Fulton Memoir Project




Once again our team of local authors and community members is working hard to gather information and memoirs for our next book! The topic of our most recent project is the churches of Fulton and communities of worship throughout it's history.

We are looking for people to contribute to this project by writing a short memoir or by doing an interview with one of our team members. We hope that you'll share with us your worship-related memories and positive experiences from your time living and growing up in our beautiful city so that we may continue to share its rich history with those around us.

Share your memories with the community!

If you'd like to contribute a memoir please contact the library at 315-592-5159 or email us at fullib@ncls.org 

For those who are curious what a memoir might include, below is an example provided by Rev. David C. Nethercott: 

Reverend David C. Nethercott served The First United Church of Fulton from October 1, 1997 through June 31, 2015.
Here is an excerpt from his memoir of that time.
“ In June of 1997 I met with The Reverend Gary Baker, Area Minister for the Iroquois Association of the American Baptist Churches of New York State, and through him was considered by the newly formed First United Church of Fulton. My arrival in Fulton from Dayton, Ohio, October 1st, 1997, was to a community where winter weather was threatening, and a sense of loss was in the water, so to say, including the closure of Miller Brewing Company, which was preceded by many industries in “the city the Great Depression missed.”  Loss had also visited two historic Fulton churches, First Baptist Church and First Presbyterian Church.  The two churches, kitty corner from each other on Utica and South Third Street, had enjoyed a long history of good feeling, cooperation related to children and youth ministries, and summer preaching schedules.  But by the late 1980s, both congregations had lost enough members to threaten their survival, out of which emerged movement toward merger…  
“…There would be creative moments for shaping the liturgy and common life of the newly emergent church. For example, on Christmas Eve 1997, we lighted the traditional Christ Candle in the Advent Wreath, and then, the following Sunday, and each Sunday thereafter, we lighted a dominant Christ Candle every Sunday at the start of our worship.  That was an innovation new to both sides of the congregation.  With delight, I found an open lane to lead liturgy in ways that suited me based on my doctoral studies in the liturgical arts.   I felt immediately at home as a member of the Chancel Choir, and also at home with Burton Phillips, Ben Holroyd from the Baptists, and Merrill Hoffman, a Presbyterian, as a member of the United Voices Quartet…”