Sat., July 7 Living History Cemetery Tour

Halcottsville Cemetery, Old River Road, Halcottsville. Tales of heartache, hard work, and the joys and secrets of small town life told by ten former residents. $20. Reservations required. To reserve a tour time (4-7 p.m.) or FMI: 845-586-4736. Rain date July 8.

Sat., Sept. 8 Family History Afternoon

Genealogy for Beginners with Doris Warner, 1 p.m.; Preserving Photos, Heirlooms and Keepsakes with Ray LaFever, 2 p.m.; Down Memory Lane: Share stories of favorite people, places and objects, 3 p.m. Bring photos and postcards to be scanned for the HSM archives! Admission by donation.

Sat., Oct. 27 Annual Meeting and Luncheon

Charles Yaple, author of “Jacob’s Land,” will speak on “The Revolution comes to Pakatakan.” $20. Reservations required: 845-586-2860. Noon-2:30 (Note new date)

Rafting down the Delaware — audio history

Bill Horne’s presentation at the HSM Annual Meeting Oct. 23 gave us a chance to hear voices from the past, namely Mike Todd, legendary hunter and woodsman, and Orson Slack, a former raftsman on the Delaware. Horne’s book, The Improbable Community: Camp Woodland and the American Democratic Ideal, chronicles the relationship between the youngsters at […]

Volunteers Kacey Chuili and Tony Tulumello are all smiles

Sat., Sept. 27 Cauliflower Festival

Cauliflower Festival, Food, art and community exhibits, kids activities, Tractor Parade, “Animals on the Farm” exhibit in the History Tent. Free. Maragretville Village Park. 10-3

Preserving cemetery history

Preservation of the history contained in burial grounds is relegated to a small group of dedicated caretakers without the resources, time and often energy to take care of the sacred places with which they are entrusted. HSM member Ed Stewart passed along this article from Nebraska about a woman who has made it her life’s […]

HSM seeks items for Flea Market table

The Historical Society of the Town of Middletown (HSM) will have a table at the Margaretville Hospital Auxiliary Antique and Flea Market August 4 at Margaretville Village Park. Proceeds from the table will go towards renovations of the HSM hall. HSM needs a little help from our friends to make this fundraising effort successful. If […]

John Duda and customers

Were you there , , ,

. . . at the Post Card and Ephemera Show and Sale June 16? Great time, lots of happy card hunters, and congenial vendors – Martin Wadler (back in his old stomping grounds), Carol Golas, Nancy Foutz, John Hartner (soon to be the Undertaker in our upcoming Living History Tour of Margaretville Cemetery) and John […]

Cast named for Cemetery Tour

Ten area residents will portray people from Middletown’s past in an unusual fundraising event to be held Saturday, June 30 by the Historical Society of the Town of Middletown (HSM). In the “Living History Tour of Margaretville Cemetery,” costumed portrayers will bring to life artists and farmers, lawyers and raftsmen, doctors and editors who now […]

Bowls Hotel, c. 1920s-30s, Postcard courtesy Roger Davis

Diner detective

Michael Engle, who maintains a site about classic diners at www.nydiners.com, wrote to ask if we knew of any photos of a diner that was incorporated into Bowl’s (Kelly’s) Hotel on Main Street in Margaretville. A bit of searching in the Catskill Mountain News and a phone call to long time resident Alton Weiss turned […]