HSM announces 2018 schedule of programs

The Historical Society of Middletown has a busy schedule of talks, tours and special activities planned for 2018.
The season will start with a friendly battle of wits when HSM sponsors its first Trivia Challenge Saturday, May 5 at 7 p.m. at its hall, 778 Cemetery Rd., Margaretville. Teams of two and four will compete for awards. Door prizes and libations will be offered. Register your team ($25 per person) at 845-586-4689.
The Second Annual Underground History weekend for metal detectors will be held June 2-3. This ‘relic hunt’ will happen at select sites throughout Middletown. To participate (there is a fee) contact mrmetaldetector@aol.com.
On Saturday, June 9, a free, illustrated talk, “Trees, Skis and the Triple Cs,” will discuss the lasting contributions made by the New Deal Civilian Conservation Corps camps in the Catskills. The talk, by Diane Galusha, begins at 10 a.m. at the HSM hall, and will be followed by a walk through a local CCC plantation.
The 6th Living History Cemetery Tour will be held at Halcottsville Cemetery Saturday, July 7. One of HSM’s most anticipated events, the tour introduces visitors to former community residents who share their stories of life, love and loss. Reserve a tour time at 845-586-4736.
Celebrated photographer Art Kane will be the subject of a free, illustrated talk, “Marking Time,” by his son, Jonathan Kane, on Saturday, July 21, at 7 p.m. Kane, who lived in Margaretville in the 1960s and ‘70s, was noted for his fashion, celebrity and editorial photographs and was considered among the most influential visual artists of the 20th century.
Autumn events include a Family History Afternoon Sept. 8, the Margaretville Cauliflower Festival Sept. 22, the Annual Meeting and Luncheon Oct. 20 and, on Nov. 3, an observance of the 100th anniversary of the end of World War I. “Middletown in the Great War” will feature a slide show with photos of many local veterans, and readings of soldier letters, by members of Open Eye Theater. This program will take place at Middletown American Legion Hall 216.

Sat., May 5 Trivia Challenge!

Test your knowledge of history, art, science, sports and pop culture at this HSM fundraiser, with MC Jim Rauter. Awards, door prizes, refreshments. Teams of 2 and 4 welcome. $25/person. HSM Hall, 778 Cemetery Rd., Margaretville.  7 p.m. Register: 845-586-4689.

Sat-Sun, June 2-3 Underground History

Second annual relic hunt at historic sites throughout Middletown by Northeast Metal Detectors Club. BBQ and show ‘n tell Saturday. Registration required to participate. Fee. FMI: michelott@aol.com; 845-586-4973.

Sat., June 9 Trees, Skis and the Triple Cs

An illustrated talk at HSM Hall, 778 Cemetery Rd., Margaretville, by Diane Galusha, author of Another Day, Another Dollar: The Civilian Conservation Corps in the Catskills. Followed by a short hike through a local CCC plantation. This is a Headwaters History Days presentation. Admission by donation. 10 a.m.

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., July 21 Marking Time

An illustrated talk on the life and work of celebrated photographer and former Margaretville resident Art Kane, by his son, photographer Jonathan Kane, whose book, Art Kane, will be available for purchase. Admission by donation. HSM Hall, 778 Cemetery Rd., Margaretville.  7 p.m.

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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., Sept. 23 Margaretville Cauliflower Festival

Visit the History Tent for exhibits, kids’ activities, Treasure Table. Free admission. Village Park. Free admission. 10-4

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Sat., Oct. 20 Annual Meeting and Luncheon

Program to be announced. $20. Reservations required: 845-586-2860. Noon-2:30

Sat., Nov. 3 Middletown and the Great War

An illustrated talk by Diane Galusha, with excerpts from soldier letters read by Open Eye Theater players. Middletown Legion Post 216, 904 Main St., Margaretville. Donations welcome. 2 p.m.