Nestled in the foothills of the Adirondack Mountains and just north of the Mohawk Valley, Fulton County has been home to an ethnically and culturally diverse population for generations. Drawn by the promise of steady work in the glove and leather industry and plentiful farmlands, immigrants from Ireland, England, Russia, Poland, France, Scotland, Italy, and elsewhere made their homes and raised families here. Join Samantha Hall-Saladino in an exploration of the history of Irish settlement in Fulton County through two historical lenses: the life of Sir William Johnson and the 19th century agricultural “Irish Settlement” at Oppenheim.
Samantha Hall-Saladino is the Executive Director of the Fulton County Historical Society in Gloversville, NY and serves as the Fulton County Historian. She received her BA in History and English from Russell Sage College and a Masters in Museum Studies from the University of NH. She serves as Secretary for the Association of Public Historians of NYS and is a member of the Board of Directors for the Museum Association of NY.