March 2024: Volunteer Afternoon, Farm updates, and more!


How are you doing?

I hope you are enjoying this BEAUTIFUL weather. I always look forward to spring, and now that the crocuses are up – we are there!

Did you attend any of our recent virtual programs?  All three – Cannonsville Reservoir History, Catskill Carnival: My Borscht Belt Life and the Delaware Aqueduct Repair Project were interesting and very well received.  They are now available to view on our website: along with many other programs on history, nature, conservation and more.  Take a look!

Sunday, March 24 from 1 to 3 p.m. (in person only)

Explore Volunteering and How You Can Help

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 Sunday, April 14th from 1 to 4 p.m.
FREE virtual and in person program:  BEGINNING GENEALOGY

Like solving puzzles?  Then genealogy is for you!  Explore this fun and challenging hobby of discovering your roots. Learn about online resources right at your fingertips and the wealth of materials in the Daniel Pierce Library, Sullivan County Historical Society, our museum and more.  Bring your photos, documents and stories and we will help you get started.

Email [email protected] for more information.

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This is a popular BBQ and we always sell out.  Get your tickets early.

Ashley Wilson, Collection Assistant has another GREAT artifact for you:

For my artifact of the week I decided to give you a sneak peek into what we have on display for this summer: this great Gillette Oil tanker! 


 The oil company was started on October 1, 1921 by George B. Reynolds, Bruce Gillette, and Harold B. Gillette. All three of the men were from Grahamsville. This tanker was used to deliver fuel oil in and around Ellenville, New York. I’ve also included the last copy of a calendar from 1976 with the history of the Gillette Consumers Oil. 

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This is one of many artifacts showcased at our hometown museum! 

Besides this wonderful Gillette oil tanker, there is so much to see at the Museum this year.  Our interactive exhibit Bittersweet Memories: Lost Towns of the Catskill Watersheds, and especially all of the changes going on up at the 1930s Catskill Family Farm: 

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 The Daniel Pierce Library has an interesting upcoming program:

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 It won’t be too long before we open for another season.  We are so busy getting ready and making changes.  What to be a part of all that we do?  Volunteer!  Hope to see you at our volunteer event next weekend or email me at [email protected] to find out how you can help.

Until next time,