MilitaryExhibitA new permanent exhibit “The Military Room” is opening at the Sullivan County Museum in Hurleyville on Saturday, November 19th from 2:00 p.m - 4:00 p.m. Uniforms from the Civil War through Desert Storm are representative of some of those who served proudly from Sullivan County. Memorabilia is also on display with items from the Civil War through post WW II. A round table is available for those who wish to participate beginning at 2:30 p.m. Refreshments.

For information: 845-434-8044

 

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A current exhibit at the Sullivan County Historical Society is “A History of Sullivan County Farms” created by SCHS board member and volunteer, Fred Fries.  The exhibits contain many farm artifacts and pictures donated by Fred.  The background barn siding wall is even from a building on his property.  Many of the pictures are from the Livingston Manor – Shandelee parts of Sullivan County. 

Read more: History of Farms

BorschtBelt

Borscht Belt, or Jewish Alps, is a colloquial term for the (now mostly defunct) summer resorts of the Catskill Mountains in parts of SullivanOrange and Ulster counties in upstate New YorkBorscht, a soup associated with immigrants from eastern Europe, was a euphemistic way of saying "Jewish". These resorts were a popular vacation spot for New York City Jews between the 1920s and the 1970s.[1] Beginning in the 1980s the growth of air travel made the Catskills less attractive. Most Borscht Belt resorts hosted traveling Jewish comedians and musicians, and many who later became famous began their careers there.

Read more: The Borscht Belt

Victorian Living Room

When the colony that is now New York State established its first twelve counties in 1683, the present Sullivan County was part of Ulster County. In 1809, Sullivan County was split from Ulster County.

In the late 19th century, the Industrial Revolution and the advent of factories driven by water power along the streams and rivers led to an increase in population attracted to the jobs. Hamlets enlarged into towns. 

Lifestyle and Household furniture and neccesaties have changed a lot since the days the county was formed.

This Exhibit will show what the typical home life was like with displays of Furniture, stoves, clothing and what home life was like for the average resident of Sullivan County over the year.

 

Picture of Frederick CookA pioneer American Polar explorer, Dr. Cook spent two decades in expeditions to both Polar regions and subarctic Alaska between 1891 and 1909.  Many authorities acknowledge him as the discoverer of the geographical North Pole in 1908.  He was the first American to spend forced winters in both the Antarctic and the Arctic and is credited with saving the "Belgica" expedition to the South Polar regions in 1897-99.

In 1906 his first reported ascent of Alaska's Mt. McKinley (which he was the first to circumnavigate in 1903) was accepted until a bitter controversy arose in late 1908 about Cook's claim to having reached the North Pole on April 21, 1908. Cook was knighted by the King of the Belgians, honored by geographical societies and authored five books about his experiences. 

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Read more: Frederick A. Cook

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24Dec
24 Dec 2017
Christmas Eve

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25Dec
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Christmas

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13Dec
Wed Dec 13 @12:00AM
Battle of Fredricksburg
14Dec
Thu Dec 14 @12:00AM
British leave Charleston, SC
15Dec
Fri Dec 15 @12:00AM
Battle of Nashville
15Dec
Fri Dec 15 @12:00AM
Bill of Rights Ratified
16Dec
Sat Dec 16 @12:00AM
Boston Tea Party
18Dec
Mon Dec 18 @12:00AM
New Jersey, the third state