Broadalbin society marks history in new calendar

BROADALBIN – The Broadalbin Kennyetto Historical Society aims to keep local history alive next year, one month at a time.

The village-based corporation has unveiled its new 2014 calendar, which features the 13 historical roadside markers spread throughout the Broadalbin area.

The calendar is an annual fundraiser for the group, and this year, it features the markers that recognize local history such as a devastating fire, a hotel and the homes of some of Broadalbin’s most prominent residents. The calendar will be available during Monday’s parade in the village.

“We pick a different theme every year,” said society Treasurer Lee Hollenbeck. “This time, it’s the historical markers.”

He said the society has been producing the calendars since 2006. The calendar is printed by Miller Printing & Litho in Amsterdam. Linda Eastman, a North Main Street business owner, took the photos of the calendar’s markers.

The sale of the calendars, in part, provides funding for the society’s placement of historical markers every two years – the group’s largest project. Each marker costs about $1,200. The society also provides a cash scholarship award annually to a graduating Broadalbin-Perth High School student who shows an interest in history.

Proceeds from calendar sales also will help pay for club activities throughout the year.

The Broadalbin Kennyetto Historical Society 2014 calendar’s cover features the 1879 fire that destroyed Broadalbin’s Main Street. The marker, which was unveiled by society and village officials Oct. 20, notes that 16 businesses were destroyed in the blaze.

“It was an economic tragedy, with no loss of life,” the marker states.

Other markers for 2014 are featured this way: January – Chase’s Mills; February – the Kennyetto Creek; March – the Locust Grove Farm; April – Daniel McIntyre home; May – 1849 Plank Road; June – Frenchman’s Creek; July -Hotel Broadalbin; August -home of “Miss Kitty” Husted; September – Union Mills; October – Hans’ Creek; November – Veteran’s Hall; and December – home of Robert W. Chambers.

A full explanation of the significance of each marker is included in the text of the calendar.

Numerous dates of historical importance in Broadalbin also are noted in the calendar.

George Pifko Jr., society president, said the calendars will be available during the village’s holiday parade, which kicks off at 6:30 p.m. Monday.

Pifko said historical society volunteers will be at the offices of Spinnaker Realty, 4 Bridge St., throughout the parade to sell copies for $10 each.

Copies also can be purchased at Linda’s Antiques and the Broadalbin Christian Bookstore on Main Street during normal business hours.

For more information, or for copies of the calendar, call Pifko at 883-5856 or Broadalbin Historian Gordon Cornell at 883-3635.

Pifko said the society had approximately 200 calendars printed. He said people can have the calendar mailed to them for $3 more, or for a total of $13.

Pifko said society members work with Cornell to sort through archives and photos to make the final selections for the calendar each year. He said the society then comes up with 13 photos to feature – one for each month and one for the cover.

“Each of the years has been historical photos,” Pifko said. “This is the first year we decided to do something different.”

Cornell said he first proposed the calendar idea as a fundraiser for the historical society in 2001. He suggested the society should try to erect historical markers every couple years.