NORWICH - The Chenango County Historical Society (CCHS) is seeking community feedback in order to develop activities and programs that are relevant and interesting to broader audiences.
CCHS is developing long-term plans to guide the organization’s thematic development, as well as clarifying educational and interpretive goals for the museum.
Colgate University’s Upstate Institute Field School has generously partnered with CCHS to assist in this endeavor, generously funding the work of student research fellow Marisa Modugno. A Peace and Conflict Studies major of the class of 2022, Modugno is researching many aspects of Chenango County history, with a special focus on industrial heritage.
Industrial heritage is a designation in the fields of archaeology and anthropology referring to the history of past technology and industries. Here in Chenango County, the dominating industries are dairy, agriculture, and manufacturing. Modugno has been collaborating with CCHS volunteer Alan Estus to learn about the history of the Ireland Machine and Foundry Company, which made historic innovations to the lumber industry during the early half of the past century.
An essential part of the planning being done by CCHS – as well as Modugno’s research – is understanding the museum’s audience. CCHS would appreciate hearing from all members of the community. A brief survey, estimated to take no longer than five minutes, is available at http://tinyurl.com/CCHSFeedback. All who respond to the survey will receive a free downloadable commemorative CCHS keepsake.
“Finding the best way to share and celebrate our local heritage is very important to CCHS,” said Jessica Moquin, CCHS executive director. “We welcome and appreciate all feedback offered. The only way we can make sure our activities and exhibitions are relevant to those in our community is if we ask. We want to hear from you.”
The primary organization dedicated to actively and comprehensively preserving the history of Chenango County, CCHS celebrates local culture – unique traditions, noteworthy residents, and unusual stories.
- Story submitted by Chenango County Historical Society