geof is the son of George Longstaff, former owner of the Moss Lake Camp for Girls. The tour will begin at 9:00 AM rain or shine and circle the entire lake. Mr. Longstaff will give the locations of former Moss Lake Camp buildings and relate the history of the camp. The tour is limited to 30 individuals and should last about 2 ½ hours. This is a free event, donations are welcome.  There will be another tour on August 9th.  Call 315-369-3838 for more information and to reserve your spot.

 

July 11

A Town of Webb Historical Association presentation: Stillwater Fire Tower: the Unheralded Historic Site in the Town of Webb.

Jim Fox, Stillwater resident and organizer of the 2015 Friends of Stillwater Fire Tower, will speak about the history of the tower(s), the 1882 benchmark and the tower restoration project. Previous attempts to restore the tower stalled in 2009, but the renewed 2015 effort brought the overhaul to completion. The Stillwater tower is one of 5 towers that were located within the Town of Webb. The presentation will be held at the Big Moose Community Chapel, Tuesday, July 11th at 7:00pm. For more information please call the Goodsell Museum at 369-3838, visit us on our Goodsell Museum Facebook page, or on the web: www.webbhistory.org.

 

July 12

The Town of Webb Historical Association presentation: Author John Taibi: Through the years at Fulton Chain Station

This PowerPoint program will embrace the past and perpetuate the memory of the mills, shops, roads, and residences that once surrounded the railroad's station and terminal. We'll reflect on how this community supported the Gateway to the Fulton Chain-of-Lakes, and how changing human desires and habits brought about a decline of the area in favor of nearby Old Forge, which could arguably be considered the more prominent when compared to the "railroad town." From the 19th Century, through the 20th, and on into the current era we'll look at Fulton Chain (Thendara) to remember, contemplate, and marvel at. John is the author of over 15 books on Central New York. He is a railroad historian and an avid collector of old photos and postcards and he lives in the former Munnsville railroad station. The presentation will be held at the Thendara Town Hall, Wednesday, July 12th at 7:00pm. For more information please call the Goodsell Museum at 369-3838, visit us on our Goodsell Museum Facebook page or on the web: www.webbhistory.org.

 

Walking Tour:   July 15:

The Town of Webb Historical Association announces a walking tour of Riverview Cemetery on Saturday, July 15th at 10am.  Town of Webb Historian Peg Masters will lead us on a walking tour of the cemetery, highlighting the Lumberjack Memorial and various gravesites. We walk rain or shine. The tour is limited to 30 individuals. Reservations required.  There is no fee, donations are welcome. To reserve your spot, please call the museum at 369-3838, visit us on our Goodsell Museum Facebook page or on the web at www.webbhistory.org.

 

July 18

The Town of Webb Historical Association presentation: Mitch Lee: Adirondack Storyteller.

Born and brought up in the Adirondacks, Mitch’s stories are told in “character” as you might witness events and lore happening right in front of your eyes. He is the Supervisor of an Adirondack Communities Parks Dept. and his illustrations and short stories are a column for

the Weekly Adirondack newspaper. For several years, he has been weaving together the lore and magic of Adirondack traditions through humor, awe and empathy. The presentation will be held at the Big Moose Community Chapel, Tuesday, July 18th at 7:00pm. For more information please call the Goodsell Museum at 369-3838, visit us on our Goodsell Museum Facebook page or on the web: www.webbhistory.org.

 

July 19

A Town of Webb Historical Association presentation: Early Camps and Hotels of Fourth Lake.

Author Bruce Bonfield will talk about camps, both public and private from the end of the nineteenth century to the great depression. Drawing from his collection of period postcards, photographs, brochures and advertisements, he will paint a picture of the culture and rapid rise of these camps. Mr. Bonfield is a 30 year summer resident of Fourth Lake.  His career spanned 38 years in Rochester, where he worked for IBM. He is also an avid collector of Civil War photographs and ephemera and has published 2 books based upon those collections. The presentation will be held at the Thendara Town Hall, Wednesday, July 19 at 7:00 p.m.  For more information please call the museum at 369-3838, visit us on our Goodsell Museum Facebook page, or on the web at www.webbhistory.org.


July 25

The Town of Webb Historical Association presentation: Commemorating our WWI Vets.

A century ago, from June 1917 to September 1918, scores of North Country native sons and woodsmen were among the 24 million males in the United States aged eighteen to forty-five to register for the World War I military armed forces. A slideshow, presented by Town of Webb Historian Peg Masters, will feature several of our WWI Veterans’ poignant stories and the events that led to the formation of the William Covey American Legion Post #893 in Old Forge. The presentation will be held at the Big Moose Community Chapel, Tuesday, July 25th at 7:00pm. For more information please call the Goodsell Museum at 369-3838, visit us on our Goodsell Museum Facebook page, or on the web: www.webbhistory.org.

 

July 26
 

August 1

The Town of Webb Historical Association presentation: Author Steve Braun: History of Dart’s Lake and Camp Gorham.

In the early 1870’s a poor fur trapper named Bill Dart found a picturesque, wooded point on a lake deep in the wilderness. With skill and audacity he created a world-class Adirondack resort. What happened to this mountain gem and how was it transformed in one of the nation’s premier YMCA camps? This story, spanning 140 years will be told by Steve and is based on his book of the same title. He has written over 8 books on science and medicine and has used his writing skills on a topic close to his heart. He is a former Gorham camper, whose family has continued the tradition, covering more than 38 years. The presentation will be held at the Big Moose Community Chapel, Tuesday, August 1st at 7:00pm. For more information please call the Goodsell Museum at 369-3838, visit us on our Goodsell Museum Facebook page, or on the web: www.webbhistory.org.

 

August 2

The Town of Webb Historical Association presentation: The History of the Rap-Shaw Club

1896 -1940.  The Rap-Shaw Club was founded in 1896 by a group of businessmen from Buffalo, Rochester and Elmira. The Club still exists today with headquarters on Williams Island on the Stillwater Reservoir. The story of how they met, organized, overcame challenges, and how they survived the burning of their clubhouse in 1939 provides a glimpse into the evolution of sportsmen’s clubs throughout the Adirondacks. Talk will also touch on the development of the Stillwater Reservoir and the settlements of Beaver River and Stillwater. The talk will be illustrated by a number of photographs from the Rap-Shaw archive not usually available to the general public. Speaker Ed Pitts, a retired attorney from Syracuse and local history enthusiast, has written numerous articles on the history of upstate NY and the Adirondacks. He served as president of the Rap-Shaw Club from 2011-2016. He is currently working on a comprehensive history of the club and the Beaver River area. The presentation will be held at the Thendara Town Hall, Wednesday, August 2nd at 7:00pm. For more information please call the Goodsell Museum at 369-3838, visit us on our Goodsell Museum Facebook page, or on the web: www.webbhistory.org.

 

August 8

The Town of Webb Historical Association presentation: Boreal Birds and Warblers.

Everybody’s favorite woodsman, and New York State Outdoorsmen Hall of Famer, Gary Lee,
will speak about the Adirondacks boreal forest, its songbirds and waterfowl. Lee is retired from the NYS Forest Rangers, most of those years spent in the Limekiln Lake and Moose River Plains area. In addition, he is known for search and rescue operations, firefighting, and his many naturalist programs. He has been an outdoor writer for over 20 years and has been an instructor for trapper training and hunter safety. The presentation will be held at the Big Moose Community Chapel, Tuesday, August 8th at 7:00pm. For more information please call the Goodsell Museum at 369-3838 or visit us on our Goodsell Museum Facebook page or on the web: www.webbhistory.org.

 

Walking Tour:      August 9

The Town of Webb Historical Association announces a hiking tour of Moss Lake on Wednesday, August 9th.  The group will leave the Moss Lake Trailhead on the Big Moose Road with Geof Longstaff as tour guide. Geof is the son of George Longstaff, former owner of the Moss Lake Camp for Girls. The tour will begin at 9:00 AM rain or shine and circle the entire lake. Mr. Longstaff will give the locations of former Moss Lake Camp buildings and relate the history of the camp. The tour is limited to 30 individuals and should last about 2 ½ hours. This is a free event, donations are welcome.  Call 315-369-3838 for more information and to reserve your spot.

 

August 9

The Town of Webb Historical Association presentation: The Longstaff Legacy.

Geof Longstaff who has, for years, taken us on sentimental hikes around Moss Lake, will talk about his families Adirondack legacy. Geof’s grandparents owned Rocky Point and Mohawk Hotel. His parents owned Moss Lake Camp, Cedar Isles Camp, Camp Cascade, Dart’s Camp and Camp Eagle Cove. We will learn their stories, through photos and personal reflection. The presentation will be held at the Thendara Town Hall, Wednesday, August 9th at 7:00pm. For more information please call the Goodsell Museum at 369-3838, visit us on our Goodsell Museum Facebook page or, on the web: www.webbhistory.org.

 

August 15

The Town of Webb Historical Association presentation: The Earl Covey Story: His Life, His Buildings, His Faith with historian Dick Williams

. The Covey name is synonymous with the Big Moose and Twitchell Lake area and the buildings with Palisades siding. A Clinton native, Williams has written or edited six books on the Clinton and Onieda County area. He also writes a weekly column for the Waterville Times. He is the historian for both the village of Clinton and the Town of Kirkland. The Williams have owned a camp on 4th Lake since 1978. In 2014, Mr. Williams presented a PowerPoint on the War of 1812 and in 2015,  the History of Eagle Bay. This presentation will be held at the Big Moose Community Chapel, Tuesday, August 15th at 7:00pm. For more information please call the Goodsell Museum at 369-3838 or visit us on our Goodsell Museum Facebook page or on the web: www.webbhistory.org.

 

August 16

The Town of Webb Historical Association presentation: Verplanck Colvin: Father of the Adirondack Park

We will view filmmaker Bill Killon’s documentary that tells this story: Colvin was a lawyer, author, illustrator and topographical engineer who explored, surveyed and mapped the northern reaches of upstate NY from 1872 – 1900. His understanding and appreciation for the environment fueled his desire to protect the forest and watersheds. When the idea of conservation was in its infancy, he proposed a state park for the Adirondack region. Discussion will follow the screening. Bill Killon is a photographer and filmmaker for commercial, editorial, and cultural organizations including Adirondack Life Magazine, The Norman Rockwell Museum, and the Museum of the City of New York. As a 6th generation Adirondack native, Bill has a passion for the history and the folklore of the Adirondacks and upstate New York. The presentation will be held at the Thendara Town Hall, Wednesday, August 15th at 7:00pm. For more information please call the Goodsell Museum at 369-3838 or visit us on our Goodsell Museum Facebook page or on the web: www.webbhistory.org.

 

August 22

The Town of Webb Historical Association presentation: Adirondack Logging. Author William “Jay” O’Hern

 

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August 30

The Town of Webb Historical Association presentation: At Home in the Adirondacks: a History of the Iroquoian and Algonquian Peoples’.

Were Indians indigenous to the Adirondacks? How did their hunting territories overlap and did their contact with early settlers and sportsmen define their place in our history? How did they contribute to the cultural fabric? Those questions have been asked by many historians and thanks to the comprehensive study by Melissa Otis, we now have some definitive answers. We will learn stories of these two nations, the Iroquois and the Algonquians, their places and contributions to Adirondack history. Dr. Otis will touch on local history in the stories of Peter Waters and Nat Foster, as well as, the Dennis family. Dr. Otis, post-doctoral fellow at Carleton University in Ottawa, Ontario, is a native Adirondacker, growing up in Elizabethtown in Essex Co.  The presentation will be held at the Thendara Town Hall, Wednesday, August 30th at 7:00pm. For more information please call the Goodsell Museum at 369-3838, visit us on our Goodsell Museum Facebook page, or on the web: www.webbhistory.org
 




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Last Updated: April 25, 2017