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Town Appoints New Historian

The Town of Greenfield has appointed resident Duane Cornell to the position of historian. The part-time position of historian includes the role of interpreting the past, teaching and writing about history, advocating for historic preservation and helping promote historic anniversaries. The role had been held for the past ten years by Ron Feulner, who passed away this year.


Cornell held numerous positions at Curtis Lumber for 27 years until he retired in 2023. He is a past member of the Greenfield Fire Department, serving as lieutenant and captain.


Cornell is a fifth-generation resident of Greenfield. He said his love of history was born in the historic home he was raised in on Old Stone Church Road. The home and his family trace back to the 1800s in Greenfield. After many years in Saratoga, Luzerne and Corinth, he returned to his hometown five years ago purchasing property in Porter Corners.


“What is great about this town is that, even in this day and age, Greenfield is still a small-town community,” said Cornell. “The town offers something for everyone at all stages of their lives. I am excited to share the rich history of our town with the people of Greenfield.”


Cornell has been married to his wife, Betty, for 26 years and has a grown daughter and son, along with three grandchildren. Cornell is an active member of the Greenfield Historical Society, where he will continue to play a role.




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