Resolution J4012-2013

Commemorating the Duanesburg Historical Society upon the occasion of celebrating its 70th Anniversary



  • Mar 18, 2014: ADOPTED
  • Mar 13, 2014: REFERRED TO FINANCE


LEGISLATIVE  RESOLUTION  commemorating the Duanesburg Historical Society
upon the occasion of celebrating its 70th Anniversary

WHEREAS, It is the sense of this Legislative Body to commend the efforts
of those organizations who seek to bring recognition to historical plac-
es within the State of New York, and in doing so, help  to  ensure  that
the  complete  history  of  our State and Nation is preserved and shared
with present generations of citizens; and
  WHEREAS, Attendant to such concern, and in full accord with its  long-
standing  traditions,  this  Legislative Body is justly proud to commem-
orate the Duanesburg Historical Society in Duanesburg,  New  York,  upon
the occasion of celebrating its 70th Anniversary; and
  WHEREAS,  With 25 enthusiastic charter members, the Duanesburg Histor-
ical Society was organized in April of 1944, as a branch of the  venera-
ble Schenectady Historical Society; and
  WHEREAS,  Duane Featherstonhaugh, President of the Schenectady Histor-
ical Society and a Duanesburg resident, facilitated the start-up of this
new organization; as the great, great, great  grandson  of  Judge  James
Duane,  the  18th  century  founder of Duanesburg, he took a special and
personal interest in the Society's success, and  provided  knowledgeable
leadership as needed; and
  WHEREAS,  For  70  years,  this  organization  has been supported by a
continuous vital, engaged membership connected to the land, its  people,
its  stories, its history, its folklore, its visible and invisible past,
evincing a willingness and  interest  in  presenting  the  knowledge  of
Duanesburg's rich history; and
  WHEREAS, The Town of Duanesburg has long been defined as a crossroads,
beginning  from  a time when only Indian trails crisscrossed the forests
of the interior to arrive at Fort Orange on the Hudson, a port  for  the
lucrative beaver pelt trade; and
  WHEREAS,  Primitive  roads  stretching  westward  from both Albany and
Schenectady toward vague and future destinations, were the early  routes
to  the frontier, which lay at first just beyond the waters of the Scho-
harie Creek; these were followed by more dependable  roads  and  bridges
over  which drovers moved livestock and produce to market, and supported
by a string of inns and taverns, some of which are still standing  along
what is now known as Route 20; and
  WHEREAS,  In  the  19th  Century, one of Duanesburg's towns, Delanson,
became a thriving rail center, bustling with trade, boasting  hotels,  a
roundhouse,  and the largest coal yard in the world; following the world
wars, the crossroads at Duanesburg became something of a tourist hub  as
families piled into automobiles, setting off to see the United States of
America,  requiring food and lodging along the way, all of which Duanes-
burg worked hard to supply; and
  WHEREAS, As in many communities across the great State  of  New  York,
remnants  of  the past lie all around; the Duanesburg Historical Society
quietly honors its mandate to proclaim and  preserve  their  significant
realities of Duanesburg's illustrious history; and
  WHEREAS, The Duanesburg Historical Society provides its community with
monthly programs, special events, the encouragement of student projects,
and  through  the  years,  producing available print materials including
bulletins, newsletters, and newspaper articles; and
  WHEREAS, In 2005, the Duanesburg Historical Society, in  collaboration
with the Town of Princetown, published a Pictorial Directory of historic
photos,  and  beginning  in  2009,  three volumes of collected memories,
stories,  and  researched  history  of  the  township   were   gathered,
published, and made available to the public; and

  WHEREAS,  This Legislative Body is pleased to have this opportunity to
express its highest admiration for the  Duanesburg  Historical  Society,
and for all of the individuals who have worked to bring proper attention
to  a  place  and time which merits recognition in the grand panorama of
the history of our State and Nation; and
  WHEREAS,  It is the sense of this Legislative Body that when organiza-
tions of such noble aims and accomplishments are brought to  our  atten-
tion, they should be recognized by all the citizens of this great Empire
State; now, therefore, be it
  RESOLVED,  That  this  Legislative  Body pause in its deliberations to
commemorate the Duanesburg Historical Society upon the occasion of cele-
brating its 70th Anniversary; and be it further
  RESOLVED, That a copy of this Resolution, suitably engrossed, be tran-
smitted to the Duanesburg Historical Society.


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