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Heritage Day showcases everything Clarksville, past and present

Residents from all over the Capital District looking to chow down on delicious food, browse unique wares from independent vendors and even learn a thing or two about the past all while supporting a good cause need look no further than the upcoming Clarksville Heritage Day.

The Saturday, Aug. 6, event is held by the Clarksville Historical Society. This will be the sixth annual Heritage Day the CHS has held. It's a big event for this tight-knit community and is growing every year.

"It's for every age. We have a car show, there a bouncy bounce for the kids and body painting. We have a lady who makes her own soaps and knitters and quilters," said Janice Crookes, who is chairperson of Heritage Day for the Historical Society.

The proceeds from most of Heritage Day's events will go to the Historical Society and its many missions. The group recently acquired the Woodside Schoolhouse off of Route 32 and will be renovating it to turn it into a one-room schoolhouse museum.

"Up until this year, [Heritage Day] was meant for our operations and acquisitions," said CHS Treasurer Susan Dee. "But now that we have the building, of course, that will be our biggest priority."

The structure is in rough shape and needs a lot of work before the public can be let in. It's a project that will likely take many months.

Additionally, the Historical Society holds three presentations every spring and fall with experts on various topics. These sessions are held at the Clarksville Community Church.

"We've had archaeological speakers, we've had speakers on lighting back from when it was candles to electricity today. We try to do educational programs," said Crookes.

The organization also releases a newsletter four times a year that's filled with interesting historical information about Clarksville. A recent hit has been the 1896 diary entries of Hattie O'Brien, a transcript of which the CHS recently acquired. A few entries are printed in every newsletter under the title "Everyday Life in Clarksville, New York."

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