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80th anniversary celebration of society at historic courthouse

  • October 25, 2019 2:55 PM
    Message # 8077257

    NORWICH, N.Y. – During early meetings of the Chenango County Historical Society (CCHS), preservation of a specific community landmark emerged as a priority.

    On Oct. 28, 1938, The Norwich Sun printed the following quote, attributed to James S. Flanagan: “In this old courthouse where we are now meeting, citizens of this county have gathered for every important event and public occasion.”

    In the summer of 1946, another article stated: Members of the Chenango County Historical Society will “oppose with vigor” any move to raze the present Chenango County Courthouse.

    To honor this enduring legacy and the 80 th anniversary of CCHS’s first provisional charter, a special celebration will be held at the Chenango County Courthouse beginning at 5:30 p.m. on Wednesday, Nov. 20.

    As was done in 1938, the evening will begin by singing “American the Beautiful,” led by a cappella ensemble the Blue Parsley Boys. The group will also perform “Yankee Doodle,” much like singer Charlotte Sliter did at the CCHS annual meeting more than 80 years ago.

    The celebration continues with a special tour of the Chenango County Courthouse, facilitated by the Hon. W. Howard Sullivan, Judge, Multi-Bench Retired, and the Hon. Elizabeth A. Garry, Presiding Justice, New York State Supreme Court, Appellate Division, Third Department.

    Everyone in attendance will be given a reprint of the Robert B. Ward illustration originally commissioned for the 150 th anniversary of the Chenango County Courthouse. Festivities will include an 80 th anniversary cake provided by the DCMO BOCES Chenango Campus culinary program.

    Following the 80 th anniversary celebration, the annual CCHS member meeting will be held in the historic courtroom of the Chenango County Courthouse. The agenda includes special recognition of Fred Lanfear and Kay Zaia, who have both fulfilled three, three-year terms on the board of trustees. Current and prospective CCHS members are encouraged to attend.

    “We look forward to honoring the legacy of those who have worked so tirelessly to preserve the unique heritage of Chenango County,” said D. Lukas Brown, CCHS board president. “Words cannot adequately express our gratitude to Fred and Kay, whose service to our community has distinguished them as champions of our mission.”

    While the 80 th anniversary celebration is free and open to all, interested participants must register for this commemorative program by calling (607) 334-9227 no later than 4 p.m. on Friday, Nov. 15.

    CCHS hours are 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Wednesday through Friday. For more information, call (607) 334-9227 or visit


    Caption: The Chenango County Courthouse stands as a testament to the legacy of the Chenango County Historical Society (CCHS). The community is invited to a free celebration of both local treasures beginning at 5:30 p.m. on Nov. 20. Be sure to register no later than 4 p.m. on Nov. 15 by calling (607) 334-9227.

    About CCHS: The mission of the Chenango County Historical Society and Museum is to lead and support the advancement of research, education, and enjoyment of Chenango County’s history and historically-significant assets.

    Chenango County Historical Society & Museum, 45 Rexford Street, Norwich, NY 13815

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