Historical Association of South Jefferson


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Dear HASJ Supporters,

Another year has passed and it is again time for our annual fund drive to support the Historical Association's operating and maintenance budget for 2024.

In reflection, 2023 was another extremely positive year for the Historical Association of South Jefferson. In May the Pioneer Days Program resumed for 4th Graders from South Jefferson, Belleville-Henderson & IHC after being on hold for a few years due to the Covid Pandemic. Our 200 Club Dinners continued, and the Strawberry Festival was back in full swing. The Office Staff has grown to eight volunteers that we see on a regular basis. Sadly, our Board of Trustees lost a long-time member in 2023 with the passing of Rufus "Guffy" Chalmers. Guffy grew up in the Ripley House when it was his family home. His mother, Marion Steele, left the home to the Historical Association for our museum. Clint Gillett has been approved to fill the vacant trustee position.

In 2023 two projects were completed as a part of our maintenance and improvement program. The front entry porch, which was in very poor condition, was repaired and rebuilt improving the building appearance and addressing the safety concerns. Also, the 1950's era restroom in the museum was completely refurbished with new walls, ceiling, floor, lights, and plumbing fixtures. The floorplan was reconfigured to make the restroom handicapped accessible. Our local budget funds and a grant from the Northern New York Community Foundation made this work possible. Trustee and volunteer Phil Chatterton also installed new flooring and T & G pine on the walls in the side porch rebuilt in 22.

For 2024 we are continuing our efforts to put together a plan to construct an addition on the Six Town House to locate new restrooms. This would make it more useful as an event venue and create a possible revenue source. At the same time, we are exploring the replacement of the windows in the museum building. With 33 windows this will be a major undertaking. The original windows are in poor condition (one blew out in the windstorm) and with single pane glass they are also poor when it comes to energy conservation. You might consider donating a window in memory or in honor of a loved one. We have already received two donations given in memory of a loved one. Donations of $100. or more will be listed on a "master plaque" prominently displayed in the Museum. Donations of $500. or more will also be acknowledged with a plate mounted on the window with the donor and memory or honor name. (See Donor Form)

It is obvious that we are looking forward to the future and the enhancement of our facilities. Our success is directly related to the financial support provided by our membership and the Six Town Community residents. Please join with us and support our work at the Historical Association of South Jefferson with a contribution.

Thank You for your consideration.


Friday September 8th, 2023