The Annual Denning and Claryville History Afternoon at the Time and the Valleys Museum has been set for Sunday, July 8th at 1 pm.
From 1 to 4 pm, the Museum’s collections of photos, records, books, oral histories and more from Claryville and the Town of Denning, will bring life to the history of the Upper Neversink and Upper Rondout valleys. Continue reading
The Time and the Valleys Museum has announced a New Volunteer Day and a program by Henry “Bucky” Green on the History of Ellenville have been set for 1 and 2 pm on Sunday, May 20th on St. Rt. 55 in Grahamsville, Sullivan County.
New Volunteer Day is an open house for anyone interested in learning about volunteering at the Museum. Visitors will take a tour of the Museum, meet the staff and volunteers and learn all about the different programs and projects that need volunteer assistance. The perks and benefits of volunteering, including a discount in the shop, travel reimbursement and free admission to programs will also be presented. This program is free and open to people of all ages with an interest in history and a willingness to help. Continue reading
Neversink History Afternoon will be held on Sunday, September 10th from 1 pm to 4 pm at the Time and the Valleys Museum in Grahamsville, Sullivan Caounty, NY.
The Museum’s collection of historical records, photographs, books and artifacts will be available to visitors, bringing to life the history of the Town of Neversink.
The afternoon also includes an exhibit on Town of Neversink maps from the late 1800s, and a program at 2 pm by Charles Barbuti III, “Friends, Family and Fun at the Farm: What Neversink Meant to My Dad,” about life in 1930s Neversink. Continue reading
The Liberty Museum & Arts Center in Sullivan County will host the 16h Annual Catskills Preservation and History Conference on Saturday and Sunday, August 26 and 27.
The events begin at 10 am on Saturday with the 22nd annual Architectural and Historical Tour, which this year will feature a behind the scenes look at two of the most iconic institutions in Sullivan County’s history, the Loomis Sanatorium and Grossinger’s resort, and explore the link between them. Continue reading
On August 2, 1915, Charles E. Becker was laid to rest in Woodlawn Cemetery in the Bronx, just two days after he had become the first police officer ever executed for murder in this country.
Charles E. Becker may well be the most notorious native of Sullivan County ever. Born on July 26, 1870 in Callicoon Center – he lived and worked on the family farm there until he was 21 – he became known as the most corrupt cop in New York City history, was tried and convicted twice of a high profile murder he quite likely did not commit, and was eventually executed in the Sing Sing electric chair – not without incident – on July 30. 1915.
But there’s a lot more to the Becker saga than that. Continue reading
July, 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. Continue reading
July, 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, Sullivan County will be hosting a weekend of educational programming and exhibit on July 8th and 9th. Continue reading
That peculiar phenomenon known as March Madness will soon be upon us, and with its arrival college basketball will be squarely in the national spotlight.
Time was, of course, that college basketball and the Sullivan County resorts were inseparable, and for years the best basketball players in the world could be found spending their summers playing ball in an informal hotel circuit of Sullivan County, NY. Continue reading
It was in October of 1948 that what local newspapers called “Sullivan County’s first commercial ski slope” began to take shape.
It was Christmas Hills on DeBruce Road in Livingston Manor, and despite the claims, it was not the first ski operation in the county, as Liberty Winter Sports, Inc. had operated the Walnut Mountain ski hill in Liberty more than a decade before. Continue reading
Long before the opening of Davos in Woodridge ushered in a new era in skiing in Sullivan County, before the Concord and Grossinger’s pioneered snowmaking techniques to service their rudimentary ski hills, and even before the Miller brothers operated Christmas Hills in Livingston Manor, skiing made its local debut at Walnut Mountain in Liberty.
In October of 1936, a corporation known as Liberty Winter Sports, Inc. purchased most of Walnut Mountain from Frank H. Mauer with plans to create a skiing facility at the site of the old Walnut Mountain House. Dr. S.W. Wells was president of the group, which also included B.K.J. Eenberg, Thomas P. McNamara, Albert T. Decker, Joseph E. Fersch, Paul H. Allen, and Gunnar Bjorgstrom. Joseph G. Dowling handled the publicity. Continue reading