The Historical Society of the Town of Middletown is Looking for Information!

The Historical Society of the Town of Middletown (HSM) is putting together an exhibit, “Animals on the Farm,” for the History Tent at the September 27 Cauliflower Festival. Consider sharing your stories about favorite Jerseys or cow dogs, barn cats or horse teams. Photos, diary entries, clippings and letter excerpts recounting animal encounters or escapades from your parents’ or grandparents’ day are welcome too. Call Diane at 845-586-4973 or email .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address).

Much new material has been added to the HSM website recently. Information-packed applications for 14 historic sites that are on the State and National Registers of Historic Places have been posted on the Features page of http://www.mtownhistory.org.

These include the Galli-Curci Estate in Highmount and the Galli-Curci Theater in Margaretville; Bnai Israel Synagogue and Skene Memorial Library in Fleischmanns; the Stone Schoolhouse (District 10) in Dunraven; Hubbell Farm and Kelly Corners Cemetery; the Kelly Round Barn; the Margaretville and New Kingston Presbyterian Churches; the New Kingston Historic District; the Halcottsville Old School Baptist Church; the Pakatakan Art Colony in Arkville; the Thomson Farm (actually in the Town of Roxbury, just outside the Middletown line, near New Kingston); and the VanBenschoten House on Margaretville Mountain.

On the Tin Horn page of the website are several capsule histories: the 144th Regiment’s experience at the Battle of Honey Hill, SC, with photos of the recent reenactment of that battle at the Delaware County Historical Assoc.; a colorful article that first appeared in the Catskill Mountain News about music in the Old School Baptist Church; a profile of the itinerant early 19th-century stone carver known as Coffin Man; and a short article musing on the occupation “feather renovator” found in the 1880 Middletown Census for a man named J. L. Thurber.

If you’ve attended any of HSM’s programs this year, you might find your photo on the website, too. Check out the Calendar entries for post-event images.

And mark your own calendar for HSM’s next program, Sunday, August 24, when the 77th Regimental Balladeers will be back by popular demand to present an afternoon of “Best Loved Folks Songs.”  

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