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The Fulton County Historical Society will bring together those people interested in the history of Fulton County, and will promote an understanding and appreciation
for the people and community of Fulton County through research, preservation, restoration, education and
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Society, Inc.  All rights reserved.
Fulton County Historical Society, Inc.
P.O. Box 115, McConnellsburg,
Announcements and Upcoming Events
South Penn Railroad Historian to Address Historical Society|
The Society's Summer Membership Meeting will be held on Saturday, June 30, 2018 at 7 p.m. at the FCHS Museum Annex Banquet Room (located at the rear of the building, with parking available at the McConnellsburg Firehall parking lot.
The speaker will be Russell Love, who has been researching the South Pennsylvania Railroad for the last 15 years. A grandly planned railroad from the late 1880s through 1900, the South Pennsylvania Railroad was to cross over and tunnel through multiple mountains and traverse over rivers, and would include Fulton County. Despite much work done to create the beds to lay the rail ties, the line was never completed. Love became aware of the railroad while traveling on the Pennsylvania Turnpike and, after learning of its history, was hooked on tracing the proposed route that was later to be abandoned.
Love will present his years of research on what is called The Railroad That Never Was. He will use maps and illustrations to show where the route was started and work was completed. This meeting is open to the public. If you are interested in the history of railroads in Southern PA and Fulton County, you don't want to miss this presentation.
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.