2018 Schedule of Programs

Our 2018 Schedule of Programs has just been released!  Take a look at all we have to offer this year. We’re sure there is one (or more!) that will Pique your interest.

Return of the Eagle
Sunday, March 4, 2 p.m.
Members: FREE, non-members: $3

A presentation by local historian Tom Riley which traces the history of the American Eagle and other raptors from their near extinction in the 1960s as a result of the effects of DDT and other chemicals, to today, when eagles can be found in almost every state. Light refreshments are included.

From Garden Plot to Kitchen Pot
Sunday, March 25, 2 p.m.
Members: FREE, non-members: $4

Herbs have been with us forever – from their mention in Genesis, through the centuries to today, where they are distilled and sold on the internet daily. The reason is clear, they are good for our health and tasty too! Spend a winter afternoon with Diana K. Weiner, Sullivan Renaissance Horticulture Program Manager, learning about the history, cultivation, propagation and the many culinary uses of herbs. Just in time for the start of the 2018 gardening season! Light refreshments are included.

NYC’s Water Supply
Sunday, April 8, 2 p.m.
Members: FREE, non-members: $5

A discussion about the operation, protection and maintenance of New York City’s water supply – the largest municipal drinking water supply in the U.S. by DEP Director of Public Affairs, Adam Bosch. He will also share information and photos from the Delaware Aqueduct Bypass Tunnel, a project to repair the longest tunnel in the world, along with a preview of the upcoming Ashokan Century Program. Light refreshments are included.

Honey and the Bee
Sunday, April 22, 2 p.m.
Members: FREE, non-members: $6

Join Son of a Bee from Grahamsville to learn about bee keeping, honey and the benefits of adding honey to your diet. Light refreshments are included.

New Volunteer Day
Sunday, May 20, 1 p.m. FREE

Interested in helping at the Museum, but want to know more? Join us for an information session and tour of the Museum to learn how you can help and all the benefits of volunteering. Light refreshments are included.

The History of Ellenville
Sunday, May 20, 2 p.m.
Members: FREE, non-members: $8

Henry “Bucky” Green, Town of Wawarsing Historian and member of the museum advisory board of the Ellenville Public Library & Museum will speak on his “Images of America” book on Ellenville. Books will be available for sale and light refreshments are included.

Denning and Claryville History Afternoon
Sunday, June 10, 1 p.m.

View our rich collections from Claryville and Town of Denning that brings life to the history of the Upper Neversink and Upper Rondout valleys. Includes a special program and speaker. We welcome the sharing of any items relating to the Claryville or Denning area. The Claryville Church and old schoolhouse will also be open to visitors from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m.

O&W Railroad Talk & Display
Sunday, August 12, 1 p.m.
Members: FREE, non-members: $10
Location: Claryville Church

Talk by Jeffrey Otto, President of the O&W Railway Historical Society covering the O&W from Young’s Gap (just north of Liberty) to Cadosia, concentrating on the many bridges in that section, plus the industries served by the railroad. Attendees can visit Charles Breiner’s O&W model railroad display in Claryville immediately following the presentation. Light refreshments are included.

Kurpil Family Fiddlers
Sunday, August 26, 2 p.m.
Members: FREE, non-members: $11

The Kurpil Family Fiddlers will perform their toe tapping fiddle music while intermingling local fiddle music history, song history and the origins of fiddling. Includes an exhibit of fiddle photos and memorabilia. Light refreshments are included.

Neversink History Afternoon
Sunday, September 9, 1 p.m.

Photos, records, stories and artifacts from the Town of Neversink. Includes a special program and speaker. Come and share your Neversink history!

Waterwheel Demonstration
Sunday, October 14, 2 p.m.
Members: FREE, non-members: $13

Come and see our waterwheel supplying water to the milk house and running early equipment! Learn how water has been used by farmers over time and how it is safeguarded today. Light refreshments are included.

Lost Towns
Sunday, October 21, 2 p.m.
Members: FREE, non-members: $14

Wes and Barbara Gottlock, authors of Lost Towns of the Hudson Valley will speak about the lost towns of the Ashokan Reservoir, brick making in the town of Roseton near Newburgh and Camp Shanks/Shanks Village in Rockland County. Light refreshments are included.

Needle Arts from the Past for Today: Cross Stitch
Sunday, October 28th, 2 p.m.
Members: FREE, non-members: $15

Cross stitch is one of the oldest needle arts and still very popular today. Join Penny Coombe and friends to learn some of the history of cross stitch, view examples and try your hand at a small project. Age eight and up are welcome – no experience is needed! Pre-registration required.

The Art and Craft of Catskill Leather
Sunday, November 4, 2 p.m.
Members: FREE, non-members: $16

Ryan Trapani, Director of Forest Services for the Catskill Forest Association, will discuss the impacts of the hemlock bark tanning industry on Catskill communities and forests. He will also describe how he uses hemlock bark today to convert deerskins into leather. Light refreshments are included.