November 2023: Catskills Farm Phase II, Holiday, Shop, New Facebook group, and more!

How are you doing?

Ready for the holiday season? I’m not!

While our 2023 programs have ended, we are still very active, planning 2024 programs, the opening of the Catskill Farm Phase II (more on that later), major reorganization of office and storage space and more.NEW! Our technology and social media person Christina Wells has created a Facebook Group – Explore Sullivan County and Catskill History. She started posting two weeks ago, and already has 140 followers! Enjoy interesting photos and facts about Sullivan County and the Catskills; and share your own photos, stories and memories, too.

Collection Assistant Ashley Lawrence works hard each week cataloguing all of the donated items. Here is an interesting artifact recently donated by LouAnn Rexford. Do you remember using a modern version of this? Sadly, my kids have never used or even seen one:
Remington Typewriters made their first debut in 1874. The first typewriter was situated on top of a sewing table and would take up the whole table. As most things evolved, so did the typewriter. Fast forward to 1930 and you have the typewriter you see above. This is a vintage 1930’s Remington Portable Typewriter. This typewriter came attached with its own stand, which is the size of a typical laptop. This typewriter also has a cover that goes on top to protect it from everyday elements. Luckily for us this typewriter is still in good working condition.

Thank you to LouAnn Rexford for this wonderful donation.Ashley does such great work. Can you please donate to our year end appeal to help fund Ashley’s position into the future? A donation letter is going out to members this week.If you are not a member, please consider making a donation through the link below. Every little bit helps! For all donations over $25 you will become a member and receive all member benefits. Thank you so much.

Here is an update on the Catskill Farm Phase II. Things are really moving along! The grainary and chicken coop are in place, the wagon shed/calf barn, root cellar, small wagon shed and display carriage house are complete and the well house and smoke house have been painted and look great.
All of the buildings have new roofs; and the roll down sides have been installed on the Addy Pavilion. So much has been accomplished this year. We are hoping to have an official opening next summer, and will keep you posted as things progress.

On Saturday, December 2nd the United Methodist Church in Grahamsville (next door to the Museum) is hosting a craft fair from 10 to 3. The Museum will be there with great holiday gifts, local history books and heritage toys; and our gift shop will also be open (a short walk to the Museum).
The Board of Trustees and I wish you wish you wonderful times with family and friends this Thanksgiving. We are so grateful that you are part of the Museum, helping to promote and preserve history for all. Thank you so much for all you do.Donna