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Discover Downtown Gloversville

Explore Gloversville During the State's History Weekends


This year, the New York State Path Through History Weekends are scheduled for June 15 to 16, and October 12 through 14. These weekends are designed to help people discover, explore and appreciate the state's amazing past and highlight the local historical gems in your neighborhoods.


Gloversville is filled with history and visitors and residents alike can discover the people, places and events that made the city what it is today.


Start with a self-guided walking tour through the downtown core. Download this guide and discover the history behind The Glove Theatre, 42 N. Main St., that started in 1914, the Schine Memorial Hall, 40 N. Main St., that once housed an opera facility on the third floor, and the former City Hall building at 44 North Main St. that had a jail and a famous visitor.


Other stops on the self-guided tour include:

  • Palace Diner, 62 S. Main St., a diner that rolled into town almost 101 years ago on as a railroad car.

  • Former Kingsborough Hotel, 34 S. Main St., that had pre-presidential Teddy Roosevelt as a visitor.

  • Historic Four Corners, 2 S. Main St., where three separate settlements came together and created the City of Gloversville.

  • Trail Station Park, West Fulton Street, home to the FJ&G Railroad headquarters.

  • Bleecker Street Square, estimated 33 Bleecker St., where Civil War Captain David Spaulding once held drills for local soldiers, and in later decades gubernatorial candidate Franklin Delano Roosevelt made a political stop.

  • Former Gloversville High School at Estee Park region, 90 N. Main St.


Be sure to stop at The Glove Theatre Museum, located next to the theater, the Karpeles Museum at 66 Kingsboro Ave. and the Fulton County Museum at 237 Kingsboro Ave. The Glove Theatre Museum hosts a timeline of The Glove Theatre and Gloversville's past, as well as movie posters, pictures of stars and an old-style film projector from the 1920s. The theater began in the early 1900s and was once owned by the Schine Brothers who brought in vaudeville acts from around the country. Acts included Jack Benney, Buddy Ebsen and Ann Rutherford. Karpeles Manuscript Library Museum is housed in a former First Church of Christ, Scientist, and facility from 1932. In addition to worldwide historical documents and artifacts, exhibits include baseball with vintage balls and gloves that were made right in Gloversville. The Fulton County Museum is housed in the former Kingsboro Academy that was established in 1831. The permanent displays include those dedicated to the local railroad, glove industry, schools, and the military. Special events and activities are held throughout the year.


Baseball enthusiasts will enjoy exploring the New York State Baseball Hall of Fame, located at 45 Harrison St. The 6,500 square foot museum has two large rooms, including a dedicated movie theater complete with authentic stadium seating. It will house historic baseball artifacts including signed baseballs, jerseys, bats, photos, baseball cards and baseball memorabilia. The Wall of Fame hosts more than 150 famed inductees.


Enjoy spending time in the past in Downtown Gloversville and learn more about the former Glove Capital of the world and the people who created it.

 

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Discover Downtown Gloversville

 

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