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B'ville: Local presidential tributes at Shacksboro

When the United States observed the 200th anniversary of George Washington's birthday in 1932, Baldwinsville staged an epic pageant featuring a cast of 125 costumed area residents. Fifty-seven of them posed on the front steps of the Baldwinsville Academy (later known as Elizabeth Street School) for this photograph. The story of the pageant and other local tributes to Washington and Abraham Lincoln are the subject of the current exhibition at the Museum at the Shacksboro Schoolhouse.

Pageant participants are (from left): Front row: Ellen Chaplin, Beverly Melvin, Barbara Adsit, Caty Welden, Vera Fulmer, Blanche Skinner, Mrs. George Campbell, (Bob Fuess in front), Mrs. Ray McCarthy, Elizabeth Barnett, Marguerite Jones, Bertha Hosler, Mrs. Mack Storm, Mrs. W. Bliss, Arlene Kraft, Dorothy Price, Elizabeth McQuaid, Helena Ferguson, Virginia Pierce, Helen Cunliff and Faith Storm Graves; second row: John Miller, Olin Cramer, Dr. Earl Heaton, Fred Fuess, Edward Berney, Rev. Harry Reddick, George Reddick, Louis Stevens, J. Carl Connell Sr., Raymond McCarthy, Richard Abrams, Barton Meays, Ora Hunter, Charles Hudson and Seymour Furbush; the eight rows near left lamp post (starting from left in three rows), front: Carl Connell, Jr., Frank Halligan; middle: unknown, Clifford Drake; back: unknown, Mack Storm, Allen Reinhardt and Art Welden; center, in front of doors: Richard Perkins, Thomas Patterson and Gardner Allen Davis; Near right lamp post (starting from left in two rows), front: Charles Kraft, Lew Wright, Clarence Smith, Leila Smith Bates, Harvey Harris and Roy Whitmore; back: Edward Godfrey, Homer Abbott, Wallace Johnson and Homer Smith.

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