New Fulton County historian discusses goals for 2014

JOHNSTOWN – New Fulton County Historian Samantha Hall-Saladino told county supervisors last week she’s already identified three goals for 2014.

Among those goals is to create a strong web presence for her historian’s office, she told the Board of Supervisors’ Economic Development-Environment Committee Tuesday at the County Office Building.

“I’ve been looking at what other county historians have on their web pages,” Hall-Saladino said.

Hall-Saladino said she has identified three goals for 2014, including creating a stronger presence for the county historian’s office through a Facebook page and updated webpage on the county’s website. She said she is working on regular updates and sharing information on programs, meetings, lectures, tours and interesting historic photographs and stories.

As a second goal, she said she wants to update and reorganize the office to improve availability for researchers.

Third, Hall-Saladino said she wants to meet quarterly with town and city historians to provide support and work together to promote local history.

“Mostly, I’ve been trying to introduce myself to people, get out there and let people see my face,” she said.

Elsewhere in her report, Hall-Saladino said she has been communicating with Johnstown 3rd Ward Councilwoman Helen Martin and Fulton Montgomery Regional Chamber of Commerce Tourism Director Gina DaBierre-Gibbs about her involvement with the Mohawk Valley Pathways Through History group. She said she also wants to update the “Roadside History in Fulton County” booklet, which was last revised in 2009.

She said she contacted Johnstown Town Supervisor Nancy MacVean about the need to appoint a new historian for that town. She also met recently with several town and city historians at the Fulton County Museum.

In regular committee business, the panel approved the proposed purchase of several items for Hall-Saladino’s office, including $185 for a copier-scanner-printer and $57 for a brochure rack.

Michael Anich covers Johnstown and Fulton County news. He can be reached at