About Us

The Time and the Valleys Museum strives to be the Catskills’ leading resource for exploring the history and future of access to clean water.

museum entrance and sign

History of the Museum

The year was 2003. A brave group of individuals with a shared interest in preserving local history and saving the story of the communities taken for the building of New York City’s reservoirs met in Grahamsville NY. That group spent many months learning what they had to do to begin a brand new museum.

By 2004, they had received not-for-profit status from the IRS, and the Time and the Valleys Museum was born. A temporary museum charter soon followed from the State Education Department in Albany. Located in the Town of Neversink Town Hall, and partially supported by the Town of Neversink, subsequent years were filled with fund raising events, educational programs, establishing a local history resource center, the collection of artifacts and photographs, and much more.

Hiring a part time director in 2009 helped the energetic museum board prepare to move the museum into a much larger building, an annex of the brand new Daniel Pierce Library. The museum moved into the three floor facility in June, 2011. Since that time, the Museum has created two permanent exhibits: “Water and the Valleys” and “Tunnels Toil and Trouble”, a museum shop with trained, dedicated volunteer staff, a Local History Research Center, and several temporary exhibits.

In 2018, the 1930’s Lost Catskill Farm opened with a house, barn, woodworking shop, blacksmith shop and other farm outbuildings. Created to illustrate life on a family farm before being removed to build NYC’s reservoirs, it is interpreted using the most advanced technology, including tours for mobile devices.

The museum’s long range plan is to create a “Museum Without Walls”, to be both indoor, outdoor and virtual, enthusiastically bringing history and the environment to others, wherever they may be.

Our Mission

Connecting Water, People, and the Catskills

Our Vision

The Catskills’ leading resource for exploring the history and future of access to clean water.

Board of Trustees

  • Richard Coombe [President] – Grahamsville, NY
  • Vickie Eddings – Claryville, NY
  • Dave Forshay – Livingston Manor, NY
  • Barbara Garigliano – Grahamsville, NY
  • Jessica Garigliano – Grahamsville, NY
  • Matthew Haynes – Grahamsville, NY
  • Roger Edwards [Historian]
  • Jarryd Killian [Treasurer] – New Paltz, NY
  • Andrew Kremer – Claryville, NY
  • Anne Marie Kremer – Claryville, NY
  • Barry Lewis [Vice President] – Woodbourne, NY
  • Dorothy Muthig – Parksville, NY
  • Lynn Priebe [Secretary] – Liberty, NY
  • Marianna Boncek [Museum Educator] – Woodstock, NY
  • Jackie Trotti-Noren – Neversink
  • Diana Weiner – Neversink, NY

Trustee Emeritus

  • Elise Hornbeck – Grahamsville, NY
  • Barbara Purcell – Grahamsville, NY
  • Carol Smythe – Grahamsville, NY

Staff

  • Donna Steffens [Director] – Pine Bush, NY
    (director@timeandthevalleysmuseum.org)
  • Ashley Lawrence [Collections Assistant] – Swan Lake, NY
    (a.lawrence@timeandthevalleysmuseum.org)
  • Christina Carminati [Museum Assistant] – Grahamsville, NY (c.wells@timeandthevalleysmuseum.org)