The Fulton County Historical Society and Museum

  • Hours of Operation

    JUNE 4 – JUNE 26

    Saturdays and Sundays, 12-4pm

    JULY 1 – LABOR DAY

    Thursdays – Sundays, 12-4pm

    ​LABOR DAY – COLUMBUS DAY

    Saturdays and Sundays, 12-4pm

  • Weather

    GLOVERSVILLE WEATHER

The Fulton County Historical Society and Museum

Our Vision

The Fulton County Historical Society and Museum will be a vibrant history center and museum engaging the community and its residents in supporting and investing in the collection, preservation, and interpretation of Fulton County’s past.

Our History

The FCHS was formed on May 22, 1952. Shortly after the Society was established, a certificate of incorporation for a county historical society was found at the Gloversville Free Library, dated March 20, 1891, indicating that a historical society had been established 61 years previously. With no official headquarters, meetings were held at the Gloversville High School. The FCHS received its absolute charter from the New York State Board of Regents on April 28, 1972.

The FCHS and museum are housed in the former Kingsboro school building, built in 1900 on the site of the Kingsboro Academy. The Academy was established in 1831 by Rev. Elisha Yale as a private school; it became a public elementary school in 1863. Upon the completion of a new building for Kingsboro Elementary in 1972, the FCHS was given the old school for use as a museum. It opened its doors to the public in March 1973.

Permanent exhibits explore our community’s educational history, glove and leather heritage, military service, civic organizations, businesses, FJ&G Railroad, sports history, and more.

Through interactive and innovative programs and events for all ages, the FCHS encourages exploration of our past and actively participates in our community’s efforts to create a vibrant center of arts, culture, and commerce to improve quality of life in our county.

Visit the Fulton County Historical Society and Museum website for more information.

Events

15 Miles on the Sacandaga Canal? The Canal Craze with David Brooks 

Date: February 8, 2023
Time: 7:00 pm
Location: Fulton County Historical Society and Museum Virtual Presentation
Organizer: Fulton County Historical Society and Museum
Phone: 518-725-2203
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Erie Canal in the Mohawk Valley, 1905

This presentation on WEDNESDAY, FEBRUARY 8TH, 7PM (Virtual Presentation) will discuss the construction and success of the Erie Canal and the subsequent “canal craze” that sparked the idea of a Great Sacandaga Canal. Discover the area’s efforts to expand their commercial reach as they sought to draw raw goods and resources from the Sacandaga Valley and throughout the Adirondack Mountains down to the Mohawk Valley, and wider global economic market.

David Brooks is the Education Director at Schoharie Crossing State Historic Site in Fort Hunter, N.Y. – within the system of sites operated by the NYS Office of Parks, Recreation, and Historic Preservation. Schoharie Crossing interprets and preserves the significant history of the Erie Canal and its contributions to the state as well as the nation.

VanWyckes Chocolate Haus

Date: February 18, 2023
Time: 5:30 pm
Location: Fulton County Historical Society and Museum Virtual Presentation
Organizer: Fulton County Historical Society and Museum
Phone: 518-725-2203
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Copenhagen Davids Collection, 2017

Warm up with some delicious hot chocolate drinks from the 18th century!
SATURDAY, FEBRUARY 18TH, 5:30PM • $30 PER PERSON

Historian Paul Supley will show you how to create a trio of historic chocolate drinks enjoyed by the wealthy and middle-class settlers of the Mohawk Valley. Finish the evening by sampling a special port wine chocolate drink and cookies, served in period correct cups and dishes by costumed interpreters.

Space is limited, so be sure to reserve your spot! Purchase tickets online, or avoid credit card fees and pay by check to the FCHS at 2337 Kingsboro Ave. Gloversville, NY 12078.

Magical Magnetic Trains!

Date: February 25, 2023
Time: 10:30 am
Location: Fulton County Historical Society and Museum Virtual Presentation
Organizer: Fulton County Historical Society and Museum
Phone: 518-725-2203
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Magical Magnetic Trains

SATURDAY, FEBRUARY 25TH, 10:30AM • FREE! SPACE IS LIMITED. REGISTRATION IS REQUIRED.

Impossible! How could a train move with no engine or wheels? Explore the science behind magnetic forces and magnetic levitation trains — also called maglev trains. These high-speed trains are used for transportation in cities all over the world! Using the engineering method, participants will experiment with toy cars and magnets to design their own model of a Maglev train. Then explore the museum’s exhibit on the Fonda, Johnstown, and Gloversville Railroad, including scale model that really works! 

Perfect for kids in grades 2-5. This event is free, but space is limited and participants MUST pre-register. Sign up at the link above or by emailing ssaladino@fultoncountyhistoricalsociety.org. 

This program is made possible through support from the Fulton County Board of Supervisors and County Historian.

Presentation and Investigation with Agent Paranormal

Date: March 11, 2023
Time: 7:00 pm
Location: Fulton County Historical Society and Museum Virtual Presentation
Organizer: Fulton County Historical Society and Museum
Phone: 518-725-2203
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Agent Paranormal FCHS

The FCHS is thrilled to welcome Agent Paranormal back to Fulton County!
Saturday, March 11th, 7-10pm • $30 FCHS Members, $35 non-members • Tickets required!

The team will present some of their past cases and evidence, then you’ll have an opportunity to investigate one of Fulton County’s most haunted buildings alongside the professionals, using high-tech equipment and techniques.

Your ticket includes two slices of cheese pizza and a beverage. Please note that attendance is limited and tickets are required for this event. All proceeds support the FCHS and its mission to acquire, preserve and promote the history of Fulton County and to convey the significance to the public with tours, exhibits, programs, and research.​

Local History Trivia Night at Stump City Brewing

Date: April 22, 2023
Time: 5:30 pm
Location: 521 W Fulton St Ext, , 521 W Fulton St Ext, Gloversville NY
Organizer: Fulton County Historical Society and Museum
Phone: 518-725-2203
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Stump City Brewing

On SATURDAY, APRIL 22, 2023 at 5:30PM test your trivia skills and enjoy locally brewed farm fresh beer at Trivia Night, presented by the Fulton County Historical Society and hosted by Stump City Brewing. Categories will cover local history — from recreation to famous figures and more. Test your knowledge and win prizes! Teams of up to 6 people. Trivia is free to play!

Annual Ice Cream Social

Date: May 19, 2023
Time: 6:00 pm
Location: 237 Kingsboro Ave. Gloversville, NY 12078.
Organizer: Fulton County Historical Society and Museum
Phone: 518-725-2203
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Ice cream social

On Friday, May 19, 2023 from 6-8PM join the Fulton County Historical Society for their annual Ice Cream Social at the museum. This is their biggest fundraiser of the year. Enjoy a scoop of ice cream and your choice of toppings, explore the museum, and connect with friends and neighbors. Other special surprises to be announced. Rain or shine!

Tickets are available for $5 or 5 for $20, pre-sale or at the door and can be purchased by mailing a check to the FCHS at 237 Kingsboro Ave. Gloversville, NY 12078.

If you can’t attend, but still want to support the museum, please consider making a donation.

Fulton County Historical Society Opening Day

Date: June 3, 2023
Time: 12:00 pm
Location: 237 Kingsboro Ave. Gloversville, NY 12078.
Organizer: Fulton County Historical Society and Museum
Phone: 518-725-2203
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On Saturday, June 3, 2023 from 12-4pm the museum officially opens for the season on June 4th. Open hours are Saturdays and Sundays from 12-4pm throughout June; Thursdays through Sundays from 12-4pm from June 31 through Labor Day; and Saturdays and Sundays from 12-4pm through October 9.

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