Neversink History Afternoon

[Grahamsville, N.Y.] – Neversink History Afternoon will be held on Sunday, September 9th from 1 p.m. to 4 p.m. at the Time and the Valleys Museum, on St. Rt. 55 in Grahamsville, Sullivan County. Our rich 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 the unveiling of a very special artifact just received by the Museum – a hand woven blue and white coverlet from Old Neversink.

At 2 p.m. John Conway, Sullivan County Historian will give a talk on Otto Hillig, the Liberty resident who became the most famous photographer in Sullivan County in the early 20th century, and the owner of the best equipped photography studio between New York City and Buffalo. An adventurer who owned one of the first automobiles in Sullivan County and loved to fly airplanes, Mr. Hillig became a pioneer of aerial photography and documented and preserved in photographs much of Sullivan County’s early 20th century history.

Anyone interested in learning more about the history of the Town of Neversink or has historical items or photographs to share, is encouraged to attend. Admission is FREE and includes admission to the Museum’s three floors of exhibitions.

About the Time and the Valleys Museum: Connecting Water, people and the Catskills, the Time and the Valleys Museum is open from Memorial Day to Labor Day, Thursday through Sunday, noon to 4 p.m. and weekends in September.

Current exhibitions:

  • Water and the Valleys, an exhibit on the history of the Rondout and Neversink watershed area from early geological times to the 20th century. This newly renovated exhibition includes interactives such as a Native American artifact guessing game, grinding corn with a mortar and pestle, videos and more.
  • Tunnels, Toil and Trouble: New York City’s Quest for Water and the Rondout-Neversink Story, an interactive exhibit on NYC water supply system and the towns that were removed to build the system, which includes computer interactives, games, puzzles, videos and building a dam and tunnel.
  • Picture Yourself(ie) in the 1930s, a completely hands on and immersive exhibition on life in the 1930s.

The Museum is located at 332 Main Street (St. Rt. 55) in Grahamsville Sullivan County. Adults admission is a suggested donation of $5, Children under 16 $2, and children under six are free. Town of Neversink and Town of Denning residents receive free admission every Thursday. As a Blue Star Museum, the Museum offers free admission to active duty military members and up to five family members. For more information call 845 985-7700, e-mail info@timeandthevalleysmuseum.org or visit www.timeandthevalleysmuseum.org/. Groups, camps and schools are always welcome – Guided tours are conducted for groups of 15 to 100 people throughout the year.

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