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July 12 film tells story of radio, TV star Gertrude Berg

July 12 film tells story of radio, TV star Gertrude Berg

“Yoo Hoo, Mrs. Goldberg,” a documentary about radio and television pioneer Gertrude Berg, will be screened Sunday, July 12 at 1 p.m. at the Historical Society of the Town of Middletown (HSM), 778 Cemetery Rd., Margaretville. Admission is $5. The famed comedienne got her start in show business in Fleischmanns and is buried in Bnai […]

Cedric Taylor awarded Hendricks Scholarship

Cedric Taylor awarded Hendricks Scholarship

The Margaretville Fire Department and the Historical Society of the Town of Middletown (HSM) have presented Cedric Taylor with the 2015 George Hendricks Jr. Memorial Scholarship. Cedric, homeschooled by his parents, Ken and Amy Taylor of Bull Run Road, Margaretville, graduated this year and is headed to Bob Jones University in South Carolina to study […]

Jane VanBenschoten Dowie

Cemetery Tour reservation deadline is June 17

The Fourth Annual Living History Cemetery Tour, sponsored by the Historical Society of the Town of Middletown (HSM), will take place Saturday, June 20 at the New Kingston Valley Cemetery, Thomson Hollow Rd., New Kingston. Rain date is June 21. Reservations ($15) are required. Call 586-4736 by June 17 to reserve a specific tour time. […]

4th Annual Cemetery Tour coming up

4th Annual Cemetery Tour coming up

Eight men and women, their voices silenced long ago, will return to tell their stories at the Fourth Annual Living History Cemetery Tour Saturday, June 20 at the New Kingston Valley Cemetery, Thomson Hollow Rd., New Kingston. Rain date is June 21. Reservations are required by June 18. Group tours begin every 20 minutes starting […]

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 […]