An organization committed to documenting and preserving our area’s past is looking to the future as it celebrates an important milestone.
The Broome County Historical Society is marking its 100th anniversary with a campaign its calling Mysteries From The Vault.
The Society has selected 20 items from its catalogue of 200 thousand objects to feature this year.
That includes a presentation powder horn, originally given to the Iroquois Nation by British troops that was later found in the rubble of the Indian village of Otsiningo after it was burned down by American Revolutionary War forces in 1779.
Former Broome County Historian Gerry Smith says the Historical Society takes seriously its mission of collecting, preserving and interpreting the history of Broome County. “I think the public is not aware that we’ve done such a remarkably good job doing that. Making sure that these objects are well taken care of, they’re preserved, they’re brought out for exhibits, but we preserve them for the next 100 years of researchers coming in to analyze the history of Broome County.”
Other items include a miniature sleigh produced by the Sturtevant-Larrabee Carriage Company and the execution hood from the hanging of serial killer Edward Rulloff.
WSKG T-V is currently taping a series of pieces about the 20 artifacts that will begin airing in April.
Those and 20 more will also be included in a coffee table style book called Mysteries of the Vault with text from Smith and photos by Roger Luther.
You can also see more on the Historical Society’s Facebook page and YouTube channel.