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From high school reunions to factory life, Joseph Baldwin’s book, Tales of Old Trumansburg, captures the heart and soul of late nineteenth through mid-twentieth century Trumansburg.  To celebrate its publication, The Ulysses Historical Society is selling the book at its Quarterly Event on Tuesday evening, October 9, 2018, from 7 pm to 9 pm.  The event is free, open to the public, and will feature the jug band, Jo Moe and Johnny Cake.  The band will play a program of historic American music from the 1920s and 30s.

Local historian Joesph Baldwin originally wrote Tales of Old Trumansburg as individual newsletters for the society beginning in 2003. In 2017, he compiled the historically sourced stories into a book that brings to life the people, businesses and events that helped to shape Trumansburg.  “I think this is a book that you pick up and in one evening, read a story that takes you back in time to the world of old Trumansburg,” commented Mr. Baldwin while editing his book.

“Joe Baldwin answered questions you didn’t even know you had,” says Joan Garner, secretary, and member of the Ulysses Historical Society. Ms. Garner assisted Mr. Baldwin with editing some of the original newsletters. The book’s well-told tales are enhanced by over one-hundred and twenty photographs. The cover art, a painting of the old Central Hotel by Mr. Baldwin’s sister, invites you into the book’s thirty-one stories. The stories take you to the streets of T-Burg and events such as the Reverend Crabill revival, a tragic flood, and the first reunion in 1897 which brought people back to the hometown they loved and never forgot.

Joseph Baldwin was a lifelong resident of Trumansburg and active community member, he passed in October of 2017 but not before self-publishing his book. Tales of Old Trumansburg retails for $21.00 and for an additional fee of $4.00, will be shipped to friends and family members. All proceeds go to the Ulysses Historical Society.

Purchase your copy at the Quarterly Event on October 9, 2018, or contact the Ulysses Historical Society at (607) 387-6666 or by email, UHS@ottcmail.com.  The Ulysses Historical Society is located at 39 South Street, Trumansburg, NY 14886. The Society accepts checks, cash, and money orders for Tales of Old Trumansburg.  Society hours of operation are Fridays and Saturdays: 2 pm to 4 pm and Mondays: 9 am to 11 am through December 1.  The book is available for purchase throughout the year.