PHOTOS FROM 2020
Top left: New Historic Marker.
Top right: Closeup of Historical Society Image on Historic Marker.
Middle right; Hansen’s Renett Sign on Loan from David Cassulo and Neil Rosenbaum.
Bottom left: Louis Baum Researching for “This Day in History”.
Bottom right: Old Bank Museum Historical Register Sign.
Top left: “Artist with Mask” Dr. Oscar Stivala*.
Top right: New Museum Sign in Front Museum Window.
Left middle: “Respect” painting by Joanne Morotti*.
Bottom row: July Board of Directors Meeting at Moreland Park.
*COVID-related art on display in museum front windows.
Top row: SUNY Oneonta Cooperstown Graduate Students with Historical Society Volunteers.
Middle row: Society Member Dick Gloo (Dick’s Wheel Shop)with Restored 1897 H.P. Snyder Bicycle, Closeup of 1897 Bicycle Insignia, October Board of Directors Meeting at WCA.
Bottom row: Dr. Erik Stengler with SUNY Oneonta Cooperstown Students at Route 167 Overlook.
Thanks to the generous support of our membership, the Historical Society fared well financially in a difficult year. Our income was $16, 553 and our expenses were $16,262, a surplus of $291 was realized. Our primary major expenses were: website reconfiguration and maintenance ($2700), roof maintenance ($1568), security system enhancement ($1275), and museum utilities – heat, electric, internet, water/sewer ($3700). Nearly 100% of our income was derived from membership dues and donations. No gift shop income was generated as the museum was closed. The Society also donated $250 to Preserve Our Past (POP) to help out with their restoration efforts of the Burke Park bandstand.
Additionally, we both refused the usual $1000 from the City of Little Falls and chose not to send out “soft reminders” mid-year to members who did not renew for 2020.
BUSINESS AND CORPORATE SPONSORS
|Adirondack Bank||A.M. Blask Realty||Bassett Health Care|
|Beardslee Castle||Bonita’s Sandwich Chef||Burrows Foundation|
|Canal Side Inn||Chapman-Moser Funeral Home||Copper Moose Ale House|
|David Chlus, Morgan Stanley||Dick’s Wheel Shop, Inc.||Dunteman Corporation|
|Empire Fiberglass Products||Fall Hill Bead And Gem||Feldmeier Equipment, Inc.|
|Floor And Furniture Restoration||Funtech Providers||George F. Aney|
|George Lumber Company||H & H Accounting And Tax Services||Harry And Kevin Enea Funeral Homes|
|Hummel’s Office Supply||Kress Physical Therapy||Little Falls Dental – Dr. Yallowitz|
|Little Falls Veterinary Clinic||LP Services LLP||Mike Evans Racing|
|My Little Falls, LLC||One Leaf Genealogy||Paca Gardens|
|PEMs Tool And Machine||Pohlig’s Enterprises||Price Chopper|
|RD’s Mountain View Trucking||Revella||Ruggerio’s Tretoria|
|Showcase Antiques||Stewart’s Shops, Inc.||Travelodge|
|Twin Rivers Paper Company||Van Meter And Van Meter||White Rose Bakery|
In recent years, the Historical Society has put together a number of meaningful museum exhibits and outside programs.
Our main 2016 main exhibit honoring the 1688 men and 69 women from Little Falls who served in WW II was extremely well received and our 2017 main exhibit on the 1960’s golden age of rock and roll in Little Falls was interesting and cool, but our 2018 main exhibit honoring the 136 Little Falls men who served in the Vietnam War and our 2015 successful effort to place a monument demarcating the African American section of Church Street Cemetery truly stand out. Honoring our community’s Vietnam veterans provided long overdue recognition of their service to country and resonated deeply.
The African American monument provides historical recognition for the dozens of individuals buried in mostly unmarked graves and atones in part for past injustice. What do these three museum exhibits and outside program have in common? Social history, the stories of a community and its people.
IN CONCLUSION, our board directors and officers wish to convey our collective gratitude to our membership for your ongoing support. We are fortunate. 2020 was a difficult year for all Americans. Hopefully, 2021 will bring us a receding pandemic, economic recovery, and a return to more normal times.
BOARD OF DIRECTORS
|BOARD OF DIRECTORS||OTHER OFFICERS|
|Louis Baum – past president||Anita Dulak – secretary|
|Jeffrey Gressler – president||David Krutz – treasurer|
|Scott Kinville – vice-president|
|Gail Potter||Ginny Rogers – website designer and manager|
|Missy Smith||Pat Frezza-Gressler – membership chairperson|
|Mary Anne Terzi|
Sadly, Historical Society members Louis Colangelo, Dr. Jack Connor, Colonel Anthony Gabriel, Mary Anne George, Christina Plant, and Roger Stock all passed away in 2020.
Little Falls Historical Society Museum Exhibits
Little Falls Historical Society Update
The museum will be open by appointment only beginning on Monday July 5. The museum will not be open for walk-in visitations at this time.
Appointments can be arranged by calling either Louie Baum at 315/867-3527 or Maryanne Terzi at 315/823-1502.
When calling to schedule an appointment, you will be asked a number of COVID-19 related questions. It is requested that only COVID-19 vaccinated persons call for appointments.
Museum visits will be limited to three visitors plus two volunteer docents to conduct tours. Masks and social distancing protocols will be in place during visits.
No public restrooms are available at the museum at this time.
We encourage you to stay connected with us online.
Little Falls Historical Society Museum
319 South Ann Street
Little Falls, NY
In case of emergency please call:
Jeffrey Gressler at (315) 823-2799
Louis Baum at (315) 823-0620 or (315) 867-3527