DISCOVER OUR HERITAGE

Welcome to the Town of Delhi Historical Society

Town of Delhi, NY - Historical Society

The Town of Delhi has a proud agricultural and educational history. The Historical Society seeks to preserve and share our heritage and culture though an annual series of programs at the Cannon Free Library and exhibits at our home in the Cannon House on Delhi's Main Street. We invite you to learn about our activities and to join us soon and often!

 

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Since its inception in 2007, the Delhi Historical Society has pressed forward with its goals of assembling, preserving, promoting and disseminating our history. Programs and exhibits are presented to bring the past, present and future history of the Town of Delhi, Delaware County and surrounding area to life.  To date, the Delhi Historical Society has presented over eighty-five programs and exhibits. 

Download the Delhi Historical Society's 2018 Calendar of Events.

A sampling of our previous programs:

  • Delaware County Rural Electric Association
  • One Room Schoolhouses in the Town of Delhi <link to map>
  • Early Delhi Hotels
  • The Ontario and Western (O&W) Railroad
  • Early Delhi Settlers
  • A Victorian Tea
  • When Horseless Carriages Came to Delhi
  • Early Settlers - Erastus Root and Ebenezer Foote
  • Smalley’s Theatre
  • Walking Tour of Historic Sites in Delhi
  • History of the Civil War Monument in the Delhi Village Square 


Exhibits previously offered:

  • Children's Collection Day
  • Old Fashioned Victorian Christmas
  • Early Crafts
  • Delhi Firemen’s Collectibles
  • Delhi Train Display 

Programs are held on Tuesdays at the Cannon Free Library and exhibits are displayed at the Cannon House. Upcoming programs and exhibits will continue to focus on Delhi’s heritage, providing a greater insight and understanding into the richness of Delhi’s history. All events are free and open to the public. 

 

2018 Calendar of Events

Tuesday, May 1, 6:30                                  Cannon Free Library 

Join us for our annual meeting and election of Trustees and Officers – open to all! Hear about our plans for 2018 and pick up a program.  After the brief meeting, Robert Sprague, guitarist of Delhi, NY will present a variety of country and bluegrass music for our enjoyment, including one or two of his original songs.


Saturday, May 5, 11am                               Cannon House 

Join us for a walking tour featuring five historical structures that SUNY Delhi students have researched for a class project. SUNY Delhi’s History of Architecture class, and instructor Lisa Tessier, working in collaboration with Sue Pearson and Vic Iwanow will share the results of their endeavor during the tour. Lisa has had her students research historical buildings in Delhi for six years.


Saturday, May 19, 10-1                               Cannon House                                    

The Delhi Historical Society is located in the summer home of George and Gertrude Cannon, son and daughter-in-law of Henry and Jennie Cannon. There will be an exhibit of George’s contributions in the early development of steam car racers, hydroplane speed racing with the famed Gray Goose, his association with inventor Lee De Forest of radio fame, as well as other family items. Please join us in celebrating the 100th Anniversary of the Cannon Free Library…1918-2018.


Saturday, June 9, 3-5                                   St. John’s Episcopal Church

We’re having a tea party! Nini Ordoubadi, the founder of Tay Tea, will be sharing her creative artisanal tea blends using local and organic botanicals to create teas that are delicious and good for you.  Make your reservation by calling Mary Jane Henderson, (607) 746-2570 by June 1st.


Tuesday, June 19, 6:30                               Cannon Free Library  

Jim and Deb Corcoran of Delhi will be presenting “A day in the life of a honeybee in Delhi, New York”. 


Saturday, July 14, 10-1                               Cannon House

 An exciting day for artisans. Ria Silber will be demonstrating the art of spinning on her spinning wheel.  Kiki (Chiara) Ruggiero will be making jewelry and show us how it’s done. Betty Bell will be here with some of her knitted items. She has knitted 1162 Christmas stockings for families. Maddy Gaffney will be showing her talents with crocheted items. Alex Robinson will display his functional sculptures made from stone and wood collected from his farm along the Little Delaware River. Eloise Henault will be creating a quilt with the children in attendance.


Tuesday, July 17, 6:30                                Cannon Free Library 

David Brandt of Oneonta will be our speaker this evening. He is a charter member of the Dave Brandt Chapter of Trout Unlimited, a group of sportspersons in the Oneonta, NY area united by a love of angling and protecting the outdoors. He will talk about the history of fly-fishing as it applies to our area. After the talk, Dave will demonstrate how to cast a fly rod outside the library… weather permitting, 


Tuesday, August 7, 6:30                             Cannon Free Library

Francis Ruggiero of Milford, PA and Delhi, NY will talk about Delhi’s Newspapers of the Past. Come and learn the fascinating history of Delhi's newspapers -- from the Delaware Republican to the Croakers and beyond -- in this 40-minute presentation by Francis Ruggiero. Rare editions will be available to view.


 Saturday, August 11, 10-1                         Cannon House

The Delhi Historical Society will display its collection of old newspapers…local news, world news and other old publications. Francis Ruggiero’s Delhi newspaper collection will offer information on early Delhi.


Tuesday, September 11, 6:30                   Cannon Free Library 

Rick Brockway of Oneonta and writer of the “Outdoors” column in the Daily Star will be talking to us about his various adventures while hiking in the Catskills. He’ll be talking about the trails, waterfalls and wildlife he’s observed as he has hiked these various trails. More conversation can take place outside… weather permitting.


Saturday, September 22, 10-1                  Cannon House

Joe Hewitt of New Kingston will demonstrate the art of flinting. He will be bringing some Indian artifacts to share with us. Mrs. Loretta Foster and her brother, Ryan Kilmer of the Walton area, will be displaying their large collection of arrowheads and artifacts. Mary Jane and Todd Henderson of Delhi will also be sharing their collections of arrowheads and Indian artifacts.


Tuesday, October 9, 6:30                           Cannon Free Library 

Andy Mason, who resides in Jefferson and is the co-president of the Delaware-Otsego Audubon Society, will present a program on the group’s Franklin Mountain Hawkwatch, located on its wildlife sanctuary property overlooking the Susquehanna River. Now in its 30th consecutive year of operation, the Hawkwatch typically tallies 5,000 hawks and eagles through the fall migration. More conversation can take place outside… weather permitting.


Saturday, October 13, 10-1                       Cannon House

The Delhi Historical Society will display a variety of birdhouses, a collection of songbirds that is at least 100 years old belonging to Richard McIntosh of Bovina, and other items of interest. Bill Cash will be sharing his birdhouses and three lucky people will win a free birdhouse he has generously donated. Bill Borow of Borow’s Taxidermy Studio in Delhi will be loaning us a collection of birds… pheasant, grouse, doves and ducks for our viewing.


Tuesday, November 13, 6:30                    Cannon Free Library

The Heart of the Catskills Humane Society is celebrating 50 years of caring for dogs and cats this year. Director Deb Crute will share information about the history and operation of the shelter. There will also be information available on how you can help volunteer at the Shelter.


Saturday, November 24, 10-1                   Cannon House

Mary Jane Henderson, the author of several books, along with Barbara Coleman and Angela Gaffney, will be having a book signing for Mary Jane’s new publication, “DOG PAWS… A Unique Collection of Original Dog Tails (tales)”. These books are being sold for the benefit of the Heart of the Catskills Humane Society who is celebrating their 50th anniversary.


Tuesday, December 11, 6:30                    Cannon Free Library

Steven Gendle, retired English teacher at the Delaware Academy and Central School will read the holiday classic, “A Christmas Memory” by Truman Capote. The short story is told from the perspective of a seven year old and focuses on country life, friendship and the joy of giving. This program will delight young and old alike and be sure to bring your hankie. 


Saturday, December 15, 10-1                   Cannon House

Choose an antique Christmas card to be mailed by DHS and create a calling card for our Christmas tree.  Look at old greeting cards, calling cards and autograph albums. John Bramley will delight us with his old fashioned Edison music player. There will be a few treats to enjoy and, most of all; we’ll enjoy your company.

 

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