Sullivan County’s First World War Sacrifices


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Leonard Houghtaling from Neversink (on right) served overseas and fought in WWIJuly, 2017 is 100th anniversary of the first U.S. forces sent overseas to fight in World War I. The Time and the Valleys Museum in Grahamsville, NY will be honoring the men who fought in the war and the women who supported the troops by hosting a new exhibit and weekend of special programming on July 8th and 9th.

The new exhibit, A Rendezvous with Death: Local Sacrifice in the First World War highlights Sullivan County residents who participated in WWI. It includes photos, artifacts and little known facts and information about the war. The new exhibit can be viewed through Labor Day during Museum hours: Thursday through Sunday, noon to 4 pm and weekends in September.

Garritt of Woodbourne, served overseas from 1918 to 1919On Saturday, July 8th at 2 pm, Military Historian Charles M. Breiner will give an overview of World War I including the different armies involved, impact of new weapons and how the Treaty of Versailles set the stage for over 100 years of warfare. A short presentation by Museum researchers on Dr. Karl Connell, a former Claryville, Ulster County resident who invented the Connell Gas Mask is also included. Admission is $3 for non members, and Museum members are free.

On Sunday, July 9th at 2 pm, Mark Rust, singer and musician from Woodstock will perform The Songs of World War I, a presentation of favorite songs of American soldiers from World War I. The songs reflect the experiences the soldiers encountered and well as the songs of the families remaining on the home front. The program includes songs by American songwriters like Irving Berlin and George M. Cohan, and includes How Ya Gonna Keep’em Down on the Farm, Yankee Doodle Dandy and Over There. Admission is $3 for non-members and Museum members are free.

Mark Rust starred in the Broadway Musical Hit Pump Boys and Dinettes, has appeared in People Magazine, performed with Pete Seeger and Peter, Paul & Mary, and has released several recordings.

The Museum is located at 332 Main Street (St. Rt. 55) in Grahamsville, NY. For further information on the WWI programs or exhibit, call (845) 985-7700, email info@timeandthevalleysmuseum.org or visit the museums website.

Photos from above: Leonard Houghtaling from Neversink (on right) served overseas and fought in WWI; and Harold Garritt of Woodbourne (center) served overseas from 1918 to 1919.

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