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News from the Lebanon Historical Society

The Lebanon Historical Society is finishing up its first full year and has been pleased with the response and support from town residents.

Last month, the first annual Lebanon A-Fair was held with an attendance of almost 200, where local businesses and individuals showcased their products, skills and generosity. Plans are currently underway for next year's bigger fair, but there are also plans for several more events and projects that will focus on topics of interest specific to several areas of the township and be held in various venues.

The next event will be held on Sunday Sept. 27. DEC Senior Forester Greg Owens, will give a presentation on the history of Lebanon's State Lands and the preservation of local cultural relics. He has maps and aerial photos showing old farmsteads and foundations. He invites residents to bring information about their family properties that may have become state lands. This program will begin at 1 p.m. at the Community Club, with refreshments before and afterwards.

Preceding Owens' talk, the LHS will hold a meeting beginning at 11:30 a.m. to discuss programs for the remainder of 2009, including a Veteran's Day memorial, the annual holiday program and the status of the cemetery reclamation project. Discussions of programming for 2010, setting up a regular meeting schedule, the slate of officers for next year and the LHS Newsletter will be on the Agenda. All LHS members and interested residents are invited to attend the meeting. New members are always welcome as well as ideas regarding possible programs. The LHS would also appreciate help from anyone who has expertise in grant writing and from those who would like to serve on a hospitality committee to make or serve refreshments and assist setting up for programs. Town Historian, Penny Hughes, also encourages sharing of your family history so everything can be archived for future generations.

For more information about Memberships, contact Margaret Currier at mcurrier@twcny.rr.com.

Tina Finneyfrock is the town of Lebanon historian.

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