History highlighted in upcoming events

JOHNSTOWN – The Fulton-Montgomery Regional Chamber of Commerce’s Tourism Department is promoting area participation in upcoming special state-designated weeks and weekends designed to highlight historic sites and museums.

Chamber Director of Tourism Gina DaBiere-Gibbs, in a report last week to the Fulton County Board of Supervisors’ Economic Development and Environment Committee, said the state is planning two separate initiatives.

“We’re encouraging all the historic sites and museums to participate in both,” DaBiere-Gibbs said.

She said the state-designated Path Through History Weekends are June 1-2 and June 8-9. As part of that celebration, DaBiere-Gibbs said the Fulton County Museum in Gloversville will host a lecture – “The Fonda, Johnstown & Gloversville Railroad & the Growth of the Fulton County Tanning and Glove Industry” – on June 1.

As part of its 250th anniversary, DaBiere-Gibbs said the Johnson Hall State Historic Site will kick off a lecture series June 1 with a program, “In the English Manner: Pattern Books and Georgian Building Traditions in the Colonial Mohawk Valley.” The site also has a walking tour set for June 8.

DaBiere-Gibbs said the I Love New York Program is also promoting State Museum Week for June 10-16.

“We are encouraging all museums to participate by offering special discounts on admission or special events and programming,” she reported to the committee.

Elsewhere in her report to the county, DaBiere-Gibbs said the chamber received a tourism check April 17.

“We have all our money for the year to continue our programs,” she said.

She noted in February the chamber will have more than $115,000 to spend on promoting Fulton County. The Fulton County Board of Supervisors at that time approved using $58,135 in county funds to match the same amount awarded to Fulton County through the tourism matching-funds program. The chamber uses the money to fund several publications, including brochures, maps and travel guides, as well as newspaper, magazine and online ads.

DaBiere-Gibbs reported tickets go on sale May 20 for the chamber’s 19th Annual $10,000 Bet on Fulton County Raffle. The drawing will be conducted Aug. 9 poolside at the Holiday Inn.

She also said the 4th Annual Peck’s Lake Sprint Triathlon is planned for Aug. 3. A portion of proceeds will be donated to the Boys & Girls Club of Gloversville.

Michael Anich covers Johnstown and Fulton County news. He can be reached at manich@leaderherald.com.