The Schoharie County Historical Society Summer Lecture Series is set to continue on Thursday, July 26 at 7 pm with “Reconstructing Cobleskill”, presented by local author and historian Peter Lindemann.
Through the use of film and photos, Mr. Lindemann will explore the intersection of a mysterious old film and a lost notebook, set to the music of the big bands.
The film clips have been taken from A Main Street Movie, which was shot during the week of August 12, 1940 in Cobleskill and the surrounding area by a film crew from Lancaster, Pennsylvania. The film was presented twice the following week in the Cobleskill High School Auditorium by the Exchange Club.
Some of the film’s highlights images of crowds of people gathered in downtown Cobleskill; a new 1500 series locomotive; busy workers of the Van Deusen Dress Factory; a ‘fire drill’ at Harder Refrigeration; and as a bonus, visitors at the Old Stone Fort – when the exhibits were “interactive.”
Mr. Lindemann will also discuss the typewritten notebook titled Annals of Cobleskill which was compiled in 1960 by Arthur Van Voris, a former editor of the Schoharie County Historical Review. Only a few copies of the notebook exist in local libraries.
The lecture will take place in the Badgley Museum Annex at the Old Stone Fort Museum Complex, located in the village of Schoharie at 145 Fort Road. Refreshments and a door prize will be provided by Berkshire Farm Center and Services for Youths.
The cost is $5 and free for students and Schoharie County Historical Society members.
For more information, contact the museum at (518) 295-7192, or visit their website.