HSM seeks historic materials

Are you moving, downsizing or simply cleaning house? Not sure what to do with the interesting old stuff you’ve found in boxes, desks or in the attic? Don’t toss it! The Historical Society of the Town of Middletown (HSM) welcomes donations of historic materials to add to its new archives in Margaretville.

The interim archives, located in the garage behind Fairview Public Library, will accept items Monday, Oct. 12 from 10 to 2, by appointment only. Email history@catskill,net or call 845-586-4973 to confirm a time.

Going forward, the archives will be open for donations on the first Monday of the month (Nov. 2, Dec. 7), between 10 and 2. Call to make an appointment. If Monday is inconvenient, arrangements can be made for a different date and time to deliver materials. Please do not leave items outside the garage at any time.

Donors will be given a Deed of Gift form listing contributed items and will have the satisfaction of helping to preserve local history.

HSM collects books and manuscripts, including diaries, store ledgers, memoirs and published genealogies; maps; photographs; paintings created in or depicting the area; memorabilia related to personal, commercial, institutional and community history, and other items that have been created or used in the Town of Middletown or contiguous areas of the Towns of Roxbury, Hardenburgh, Shandaken, Halcott and Andes.

Middletown includes the Villages of Margaretville and Fleischmanns, and the hamlets of New Kingston, Halcottsville and Arkville as well as Clovesville, Kelly Corners, Millbrook, Dry Brook, Red Kill, Hubbell Hill, Dunraven and outlying areas.