- Associated Press - Monday, July 13, 2015

JOHNSBURG, N.Y. (AP) - An upstate New York historical society has surpassed its online fundraising goal for replacing a roadside sign that was stolen from the birthplace of famed Civil War photographer Mathew Brady.

The Johnsburg Historical Society reports it has raised more than $2,600 as of Monday. Its goal was $1,900 to pay for a replacement for the blue-and-yellow cast-iron sign that was installed last year near Brady’s birthplace in Johnsburg, in the Adirondacks 65 miles north of Albany.

Brady was known to have been born in the area around 1822, but the exact location remained a mystery until 2011. That’s when two history buffs used 19th-century census records and other documents to locate the family homestead’s foundation.

The sign theft happened sometime last August. Police say their investigation continues.

The group’s fundraising effort on adirondackgives.org ends on Aug. 21.

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