September 2023: Gala, Collections updates, and more!


I hope you had a nice Labor Day weekend.  

Please join us in honoring two wonderful people whose efforts were so important to the formation of the Museum: Town of Neversink Historian Carol Smythe & and founding Museum member Barbara Purcell at the Catskill Farm Autumn Gala at Frost Valley YMCA, Claryville, Sunday, September 17th from 4:30 to 8:30.

And our next program:

Vintage Base Ball Games

Saturday, September 23, noon, at the Grahamsville Fairgrounds 

The teams will play two games – one by 1864 rules and one by 1895 rules.  Whether you like history, baseball or both, this is a fun event for you!   Hope to see you!

Have you met Ashley yet?

Ashley is our super new Collection Assistant who helps run the Museum on weekends. She comes across interesting artifacts in her work, which she likes sharing with you.  Here is her most recent:

Advertisers throughout the years have tried multiple different avenues to get the attention of the public. One of the most common ways of doing that is by having a vibrant advertisement that catches the person’s eye. While going through pages of vintage ads recently donated by Barbara Purcell of Grahamsville, you can see that J & P Coats Best Six Cord Thread took their advertising to a new level.

The leading sewing thread company in the country, J & P Coats business journey started in the late 1800’s and in 1953 they joined another company. They used vibrant colors and various different illustrations to appeal to everybody. I have chosen two of the advertisements for this month’s email:

These two very different advertisements show how J & P Coats Best Six Cord Thread used different approaches to appeal to their future customers. 

Thanks Ashley! 

While going through my files, I came across interesting and little known information on several different themes used in our past exhibition, Picture Yourselfie(ie) in the 1930s. Did you see that exhibition?  It had sections on hats, laundry, barber, outhouse, school and farm animals. In each of these sections you could interact with the artifacts in front of a backdrop and take photos, too. 

It was lots of fun!

Here’s some of what I found about cows: 

·       A cow committed murder after it stepped on a loaded rifle and shot another cow in the head.

·       Cows are color blind. Bulls charge a matador’s cape because it is moving, not because it is red.

·       There are more cows than people in the United States.

·       Twelve or more cows are known as a fink.

·       Boanthropy is a rare mental disorder that causes a person to think he is a cow. The Babylonian king Nebuchadnezzar had Boanthropy and would eat grass.

I will leave you with this corny cow joke (I like corny jokes – you can tell them to anyone and usually get a smile):

What is the easiest way to count a herd of cattle?

With a COWculator!

Did it make you smile?  Hope so!  Have a great rest of your day, and hope to see you at the gala.

-Donna, Museum Director