Recent Press Releases

Objects and Memory at HSM

Objects and Memory at HSM

A multi-media presentation exploring the way ordinary objects are transformed into irreplaceable carriers of experience, aspiration, and identity will be offered Saturday, May 30 at 3:30 p.m. at the Historical Society of the Town of Middletown, 778 Cemetery Rd., Margaretville. This free program by filmmaker and historian Jonathan Fein is made possible by a grant […]

Local History in the Spotlight

Headwaters History Days, two full weekends of events, exhibits, open houses and activities celebrating the history, culture, folklife and landscape of the Central Catskills, will be held May 30 and 31, and again June 6 and 7. Visitors are invited to explore 16 historic sites across two counties, through the East Branch and Esopus Watersheds […]

Join our bucket list!

No, not that kind of bucket list. We’re looking for names to hang on Steve Miller’s sap buckets in a unique Rent-A-Bucket fundraiser. For $25 you get your name (or the name of your mother, kids, dog, cat or spouse), on a bucket, a chance to visit it in the Millers’ picturesque sugarbush near Margaretville, and […]

HSM welcomes newest trustee

Amy Taylor of Margaretville is the newest trustee of the Historical Society of the Town of Middletown. She was elected by HSM members at the organization’s tenth annual meeting and luncheon October 26. Amy, husband Ken and their four children have been active members of the Society for several years, and in particular have served […]

New York's first chairlift, Belleayre Mountain

Ski history is topic at annual meeting

An illustrated talk on the history of skiing in the Catskills will be presented Sunday, Oct. 26 at the Historical Society of the Town of Middletown’s annual meeting and luncheon. This closing event of the 2014 season begins at noon at the HSM hall, 778 Cemetery Road, Margaretville. Admission is $15 and reservations are required […]

Mamie Townsend and calf on the family's Bragg Hollow, Halcottsville farm.

Animals on the Farm display at Cauliflower Fest

Photos and stories of Animals on the Farm will be the featured exhibit in the History Tent at the Cauliflower Festival this Saturday, Sept. 27 from 10 to 4 in Margaretville Village Park. Find out about Olive, a handicapped Hereford on the Bouton farm in Halcott; the obstinate churn dog remembered by John Burroughs who […]

The James Martin house is moved from Arena to higher ground in Dunraven.

Remembering Arena: 60 years gone

An illustrated talk on the construction of the Pepacton Reservoir and its impact on displaced communities, particularly Arena, will be presented Sunday, Sept. 14 at 1 p.m. at the Historical Society of the Town of Middletown (HSM), 778 Cemetery Road, Margaretville. Admission is $2 for HSM members, $4 for non-members. Diane Galusha, author of Liquid […]

The Jeffers house, as it appeared in 1906

Evening of summer pleasures will benefit HSM

An evening of simple pleasures — garden strolling, porch sitting, cider sipping and a bit of lawn bowling, all enjoyed with background music from the player piano – will be the order of the day at a Summer Soiree Friday, July 11 at The Raven’s Nest, the home of Tom and Connie Jeffers in Margaretville. […]

Reserve Cemetery Tour time today!

Reserve Cemetery Tour time today!

The longest day of the year will bring the most anticipated event of the season when the Third Annual Living History Cemetery Tour comes to the Sanford Cemetery, County Route 6 (New Kingston Rd.), Dunraven. Reservations are required by June 18. Call 845-586-4736 to reserve one of seven tour times. Tickets are $12. Sponsored by […]

Old School Baptist Church program June 8

Sacred traditions and music will merge on Sunday, June 8 when the Historical Society of the Town of Middletown (HSM) presents “The Good Old Way: Music and Memories of the Old School Baptist Church,” at the HSM hall, 778 Cemetery Road, Margaretville. The free presentation begins at 2 p.m. Grounds will be open at 11 […]