Saturday, February 15, 2014

A New History of Warrensburg Published

Book cover frontFollowing five years of planning, research, writing and design, the Warrensburgh Historical Society has released Warrensburg, New York: 200 Years of People, Places and Events (2014) in honor of the town’s Bicentennial Celebration.

Spearheaded by Town Historian Sandi Parisi, the effort involved more than 20 volunteers. The 184-page soft-cover book, laid out as an encyclopedia of Warrensburg history, contains more than 300 photographs and a 19-page index with over 2,300 listings.

Topics range from the town’s earliest settlers in the late 18th century to more recent notables of the 20th century, plus industries, businesses, and events that contributed to a thriving and prosperous community which influenced the local, state and national scenes.

The book was published on February 12, 2014, the 201st anniversary of the founding of the Town of Warrensburgh. The book goes on sale during a release celebration party this tomorrow, Sunday, February 16, at Lizzie Keays Restaurant, 89 River Street, between 3 and 5 pm. All are invited to attend. Contributors to the book will be in attendance to sign copies.

Retail price of the book is $19.95. It will be available for purchase at Warrensburgh Museum of Local History, as well as other retail outlets. A mail-order form with postage requirements is available on the Warrensburgh Historical Society website, For more information contact the Town Historian and Society treasurer, Sandi Parisi, at 518-623-2207.

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2 Responses

  1. Tony Hall says:

    Entries include a timely a listing for Pete Seeger, noting that he ‘stopped in front of the Warrensburg-Lake George News office on August 12 1968 and sang “Newspapermen meet such interesting people.’ He was on his way home from Montreal stopping on the way to publicize a campaign to raise funds for the construction of a replica of a Hudson River sloop.”

    My father, Rob Hall, owned the paper and had been a friend of Seeger’s since the 1940s.

    My older brother Robin remembered that day thus: “they reconnected in the 70’s, and my father brought me along to one of their meetings in his newspaper office. I was a rebellious teenager who’s theme song was “We gotta get out of this place.”

    “We went for a walk and Pete looked at the buildings we passed along Main Street (yes the town had a real Main Street) and pointed out things he found interesting and asked questions and generally made me see the town in a totally new light.

    “The next time I saw him was at a cocktail party my father and mother hosted to introduce him to the head of the newly-created NYS Dept of Environmental Conservation. For some reason, my parents asked me to tend bar. I made very strong drinks for most of the guests, and when i asked Pete and his wife what they would like, he asked for club soda! I was aghast. They didn’t drink alcohol! Later, he asked me what music I was listening to. I had just bought the first Gram Parsons solo album and i showed him that. I don’t think I was aware at the time that Pete never liked the Byrds version of “Turn Turn Turn.”

    The book also includes an entry for Marilyn Monroe, who arrived in Warrensburg in 1949 to present Virginia McAllister with a house on James Street won in a Photoplay contest.

    These are only two of the events among the hundreds included in “Warrensburg, New York: 200 Years of People, Places and Events.”

    Kudos to Sandi Parisi and the volunteers!

  2. Terry Barber says:

    Congratulations to the Warrensburgh Historical Society on a job well done! Happy Anniversary Warrensburgh!