History Maker david goldHarold Gold (09/20/1923 - )


There are many ways to make history. A person can hold political office and decide vital matters of war and peace, invent machines that reshape the economy, or solve mysteries of the galaxies. Or a person can do ordinary things to an extraordinary degree and through dedication make the community a better place. My father, Harold Gold, has never held political office, invented transformative devices, or revolutionized science, but he has made local history through his business and community service in Sullivan County.


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logolongbeards2Sullivan County Long Beards

Since the very earliest days of Sullivan County history, the county’s forests and streams have provided both sport and subsistence to outdoor enthusiasts. Over the years, the exploits of these sportsmen have been well chronicled, from the early writings of James Quinlan to the current essays of Sullivan County Historian, John Conway. Among the numerous sportsmen’s clubs throughout the county that share in this heritage, the Sullivan County Long Beards are true representatives. Chartered with the National Wild Turkey Federation, the local chapter has promoted, over the years, the involvement of outdoor activity through education and conservation. The sponsors of numerous programs, the

Sullivan County Long Beards are committed to passing on this heritage, as well as the preservation and improvement of habitat, for future generations.

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GOlmstead.jpgGladys Olmsted, RN (10/19/1924 - 8/10/1997)

a pioneer in public health nursing in Sullivan County began her career as the county’s first Public Health Nurse in 1951, in an “office” with a dirt floor in the basement of the courthouse and retired 34 years later as the Director of the Sullivan County Public Health Nursing Service. She saw great drama in public health nursing, “cutting down the rate of premature infant births, helping someone with polio move a muscle.” “How could you not be excited?” 

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Sullivan County Historical Society History Maker Award 2002


JennieGJennie Grossinger


Jennie Grossinger, like so many immigrants, had a great love of America and worked very hard to be worthy of her new country. At first her energy was consumed in learning to survive and assimilate American ways, but later in life her imagination and strength of character enabled her to take the raw materials of America and combine them into something new which was neither "old country" nor typical of the America of her time. America provided her and her family with an opportunity for success unthinkable in Eastern Europe, but her success in turn helped to transform the resort traditions of the very country which had welcomed her.


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Sullivan County Historical Society History Maker Award 2010 


veteranflagSullivan County Veterans

                The History Maker Award is given to a person who has had a significant and positive influence on the life of Sullivan County, or, more broadly, on the life of the nation or world. By extension, that includes any group of people with a common bond fitting the criteria for the award.
                The groups of people who have made important history in our county are the legion of men and women who have served in our armed forces. These citizens in uniform have made this country a haven for those seeking freedom and liberty. They have created a safe community by their unselfish dedication to duty and through their courage and sacrifice, have enabled us to realize our historical destiny.
                The Sullivan County Historical Society is honored to present the 2010 History Maker Award to all those Sullivan County Veterans who have served our country.             



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