WEBINARS

KILLING TIME IN THE CATSKILLS: A book talk on infamous Sullivan County, NY murderess, Lizzie Halliday lives again within the pages of a comprehensive true crime narrative titled “Killing Time in the Catskills” by Kevin Owen.
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BUILDING THE ASHOKAN RESERVOIR: Author Frank Almquist brings to life the story of how this massive dam, miles of dikes, and water controls was built more than 100 years ago mostly by hand. Author Frank Almquist hopes his collection of real-photo postcards and other collected material, with support of local collectors, libraries, and historical societies, will provide the reader with a better understanding of how the reservoir was built.
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THE LENAPE: THEIR LANGUAGE, THEIR CULTURE, THEIR LEGACY: Sullivan County Historian John Conway will give his talk on the Lenape Native Americans who first arrived in this area over 11,000 years ago and ultimately controlled a land mass that encompassed from what is today upstate New York to the state of Delaware. They called this land Lenapehoking, or “land of the Lenape”.
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TAKING THEIR WATER FOR OUR CITY- ARCHAEOLOGY OF NEW YORK CITY'S WATERSHEDS:NYC has clean water because it comes from pure and rural mountains. However, there is nothing natural about NYC’s water. To create the water system, thousands of people lost homes and businesses, and had to sue the City for compensation. Over the last nine years, Beisaw and her Vassar College students have hiked portions of the city-owned watershed to document the ruins of lives cut short by a distant City. In what was left behind, researchers can begin to estimate the price that rural people paid for providing clean water to City residents. Dr. April M. Beisaw is an associate professor of Anthropology at Vassar College in New York’s Hudson River Valley.
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THE PALENS: A SULLIVAN COUNTY TANNING DYNASTY: This presentation explores the Palen family’s story and its contributions to Sullivan County history. Between the end of the 18th century and the turn of the twentieth century, several dozen Palens and their extended kin owned, built, and operated leather tanneries in New York and Pennsylvania.
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HERITAGE FARM COOKBOOK: Authors Cathy Russo and Penny Coombe will discuss the creation of the Heritage Farm Cookbook which focuses on local families and their old time treasured recipes from the 50s and earlier. A recipe will be recreated with taste testing, and other recipes and historical information will be highlighted.
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HIDDEN TREASURES OF THE CATSKILLS: Author Tony Musso will discuss his book on the hidden treasures of the Catskills, including sites such as Woodchuck Lodge, D&H Canal, and many more.
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A HISTORY OF THE ROOT CELLAR: Talk by Museum Trustee David Forshay of Willowemoc on the importance of root cellars in the past as a place to store the winter food supply, including vegetables, fruits, nuts or other foods. Includes information on root cellar construction.
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BRITISH STRATEGY IN THE HUDSON RIVER: Military Historian Charles Breiner will discuss British strategy to divide New England from the rest of the colonies and thus divide and conquer by taking control of the Lake Champlain - Hudson River Corridor.
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DENNING HISTORY AFTERNOON- WICKED ULSTER COUNTY: Author and Town of Gardiner Historian A.J. Schenkman will speak on his book, Wicked Ulster County.
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THE HISTORY OF WINTOON- A GRAND NEVERSINK ESTATE: Summer resident Laura Brock will speak about the history of Wintoon, an estate built by Clarence Roof after he bought out the Parker Place in 1882. Roof’s adopted daughter, "Frank” Hovey Roof married surgeon and inventor Karl Connell who developed the first all American gas mask used in World War I.
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MASTADONS OF ORANGE COUNTY: There have been more than 80 mastodons recovered in this state since Charles Wilson Peale’s earliest recovery in 1811 in Montgomery, Orange County. Join Gary Keeton who has participated in several exhumations of New York state mastodons to learn about the modern recovery of these creatures that roamed the area more than 10,000 years ago.
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SPRING INTO SEEDING: John W. Story of Story’s Neversink Plant Co. In Neversink, NY will demonstrate how to start vegetable seeds and how to make cuttings of common flowering garden plants. Using step by step instructions each step will be demonstrated and explained so you will be able to easily do it for yourself and have a successful garden this spring.
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TANNERY HIDES AND THE BEAVERKILL BRIDGE: Town of Rockland Historian Joyce Conroy will tell the story of how 100 year old tanned hides were found in the Beaverkill Bridge.
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GLACIERS OF THE CATSKILLS: Join Haley Springston Watershed Coordinator of the Rondout-Neversink Stream Management Program for an illuminating program on Catskill Glaciers. 
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MYSTERIOUS STONE SITES IN THE HUDSON VALLEY: There are mysteries in the woods of the Hudson Valley of New York and northern New Jersey. Zimmermann explores stone chambers, perched boulders, standing stones, and massive walls that may just be unique historical treasures that should be studied and preserved. Some stone sites are assumed to be the work of colonial farmers, but author and researcher Linda Zimmermann has found compelling evidence that disputes this misconception. Could the astronomical alignments at these sites provide answers? Could they be the work of Native Americans or Pre-Columbian voyagers?
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EVENTS LEADING TO THE JAPANESE ATTACK ON PEARL HARBOR: Military historian Charles Breiner will discuss Japan’s relationship with the United States, starting with Commodore Mathew Perry’s visit to Japan in 1853 until the war with the United States began on December 7, 1941. Topics include Japanese transformation from a feudal system to a modern industrialized military power, the first Sino-Japanese War, the Russo-Japanese War, the Japanese seizure of Manchuria in 1931, the Second Sino-Japanese War, and an explanation of how President Roosevelt maneuvered Japan into going to war with the United States.
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CATSKILL STREAM GEOLOGY:
A program by Haley Springston, Watershed Planning Coordinator of the Rondout-Neversink Stream Program. Take a virtual geology hike along a Catskill stream and learn how Catskill streams were formed nearly 380 million years ago. The program also includes how to identify rock structures and rock types in present-day Catskill streams.
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TRI-VALLEY AREA ONE ROOM SCHOOLS: Take a look back on the history of the Tri-Valley School District with a special emphasis on the protracted process of obtaining permission to establish a high school for the district.
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THE SUFFRAGISTS- FIGHT FOR THE VOTE IN SULLIVAN COUNTY: Women won the right to vote after decades of struggle and against strong opposition from men – and some women – who feared that government would be placed “under petticoat rule.” Ultimately, it was effective leadership and the development of what became known as “the winning plan” that turned the tide. Sullivan County Historian John Conway examines their strategies, the impact of World War I on the movement, and some prominent local leaders, including Elizabeth Worth Muller.
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THE STORY OF NEW NETHERLAND: DUTCH COLONY 1624 – 1644: The Story of New Netherland: Dutch Colony 1624 – 1644 by historian and former teacher Thomas Riley of New Jersey. This presentation traces the history of the Dutch Colony from the early explorations of Henry Hudson in 1609 to the Village of New Amsterdam (New York City) governed by Peter Stuyvesant, to the spread of settlers throughout the colony into the Hudson Valley and beyond. Local Sullivan and Ulster County Dutch history will also be explored.
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GREAT COVERED BRIDGES OF THE MID-HUDSON REGION: Author, Ronald Knapp, explores the covered bridges in the Mid-Hudson Region and connect our covered bridges with the national history of nineteenth century covered bridges. Sullivan and Ulster Counties stand at the forefront of New York State’s covered bridge history, with several of New York’s most significant covered bridges still stand in the Hudson Valley today.
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IN FURTHER RETROSPECT: A talk by Sullivan County Historian, John Conway on his new book, In Further Retrospect includes something for everyone, presenting vignettes of Sullivan County’s history from colonial times to the 21st century, and stories from virtually every corner of the county. CLICK HERE TO VIEW VIDEO

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

THE PRICE OF WATER:  Many people already know the story of the land, homes, farms, businesses, and graves that were taken to build New York City’s Catskill and Delaware water supply systems. What most people don’t know is that the story did not end there. We’re passionate about safeguarding the story of NYC taking of our lands for water. This passion has grown into an amazing project....Click here to find out more.

Funded by the Catskill Watershed Corporation
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