Saturday June 19 will be a big day for the Chenango County Historical Society.  They will be hosting several live events to commemorate their Path Through History weekend series of programs.

One of the most exciting events will be the unveiling of their tribute exhibit to Norwich native David Maydole.  In the 1800s he was known as "The Hammer King," and his hammer factory in Norwich made millions of safety hammers over the decades from a large manufacturing plant in Norwich.  In fact the city was once known as The Hammer Capital of the World.  His story is little known to many, so this exhibit will be most informative.

Beginning at 3:30 p.m. on June 19, CCHS will host several commemorative programs in celebration of Path Through History weekend, including an exhibit opening featuring the history of the David Maydole Hammer Factory, as well as the annual presentation of the Elinor Troicke Memorial Scholarship. Rounding out the festivities, CCHS will honor the latest additions to Chenango’s Heritage “Wall of Honor.” Donald “Don” Windsor and Delmar “Del” Law (photos above) will be recognized during a brief ceremony, during which their names will officially be added to “Wall of Honor” plaque.

Law has been a dedicated citizen and family man his entire life. Originally from South Otselic, he attended Cornell University and served in the U.S. Army before finding employment at Procter & Gamble (previously the Norwich Pharmacal Company) for 36 years, eventually becoming the director of purchasing. Law has held a number of leadership positions, including board president and vice president at CCHS, board member at the Earlville Opera House, member of the Board of Education for Sherburne-Earlville Central, and board president of Otselic Valley Central’s Lillian Thompson Scholarship Fund.

Windsor has been closely involved with a number of organizations, clubs, and associations, including CCHS, the Chenango Chapter of the NYS Archeological Association, the Chenango Bird Club, and the Bullthistle Hiking Club. In addition to his involvement in the community, he is also a published author, having had five books and a multitude of articles regarding Chenango County history to his credit, as well as Birding Chenango County, a book for which Windsor was both author and co-editor.

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