HSM seeks photos of 1950s farm life

The Historical Society of the Town of Middletown is preparing to mount an exhibit focused on farming in the 1950s in the History Tent of the Cauliflower Festival September 24.

If you have images you’d like to share, contact Diane Galusha, 845-586-4973 to arrange to have them scanned, or email your scanned photos to history@catskill.net. Photos showing people at work or play, as well as landscapes, farm buildings and livestock would be most appreciated.

About ten years ago, HSM worked with local elders to develop a map of the town and contiguous areas showing the locations of nearly 200 family farms c. 1950. The map will be put on display again at this year’s festival, along with photos of some of these farms, and images of businesses and community life of the late 1940s-early 1950s.

The exhibit also expands on an April 16 slide show and memory sharing program at which a number of residents helped document mid-century Middletown.

September is Membership Month at HSM. To become a member, or renew yours stop by the HSM table at First Friday in Margaretville September 2 from 5 to 8 on Main Street, or visit www.mtownhistory.org. Memberships will also be taken at the Cauliflower Festival.