James Bailey and Roger Harwood were recently recognized and awarded the title of Trustee Emeritus at the Clinton County Historical Association’s annual membership meeting. The Association’s Constitution and By-Laws defines that Trustees are eligible for the title of Emeritus if they have served with distinction and excellence and completed at least two (2) three (3) year terms as a Trustee. Their service as a Trustee shall have been instrumental to the organization and marked with distinction and excellence. Their contributions to the CCHA and the community shall have been recognized as outstanding and with a measurable degree of dedication. Emeritus members shall serve for as long as they remain dedicated and supportive of the work of the Clinton County Historical Association. The By-Laws also identifies certain privileges and responsibilities that a Trustee Emeritus may be eligible for.
Jim Bailey served the Clinton County Historical Association as a member, Trustee and officer of the Association for 37 years. He worked to foster and help preserve the historical treasures within Clinton County making many contributions to preserve and maintain our local history. He also worked within the community with distinction and excellence. Jim found great satisfaction in petitioning the USGS to change the name of Slip Mountain in Lewis, NY. The mountain now bears its original name of Macdonough Mountain in honor of the victorious commander of the American naval forces at the Battle of Plattsburgh.
Roger Harwood served the Clinton County Historical Association as a member, Trustee and officer of the Association for 17 years. Much of his time and effort was spent to preserve and maintain the Bluff Point Lighthouse that is now available to the public. Each summer many boaters travel to the Lighthouse for guided and private tours of the Lighthouse and Island. Roger spent many years working to restore the Lighthouse as well as researching and mapping historic sites on Crab Island and Valcour Island. He worked with Kevin Kelly to develop the Valcour Island Heritage Trail Guide. His skills and leadership were instrumental in the move of the Clinton County Association to its current site at 98 Ohio Avenue on the old base making it a strategic part of the Museum campus.
The Association is proud to bestow the honor of Emeritus on Jim and Roger for their work with the Historical Association as well as their work and commitment to our community. They were recognized for their commitment to uphold our historic legacy and for improving the community for generations that will follow.
The CCHA Museum is open Wednesday through Saturday from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. For more information, visit www.clintoncountyhistorical.org or call 518-561-0340. Museum admission is free and donations are accepted.