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:; 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.


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


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.


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 the Phoenicia summer camp (1939-1962) and culture keepers like Todd and Slack. Camp Woodland documents and recordings are preserved with the papers of Norman Studer, the camp’s founder and director, at The M. E. Grenander Department of Special Collections and Archives at SUNY Albany. Give a listen to Studer’s 1944 interview of Orson Slack as he described the process and experience of poling rafts of logs and lumber from Arena to Trenton. He made the trip as a teenager, following his father, Richard Slack, who made more than 50 trips despite wearing a wooden leg, a souvenir of Civil War service.