This issue of the Quarterly is a bus tour around the Gilboa Reservoir, telling of the history of the old village and the construction of the dam. Hopefully, you will find the issue of interest, but you can also use it and download the recording of the trip to conduct your own road trip at your leisure in your own car. Someone visiting? Download the Quarterly and audio and take your friends on a tour of our reservoir.
The topics covered are the importance of water in the Gilboa valley, insights into the selection of the valley for the reservoir, and a brief overview of the society lost when the reservoir was built, and various points about the construction of the dam, tunnel, and new infrastructure.
For you and your friends who might want further information: The Gilboa Museum and History Center will be open starting July 2 and continuing weekends through Labor Day, plus Columbus Day weekend and by appointment (607-588-9413). There will be two displays of special interest to readers of this issue of the Quarterly. One is a chronological history of the old village up until the October 1925 evacuation order. The other has thematic histories of the reservoir covering Why Gilboa?; Infrastructure 1915–1925; the Shandaken Tunnel; the Gilboa Dam; Reservoir History from 1927–2006; and a Prospectus for the future.
LaVerne Hubbard continues to develop the honor roll of everyone who has served in the military and has lived at some point in Gilboa . . . and we still find new names to add. Please look at it again—we are coming up to the time when a roster will be finalized, and WE DO NOT WANT TO LEAVE ANY VETERANS OUT!
Women Who Paved the Way is the working title of Karen Cuccinello’s new book. It was to have been strictly on the suffragettes of Schoharie County, but she soon realized that female activists in 19th and 20th centuries may have been of different generations and with different goals (slavery or temperance), but they were the same in their passion for civil society.
With this realization, the focus became the story of women who have changed political and cultural patterns, including more recent examples of women who broke gender lines and performed in fields that had traditionally been filled by men. Who were the first women to fill high positions in local, state, or federal government?
In this issue, she has given us a list of women with roots in Schoharie County that she has identified so far. Can you help help her add to this list with information or photographs?
The Quarterly for Spring, 2016 (the road trip around the reservoir) has an audio of the tour. Click here for the audio of the first half of the trip.Download Quarterly in PDF format