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Cortland County Hall of Fame
May 19 @ 1:00 pm - 3:00 pm
The Homeville Museum (a component of the CNY Living History Center), in conjunction with the Cortland County Historical Society, is proud to announce the 2018 Cortland County Hall of Fame selectees. In chronological order, they are:
- James Henry Salisbury (1823 – 1905) – physician and medical researcher who was one of the first to suggest that germs caused diseases.
- Andrew D. White (1832 – 1918) – best known locally as the co-founder and first President of Cornell University, White also served as the US Ambassador to Germany (twice) and Russia plus was the Head of the US Delegation to The Hague Peace Conference
- Erastus Milo Cravath (1833 – 1900) – a strict abolitionist, Cravath served in the Union Army and worked to open schools for the “freedmen” in the South; co-founder and later President of Fisk University
- David Brainard (1856 – 1946) – First Sergeant of the ill-fated 1881 Arctic Expedition, he was credited by the Commander, Lt Adolphus Greely, as the reason any of the 25-man mission survived starvation after the re-supply ship failed to return in 1882 or 1883.
- Adelaide Fish Hawley Cumming (1905 – 1998) – Educator, broadcaster and author, she’s best known as “Betty Crocker”.
There will be an Induction Ceremony in the CNY Living History Center Auditorium on May 19 at 1:00 pm. Each inductee will be individually showcased on a new display that will tell their story. The ceremony is open to the public, as part of regular admission to the CNY Living History Center.
Once again, there were many more deserving individuals nominated than have been recognized to date. This is an on-going project and we hope to see these names and others among the inductees in subsequent years. We really appreciate the following people taking the time and interest to serve on the selection committee: Eric Mulvihill, Tabitha Scoville, Marsha Powell, Joe Cortese and Jean Edwards. We also appreciate the efforts of the people who nominated many deserving individuals and described how they contributed to our county’s rich legacy. Start thinking now on who you might nominate next year!