KIRKLAND — Clinton resident Richard Williams recently was honored for his longtime work in documenting local history.

The Association of Professional Historians of New York State selected Williams for the 2017 Franklin D. Roosevelt Local Government Historian Professional Achievement Award.

A portion of the letter from the association informing him of his award reads: "Throughout your years as historian for the town of Kirkland and village of Clinton, your work in researching, writing and promoting local history is well-worth such a prestigious award."

"I knew I was being nominated for it," Williams, 77, said about the award. "I have had an interest in local history for years."

In addition to serving as historian for numerous entities in Clinton and Kirkland and maintaining ties with the Oneida County History Center, he has written numerous publications that include: "Kirkland Since 1827" and "The Village of Clinton at 160 Years."

What don't people know about local history?

"There's a lot. ... (More than 100 years ago) Clinton had a mining industry. ... It was with hematite ore. Thousands of tons of that is still here."

What's important about preserving local history?

"I think it's important to preserve all history. ... We are fortunate in Clinton to house all of these things. ... It's important to not just have these (things) but to show them. ... I think it's important to drive past a building...and know about the people behind them."

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