Annual Meeting, Luncheon, Program Oct. 23

The Historical Society of the Town of Middletown (HSM) will hold its annual meeting and luncheon Saturday, Oct. 23 at noon at the Margaretville Fire Hall on Church Street.

The featured speaker will be Chuck D’Imperio, author, broadcaster and noted raconteur. He will describe some of the 50 “Unknown Museums of Upstate New York” that are included in his book of the same name.

Space is limited. Reserve your spot by October 16 ($20 per person) by calling 845-586-2860 or emailing

The luncheon, catered by Mary’s Cookin’ Again, will feature chicken and vegetarian entrees. It will be followed by a business meeting that includes reports on the Society’s 2020-21 activities and finances, and the election of three HSM Trustees.

Members will be asked to approve new trustees Linda Armour, a Redkill native and retired elementary school teacher; and Gary Smith, a lifelong resident of Middletown who recently retired from the NYC DEP. Agnes Laub, a retired teacher and school administrator who lives in Fleischmanns, is seeking a second three-year term on the Board.

Departing the board after many years of service are Marilyn Pitetti and Henry Friedman.

The entertaining Chuck D’Imperio will follow the business portion of the meeting with his talk on little known museums. Ever hear of the Drain Tile Museum?  The Kazoo Museum?  The Memorial Day Museum?  These and many others make for a wonderful talk.  Attendees are sure to go home with a smile on their faces and a lot more information about the hidden museum gems of Upstate New York.

Copies of this and other books by the Oneonta-based author will be available for purchase.

For more information on HSM activities, visit where you can become a member and donate to the Campaign for a Middletown History Center.