Gilboa Historical Society

Gilboa Historical Society
The society meets at 7:00 pm at the Gilboa Town Hall on the third Wednesday of each month, March through December. The Town Hall is located at 373 State Route 990V, Gilboa, NY 12076 (across from the DEP station). We have a program and speaker at every meeting except for July (an ice cream social with live music at the museum) and August (a field trip car-pooled from the Town Hall to a selected area attraction).

Our mailing address is P.O. Box 52, Gilboa, NY 12076, and you can also contact the society at 607 588-7050.

Facilities of the Gilboa Historical Society

The Nicholas J. Juried History Center and Gilboa Museum are 2 parts of a dynamic learning center at 122 Stryker Road, Gilboa, NY 12076.
Note: Thanks to Hurricane Irene, Stryker Road no longer goes through from Route 30 to State Route 990V. You should navigate to Route 990V and pick up Stryker Road just to the east of the Schoharie River bridge.
The campus is open noon–4:30 Saturdays and Sundays from Memorial Day through Labor Day and Columbus Day weekend. We also host private tours for individuals, students, and groups. Email kristen.wyckoff@yahoo.com or call 607 588-9413 for these personal tours.

The Dorothy Cox Juried Pavilion is on our campus, the site for two annual celebrations (GilboaFest, and our Psychic Fair), and is also available for public use.

About the Gilboa Area
Historically, Gilboa and Conesville have three major attractions that are highlighted in both permanent and rotating museum displays.

  1. Gilboa Forest (http://www.gilboafossils.org/) was the first land-based complex ecosystem 385-million years ago on Earth’s only continent, Pangaea. The first exploration of this petrified forest was made in the 1920s by Winifred Goldring, and since that time, scientists have found Gilboa Fossils throughout the world in Venezuela, Ireland, and Eastern Europe. The Gilboa Museum has a permanent exhibit on Gilboa Fossils, and rotating exhibits on the evolution of scientific theory, new discoveries about these ancient relics, and fossil games for children.
  2. New York City’s Schoharie Reservoir: In 1916, the Gilboa valley became the projected sight for the northern-most reservoir in the New York City water supply. This resource is one of the smallest NYC reservoirs west-of-the-Hudson, and yet is fed by one of its largest watersheds. This combination of  early public works, environmental importance to the city, and having a compact area makes it ideal for historical and educational research.
  3. The Village of Old Gilboa: The center of Gilboa in 1916 was a large hamlet of several hundred homes, a large business and industrial center, and adjacent to 4 square miles of rich Schoharie valley farmland. Within a decade, this cultural center had been documented, photographed, and culturally archived before it was razed and the valley filled with water. Just as Vesuvius transformed Pompeii into a study of ancient life, Gilboa is locked in time, providing insights to turn-of-the-century life in rural America.

 

 

YouTube videos about the Gilboa Fossils OnlineVideos

Explore the History of Gilboa  with our Tourism Map. It can lead you to our battle sites, biking trails, campgrounds, cemeteries, churches, and cross country and hiking trails. It also shows the location of our fire tower, fishing areas, places to ride a horse or have a picnic. Speaking of food, we have a world-class burger restaurant, and last—but not least—the Gilboa Museum and the reservoir. If you want to print the map, use tabloid (11 x 18″) paper or pick up a copy at the museum or Town Hall.

Pictures of the Village of Old Gilboa:  Historian Richard Lewis has 8 x 10 pictures of  original buildings in the village—we have archived high resolution copies, and thumbnails  are online (http://gilboahome.com/ghspublications/villagepictures/index.html). Click on any thumbnail to see a larger, medium resolution .jpeg. Please use the back arrow of your browser to navigate.

Movie: A Fox News Movie from September 17, 1925, showing the center of Gilboa, New York before the reservoir for New York City. It includes bird’s-eye shots of the main street stores and houses in the town; views of the construction of the dam; men cutting stones for the dam out of a quarry; stonemasons shaping the stones; workers placing stones in the dam; additional scenes of the town; children running down the street; and the mouth and falls of the Manorkill River. Credits: Fox News (Production unit). Painter (Camera operator). Donor Twentieth Century-Fox Film Corporation. Copyright © University of South Carolina. All rights reserved.

The Gilboa Monitor was a newspaper published on Thursdays from December 19, 1878 to October 10, 1918. Lee Hudson has had our collection of these publications digitized—to date, she has located about 2/3s of the issues and we are now getting them on line (we’re up to the middle of 1880 and plan to have these issues all on line by the start of December).

  • Click here to read specific issues of the newspaper or read them in chronological order. They are arranged in annual folders, with each PDF file having a complete 4-page paper. This is a work-in-progress, so bookmark the site—we currently have 3 early years and the 2 last years on line, and are adding more as we collate them.
  • To search only the Gilboa Monitors, go to Fulton History’s index pages (this link will take you to page 7, and scroll down toward to “Gilboa Monitor).
  • You can make broader searches where Gilboa Monitors are integrated with millions of other newspapers at either FultonHistory.com or nyshistoricnewspapers.org.
  • These three sites and the New York State Library should all have the same publications—we are working cooperatively, but we are all on slightly different schedules.

GHS Audio Files of interviews and presentations (such as the update on the D.E.P. reconstruction at the Gilboa Dam by John Vickers) are available online at (http://gilboahome.com/ghspublications/audiointerviews/index.html).

Gilboa Historical Society Quarterly was published in the spring, summer, fall, and winter from 2007 through the summer of 2017. The archives below make all of them accessible for reading online or downloading and archiving at home. This is a free service of the GHS.

Upon termination of the Quarterlies, the society publishes a newsletter of current activities that are also available at this site.