An excellent source of information about people From Sullivan County is a high school year book. This past year, the Sullivan County Historical Society has been fortunate to receive two yearbook collections. Allan Wolkoff, historian for the Town of Thompson, donated his collection of Monticello high School yearbooks and the Callicoon Library donated their duplicate copies of the Delaware Valley High School yearbooks.
At this time, the SCHS would like to fill in the gaps of our yearbook collections. We are need of the following:
A 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
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.
We Need Your Support!
The Sullivan County Historical Society is fortunate to be the recipient of a complete collection of Republican Watchman newspapers dating back to the 1820s. This wonderful collection was donated by Susan Schock and her family who were the long time publishers of the Republican Watchman.
Many of the newspapers have been bound in books and many are loose. The SCHS is asking for your help in preserving this collection and also making this collection of newspapers usable for researchers. We would like to purchase archival books at a cost of approximately $21 each for proper storage of them. We would also like to purchase two kinds of handheld scanners so that articles can be scanned for archival and personal use. In addition we would like to see if it is possible to purchase a large flatbed scanner so the entire newspaper can be digitized.
Would you consider donating $21 for an archival box? Would you like to contribute towards the various scanners that would meet our needs for this project? All donations would be welcome and acknowledged. Donations may be sent to the Sullivan County Historical Society, PO Box 247, Hurleyville, NY 12747. Or via the donation Icon above the Main Menu of our Website. Please designate the donation is for the newspaper archival project. Money donated to this project will only be used for preserving and maintaining this great Historical treasure. Thank you for your participation in preserving the Republican Watchman.
Borscht Belt, or Jewish Alps, is a colloquial term for the (now mostly defunct) summer resorts of the Catskill Mountains in parts of Sullivan, Orange and Ulster counties in upstate New York. Borscht, 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. 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.