It is with a heavy heart that I am announcing that long time board member, Bill Burns has passed away. He has served the Sullivan County Historical Society for over 40 years as a member, board member, archivist, officer, and a person to go to when a historical question comes upon. He will be greatly missed.

The following is taken from  a Smallwood-White Lake Fire Company posting on Facebook.

It is with great sadness and heavy hearts that we announce the passing of William "Bill" Burns. 💔
The "Big Boss" as he was known affectionately by his son and our member Matt Burns was 93 years old and was married to the love of his life Pat for 66 years.
Bill was a WW II veteran of the Army Air Corps and a member of the American Legion.
Bill was a long time member of our department and was a past Commissioner.
Bill is survived by his loving wife Pat, his sons Matt and Doug, daughter Abigail many grandchildren and a great granddaughter.

Due to the current crisis affecting our country there will be no services at this time.
A celebration memorializing Bill's life will be held during the summer and will be announced on this page in the future.
Rest in Peace Bill

The Sullivan County Historical Society and Museum will be closed until further notice as per regulations to help prevent the spread of the corona virus. All research requests will be placed on hold until we are able to reopen. The First Sunday Concert scheduled for Sunday April 5 has been cancelled and may be rescheduled in the future.

Pictures of the BOCES Elementary Student Art Exhibit currently at the museum have been posted on the SCHS Facebook page.

We will continue to keep you informed of any updates on this  webpage and the SCHS Facebook page. If you have any questions you may email them to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. during the closure. The Society is sorry for any inconvenience this may cause.



CANCELLED -  This concert may be rescheduled at a later date.


On Sunday, April 5th at 2:00pm, the Sullivan County Historical Society’s First Sunday Music and History concert will feature the Dirty Stay Out Skifflers. The Skifflers are a Hurleyville, New York based jug band that has been touring for more than twenty years, bringing their unique blend of blues, folk, old timey, Tin Pan Alley pop to folks throughout the Northeast. The band features Grammy winner Rick Nestler on 12 string guitar and vocals, Dan Berger on harmonica, and Donna Nestler on banjolele and vocals.

In 2017 The Skifflers released their first CD, “Late Night, Early Morning”, influenced by such greats as Bessie Smith, Gus Cannon, Jim Kweskin Jug Band, Maria Muldaur, David Bromberg, The Quarrymen and Hot Tuna.

Rick Nestler wrote the Hudson River Anthem, “ The River that Flows Both Ways”, which Pete Seeger liked so much he recorded twice with Rick accompanying him on the Grammy winning CD, “Tomorrow‘s Children”. You can read more about Rick on his website

Donna Nestler is classically trained in flute, bassoon and guitar, but she plays the banjolele. The banjolele is a four-stringed instrument with a small banjo body and a fretted ukulele neck. Donna has traveled the world performing, teaching and convincing people that “banjoleles rule”.

Dan Berger is an outstanding blues harmonica player, who studied with Joe Filisko, Phil Wiggins and countless others.

The Skifflers have been fortunate to play with some very fine musicians, among them Pete Seeger, Tom Chapin, Jay Unger & Molly Mason, Bill Vanaver, Hope Machine, Mike & Ruthy and Abbie Gardner.

The concert is free, but we will be asking for donations to help fund the program. The Sullivan County Museum is located at 265 Main Street, Hurleyville, New York. The event is free. Donations will be gratefully accepted.  Call 845 434-8044 for more info, or visit the website at



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