An Overly Raker Retrospective|
This summer display at the Fulton House depicts the creative business journey of Helen Overly and Freda Raker from a small in-house gift shop to a multimillion-dollar soft sculpture industry known throughout the nation and beyond. Many examples of Overly-Raker products will be on display including an example of a soft sculpture that was used to decorate the White House for Christmas in 1986. Helen Overly's book, Making Friends in Business, will be for sale and Helen will give a book talk about her experiences in business (time to be announced).
Fulton House summer hours are Fridays and Saturdays 10 a.m. until 4 p.m. and Sundays 1 to 4 p.m.
Volunteers are needed to sit with the exhibits. Anyone interested should call Edie Coleman at 814-290-8899 or Tom Duffey at 717-360-5622.
The Society's Fall Tea will be held September 22, 2018 at 11:30 a.m. in the Banquet Room at the Museum Anex, 211 Lincoln Way East, McConnellsburg, PA. Tickets are $10 for adults and $4.50 for children under 12. For reservations contact Edie Coleman at 814-735-3039 or Tickle Your Fancy Tea Shop, Lincoln Way West, McConnellsburg, PA.
Frontier Barn Quilt Trail Bus Tour|
The Frontier Barn Quilt Trail Bus Tour for 2018 will include taking in both the Fulton Fall Folk Festival and the Akersville Folk Festival and will be highlighted by nearly 40 new and unique barn quilts. The bus leaves the Giant parking lot in McConnellsburg at 10 a.m. and return at 3:30 p.m. More information and tickets are available by contacting Mike Crampton via email at firstname.lastname@example.org. Sign up soon as tickets will be going fast.
Fall Dinner Auction|
The Society's Annual Dinner/Auction will be held on Saturday, November 10, 2018, at the Needmore Bible Church, Needmore, PA. A silent auction will run from 4:00 to 5:30 p.m. followed by dinner at 6:00 p.m. A traditional auction will be begin at 6:30 p.m. Proceeds from the auction will be used to help fund a badly needed new roof on the Historical Society Museum Annex building.
Obituary Scans Placed Online|
The Fulton County Historical Society's collection of cemetery records was started in the late 1970s. Dedicated volunteers tried to visit every cemetery in Fulton County to copy on cards all the tombstones which could still be read. Secretary Glenn Cordell offered boxes of obsolete IBM punch cards which were donated for this project. Historical Society member Doris Finney of Iowa spent two winters typing the handwritten information from these cards to computer disks. The names and dates were then arranged into an alphabetical data base and placed on the Society's web page to help family researchers. As of March 2015 there were more than 22,000 names in the database.
Beginning about 1980, Historical Society librarian Hazel Harr started clipping obituaries from the Fulton County News and pasting them on these IBM file cards. Mary Black and Naomi Waite continued adding new obituaries. Bill Turner and Jim Boor photocopied obituaries from earlier newspapers and donated these to the Historical Society library. The decision was made to limit the obituaries to those people who were buried in Fulton County. With the recent increase in cremation with "burial at the convenience of the family", those obituaries are being included if one of our local funeral homes had the service.
In March of 2105 the Historical Society substantially completed the work of putting online a scan of each obituary clipping. The text of the more than 10,000 obituaries is fully searchable, providing a wealth of information for researchers. The Society continues to update this database with new scans.
This data base is the property of the Fulton County Historical Society and may not be reproduced on any other web site!
HISTORIANS OF THE YEAR|
2018 - Mark Sheffield
2017 - Tom Duffey
2016 - Debbie Reed
2015 - Monica Seville
2014 - Naomi Waite
2013 - Dick Newman
2012 - Gene Leese
2011 - Ruth Reeder
2010 - Wayne MacDonald
2009 - Edie Coleman, John Mentzer
2008 - Richard A. Miller
2007 - William O. Turner
2006 - Jane C. MacDonald
1998 - James H. Shultz
1996 - Charles and Marion Walker
1995 - Fairview School Restoration Committee
1993 - Daniel E. Winter
1992 - Kenneth W. Keebaugh
1991 - Samuel H. Buterbaugh
1990 - Alan Kelso
1989 - Brian F. Tucker
1988 - Hazel M. Seville
1987 - Glenn R. Cordell
1986 - John H. Nelson
1985 - Anne J. Lodge
1984 - Whrelda Pittman
1983 - Harold N. Rotz
Fulton County Historical Society Library|
The Fulton County Historical Society Library has a room on the third floor of the newly-renovated Fulton
County Library at 227 North First Street in McConnellsburg. The library is handicapped accessible and has elevator service. The Society's room with genealogy and research material is not staffed but is available upon registration with photo ID at the main library desk. Materials do not circulate outside the room which has a continuous security camera. New Library Hours
The Historical Society's research room in the Fulton County Library follows the same hours as the public library. Hours are from 9:00-6:00 on Mondays and Wednesdays; from 9:00-8:00 on Tuesdays and Thursdays; from 9:00-5:00 on Fridays and 10:00-2:00 on Saturdays. Naomi Waite (717 987-3757) continues to provide organization and direction in our Society library. No charge is made to patrons who use the room although the Society makes an annual contribution of $1,200 to the public library and so donations are appreciated. Benefactors who would like to help maintain this free service may send a tax-deductible gift to the Historical Society. The Historical Society library welcomes donations of any family or local history material on Fulton County people and events for its permanent collection. Volunteers are needed anytime to help with inquiries and keep materials organized.