Each year, the Sullivan County Historical Society presents deserving individuals or groups with the honor of their “History Maker” and “History Preserver” awards. The honorees for these awards symbolize the stated mission of the Society; the preservation of Sullivan County history for the enlightenment of future generations. The Society is pleased to announce this year’s History Maker and History Preserver recipients. The presentation of these awards will be at the Society’s Annual Meeting and Awards Dinner on Sunday, October 1st at the Rockland House, Roscoe, New York. Social Hour at 4:00p.m. Dinner at 5:00 p.m.
Sullivan County Historical Society
PO Box 247, Hurleyville NY 12747
This year, the Sullivan County Historical Society honors two local communication mediums with their annual awards, one in the field of journalism and the other in the field of broadcasting.
2017 History Maker Award; In September of 1947, radio station WVOS sent out its first radio broadcast over Sullivan County airwaves. Ever since that first broadcast, Sullivan County’s first commercial radio station has continually demonstrated by way of its programming what the station’s call letters signify by being the “Voice of Sullivan County.” Besides providing entertainment to its radio listeners, WVOS has been the leader in broadcasting up-to-date local news and area sporting events, hosting forums concerning topical issues and providing important up-to-the-minute emergency information. Over the past seventy years, WVOS radio personalities have become household names, not just through on-the-air programming but also by performing the role of public servants throughout our communities. Through their efforts, WVOS has sponsored numerous community campaigns such as the March of Dimes, the Cancer Drive and Heart-A-Thon along with the support of an endless list of local organizations. Whether at home, in the office or on the road, Sullivan County has longed turned to its first radio station, 1240 on the AM radio dial or, with the addition of transmitting in FM frequency in 1965, 95.9 on the FM dial.
2017 History Preserver Award; Beginning with its initial publication as Sullivan County’s first newspaper in 1821, the Republican Watchman has served the area for the next 159 years as the County’s oldest and longest continually published newspaper until its final publication on December 27, 1979. Besides informing its readers with the latest in area-wide news, the journal’s publishers have also regularly provided original writings of historical interest within the weekly’s pages. Despite suffering through three unfortunate fires which in each case destroyed the Watchman’s offices including the newspaper’s historic records, publisher’s manuscripts and past collections of the weekly journal, a large collection of Republican Watchman miraculously have survived, the earliest dating as far back as May 19, 1828. This collection contains what may be the most important single source of historical writings concerning Sullivan County’s heritage.