Local historian shares proceeds of book with War Veterans Memorial Committee

WAMPSVILLE — Madison County Historian Matthew Urtz has donated $1,000 — the proceeds from his recent book sales — to the War Veterans Memorial Committee.

The book, “Honoring World War Casualties of Madison County, New York,” tells the stories of more than 190 veterans with ties to Madison County who died while in service during World War I and World War II.

The project was nearly six years in the making, starting with an effort to document the stories of World War I soldiers who died in the line of duty.

Urtz said there are two goals for the project: To tell the stories of these soldiers, so they are always remembered; and secondly to donate $2,000 from the sale of the book to veterans organizations.

Those interested in finding out more about the book or its subjects can attend one of Urtz’s upcoming talks.

He will be at the Cazenovia Public Library on Wednesday, Oct. 12; the Town of Madison Historical Society on Monday, Oct. 17; the Town of Marshall Historical Society on Thursday, Oct. 20; the Chenango County Historical Society on Tuesday, Nov. 1; and the Morrisville Public Library on Friday, Nov. 18.

Urtz is also speaking to a number of community organizations as well. Those interested in having Urtz speak, or to learn more about the book, call 315-366-2453.

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