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Unique Holiday Gift Ideas!

TLooking for the perfect gift for that special someone on your list who seems to have everything? Just in the nick of time, here are some unique gift ideas from the Cortland Youth Bureau and the Cortland County Historical Society. These two organizations have teamed up to produce a delightful set of 8 note cards depicting various historical scenes and people. The famous Dexter House, shown here, at the southeast corner of Main and Clinton Streets, provides the backdrop for the rally of motorbike enthusiasts early in the 20th Century, is just one example of what you will find in this collection. The cards make great thank you notes or are just perfect for keeping in touch for any occasion.

Other items to be found at the Historical Society that are sure to please any history buff on your list include anything from old photographs to new publications. One such popular book is titled “Cortland County Remembers, From the Forties to the Seventies.” Another popular item is the limited edition Cortland County Bicentennial plate. You can even purchase a beautiful afghan to cuddle up under as you learn more about the history of Cortland. The gift shop is open Tuesday through Saturday, from 9:30am to 5:00pm. For more info, call 607-756-6071 during the hours listed above. The Historical Society is located at 25 Homer Avenue in Cortland.

Shoppers can also stop by the Cortland Youth Bureau at 35 Port Watson Street in Cortland to purchase the same historical note cards in packages of 8, or individually. Proceeds for the cards purchased at the Youth Bureau go to support the East End Community Center. Another popular item, available at the Youth Bureau only, are the East End Community Center’s “History and Heritage Programs,” including ones about the History of Cortland’s East End, the Irish, Italian, Lebanese and Ukrainian immigrations to Cortland, and the very popular “One Hundred Years of Music in Cortland.” All programs are available on both VHS and DVD at a very affordable price. Contact the Youth Bureau at 607-753-3021 for more information about these items, or stop down Monday through Friday, 9am to 5pm.

The Dexter House, courtesy of the Cortland County Historical Society