...A place for the whole family...
Shelburne Grange was founded in 1903 and has always been committed to providing a place where families and friends can share their talents with each other and the community.
History of the Grange
The Grange, also known as The Patrons of Husbandry, was founded in 1867 by Oliver Hudson Kelley as a way to unite the farmers in this country and begin to improve their economic and social position following the Civil War. It was one of the first formal groups to allow women equal membership.
Historically, the Grange has been called the "Friend of the Farmer." Today it supports legislation concerning Regional Dairy Compacts and Preservation of Farmland as well as rural Highways and Infrastructure, Food Safety Protection, Rural Telecommunications Access, and the Endangered Species Act.
Like many fraternal organizations the Grange has a state and national level. The Grange is a non-partisan organization that is very effective in state and national legislation. Legislative policy begins at the local level allowing members to voice concerns and improve their quality of life.
Shelburne Grange is dedicated to offering quality programs that educate and entertain the entire family. Programs are held once a month, usually the third Wednesday, and are a reflection of the memberships' interests. Programs range from agricultural to legislative.
The COVID pandemic provided an opportunity to share programs through modern technology with Grange members across the miles. Past programs include a presentation by a local elementary school’s “HAY” (Hawlemont Agriculture and You) program directors, travel programs (Bhutan, India; Grange Revival camping trip), John Root presenting “Attracting Birds and Butterflies”, a Shelburne Historical Society presentation about dairy and cheese (with tasty samples), and a reprise of “Letters from Maud.”
Business meetings are held at Fellowship Hall on Little Mohawk Road in Shelburne, generally on the first Wednesday of each month at 7 pm.
All meetings and programs are open to the public.