Ken Gottry - Cambridge NY History

Formal education in Cambridge started in 1799 with a vote to open a private school. It was built on Academy Street and eventually became Cambridge Washington Academy. In the 1870's we had the Union Schools. In 1891 we finally united into a single school today referred to simply as "the Old School". In Sept-1951 the current Cambridge Central School opened. Along the way, the townships of White Creek, Cambridge, and Jackson were home to 39 one-room schoolhouses. Below is my presentation about the journey.


In 2010 I gave a presentation on the history of the McClellan family in Cambridge, leading to the building of the Mary McClellan Hospital. Here's Mary McClelllan, mother of Robert and Edwin, in Meikleknox (Edwin's home on South Union Street). Although the official name of the hospital is Mary McClellan Memorial Hospital, Mary actually outlived both her sons.

MaryMcClelllanHospital      MaryMcClellan at Meikleknox

The Cambridge Fire Department was created in 1866 when the village was formed. I was invited to the 2016 Firemen's Awards dinner dance and created this slide show covering the first 150 years of its history.

My wife is the great granddaughter of Grandma Moses. This presentation shows Grandma as the painter known to the public and as the grandmother known to the family.

 The Cambridge Public Library invited me to present a four-part lecture series: Village, Schools, Churches, and Fire Dept

In honor of Cambridge's 250th anniversary, I created a slide show of Cambridge as it was THEN and how it is NOW. Each slide presents a section of Cambridge with photos of how it used to look and photos of how it looks in 2011. Each slide also contains text describing the history associated with the photo.