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Cemetery Drive Tour offers escape

Cemetery Drive Tour offers escape

Looking for a reason to get out of the house without worrying about catching or spreading COVID 19? Our self driving tour of 9 cemeteries in and around Middletown is just the ticket. Scenery, history and freedom on four wheels! This poignant memorial to a child can be found at the Bedell Cemetery.    

Win this painting!

This lovely winter view from atop Palmer Hill, Andes looking east towards the central Catskills was painted by the late John Hopkins and is this year’s prize in HSM’s annual raffle. Donated by Meg Hopkins, the acrylic on canvas in white frame measures 9″x12″.Tickets are $1 each, 6 for $5. To receive tickets to fill […]

Leslie the lamplighter

Among HSM programs and events canceled by the COVID 19 pandemic was the Living History Tour of Margaretville Cemetery. Among the characters who had planned to greet visitors on June 20 was Arthur Leslie Dumond, stone carver, lamplighter and school janitor. Leslie (he went by his middle name) was born in 1860 to Mary Jane […]

1945 poster promoting victory gardens

Return of the Victory Garden

The battle against COVID-19 has prompted the return of an initiative that helped the US get through two previous wars of the shooting kind: The victory garden. Whether fearful of shopping amid crowds at grocery stores, wary of coming food shortages, or desirous of some degree of self-sufficiency, many folks are planning their own victory […]

Caring for European patients of the 1890 Russian Influenza in an isolation tent

La Grippe of 1890

“’La Grippe,’ or the Russian Influenza, is heard from all parts of the world and creates the greatest public interest,” reported the Delaware Gazette January 1, 1890. “The fatal cases are very few, but the number of cases is very great and many of them very distressing. There seems to be none yet in this […]

A priest with a flair for design

A priest with a flair for design

In early 1937, the Catskill Mountain News gave us a glimpse of one man’s efforts to brighten up two local churches and a cemetery. “The interior of the church of the Sacred Heart at Fleischmanns (now a private home) is being repainted and made ready for the summer. The work is proceeding under the direction […]

The day after Thanksgiving

This interesting article was taken from the Delaware Gazette, Nov. 16, 1825. Except for the Thanksgiving balls, it all sounds so familiar . . .  The editor of the Connecticut Mirror makes the following remarks, introductory to the Proclamation of Gov. Clinton, setting apart he 24th of Nov, inst. as a day of Public Thanksgiving: […]

Gas in 1950 was 27 cents a gallon

The Ruffs go to Florida

As half the Catskills prepares to load up the car to head to the Sunshine State for the winter, it’s fun to look back half a century or more to see what that trip used to cost. A penciled accounting of the pennies spent on the round trip from New Kingston to Orlando was found […]

Fleischmanns businesses, c. 1950

Marilyn Mayes Kaltenborn, author of “An Unconventional Childhood: Growing up in the Catskill Mountains in the 1950s and 1960s,” compiled this list of businesses and shops in Fleischmanns at the mid point of the 20th century. She will be the featured speaker at HSM’s Annual Meeting and Luncheon Oct. 26, 2019. Businesses in Fleischmanns during […]

Louis Lane's senior portrait

Stranded in Greenland

So you think it’s cold in the Catskills? Consider the case of Louis A. Lane, who was stranded on a 7,800-foot ice cap in Greenland 70 years ago and lived to tell the tale. Louis Arlington Lane was the son of Louis R. and Mary Quick Lane who lived in Arena and ran a general […]