4 April, 2016

The first meeting for the year 2016 will be held on April 4 at the Bleecker Town Hall, 575 County Highway 112 in Bleecker. A business meeting will be held  at 6:45 p.m. to plan events for the year.  At 7:30 p.m., Rev. David Newkirk, retired, will demonstrate the making of a Colonial hearth broom using home-grown broom corn. All meetings are open to the general public.   Broom-collection-300x300

16 November 2015




The Annual business meeting of the Bleecker Historical Society will be held on Monday, November 16 at the Bleecker Town Hall on 575 County Highway 112 at 6:45 p.m.

Reports for the year and election of a slate of officers for the year 2016 will be held. All members are asked to attend to facilitate the the necessary mechanics of our organization.

Note that at the regular monthly meeting earlier in November it was decided to forgo our annual Christmas party.  In light of this, an invitation was extended to 
Society members to attend the annual covered dish dinner at the Church Hall on  649 County Highway 112 at 6 p.m. on December 19th.



2 November 2015

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Our November meeting will feature Hector Allen, historian of the Town of Oppenheim in FultonCounty, as guest speaker. Allen has been working on publishing the history of his town for the past several years. Finding that he had more material than was feasible for one book, he decided to print the history in two parts. 

 In 2008 he published “The Oppenheim Chronicles – Volume One”.  Volume Two is currently in the process of being printed.  Allen will relate stories pertaining to hotels, stills, and dance halls, etc. in Oppenheim over the years. 

The meeting will be held Monday, November 2nd at the BleeckerTown Hall at 575 County Highway 112.  Business meeting at 6:45 pm with program following.

5 October 2015

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The October meeting of the Bleecker Historical Society will feature chain saw wood carver Sara Winter of Bleecker as speaker.  Winter, a member of the “Chain Saw Chix”,  creates chain saw sculptures and competes in contests in the eastern US. She will display some of her sculptures and exhibit and discuss various chain saws that are used in her work.  Winter was featured as one of four Adirondack chain saw artists in the August 2015 issue of “Adirondack Life” magazine. Her work can be viewed on her Facebook page  NorthStarSculpures.

  The meeting will be held Monday, October 5th at 6:45 pm at the BleeckerTown Hall at 575 County Highway 112. Winter’s program will follow a brief business meeting. Meetings are open to the public. Call 725-6784 for additional information.


27 September 2015: Third Annual Fall Photo Fest

How does it work?

1. Bring your historic Bleecker photos/slides to the Town Hall.
2. Tell us/ask us about your photos: who, what, when, where.
3. We will scan your photos and return them with a copy on CD.
4. We will upload select photos to our web gallery.
5. No photos? Help us identify images, or browse our exhibits.
6. Enter our raffle for a hand-framed historic print of Bleecker.
7. Kids can make a Family Tree to take home.
8. Help yourself to assorted autumn treats!

Tuesday, 8 September, 2015: Let’s Go Back to School

On Tuesday, September 8th, at 6:45 pm, the Bleecker Historical Society will meet at the home of Eliza Darling on Washburn Road in Benson, New York. Darling and her husband live in the remodeled District No. 3 School house for Benson. Prior to its construction, pupils from upper Benson attended a school in nearby Bleecker. When Benson's District No. 3 School was built circa 1851, pupils from both towns attended. Technically, the school was located in the Town of Hope until the formal creation of the Town of Benson in 1860.

Darling will present a history of the school and surrounding area following a brief business meeting. Meetings are open to the public. It is suggested that you bring a lawn chair with you. 


3 August 2015: History of the Mohawk Transportation Corridor

https://i0.wp.com/www.eriecanal.org/images/east-1/MohawkValley-1905c.jpgScott Haefner, director/curator of Old Fort Hunter, New York State historic site, will be the guest speaker at the August 3rd meeting. His topic is the history of the Mohawk Valley as transportation corridor over the years. This water highway has been fought over by the Dutch, French and English over centuries for control of the American continent. From earliest Indian pathways through turnpikes, canals, railroads, and superhighways, his talk will cover the importance of this corridor to both New York State and the nation. Please join us at the Bleecker Town Hall on 3 August at 6:45pm for Scott's talk.

6 April: Traditional Soap-Making

Our speaker for April 6th will be Reverend David Newkirk, talking on soap-making the old fashioned way using fats, lye and soft water. Reverend Newkirk is retired pastor who served for over 20 years at Bleecker Community Church. He enjoys the old time crafts and made and sold his soap for many years. Reverend Newkirk and his wife reside in Gloversville. Our meeting will begin at 6:45pm at the Bleecker Town Hall.

14 December: Christmas Open House

Join us on Sunday 14 December 2014 for our annual Chrismtas Open House! This year we celebrate a musical Christmas with folk band Penny Jar, a Fulton County-based, five-member band who between them play more than twenty instruments! Penny Jar describe themselves as "folk-clectic," covering international folk music including American, French, Irish, English, German, Canadian, Eastern European, and more. The Christmas Open House will be held at The Old School Museum at 114 Lily Lake Road in Bleecker from 1pm – 5pm, with Penny Jar performing from 1pm – 3pm. Please join us for good music and good fun. Admission is free and a selection of seasonal treats will be provided.

16 November: Annual Business Meeting

26024329_lPlease be sure to attend the BHS Annual Meeting at 7pm on Monday, 17 November 2014 at the Bleecker Town Hall. The Annual Meeting is one of our most important gatherings of the year. On this day we hold elections, vote on our budget for the following year, and plan many of our annual events. This is a members-only meeting and there will be no program; however light refreshments will be provided! Hope to see you there.