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Web Logo Color2018 Sullivan County Historical Society Annual Meeting and Awards Dinner

Dear Members and Friends,
 
Each year, the Sullivan County Historical Society presents deserving individuals or groups with the 
honor of “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 presentation of these awards will be at the Society’s 
Annual Meeting and Awards Dinner on Sunday, October 21th at BHR - Bernie's Holiday Restaurant, Rock 
Hill, New York. 
 
Dinner Reservations and Advertising in our Journal can be Purchased on our Online Store
Or Via mail by downloading, printing and filling out this Form
 
We are pleased to announce this year’s History Maker and History Preserver 
recipients.
 
JackieHornerAmid mixed reviews, the film "Dirty Dancing" opened at movie theaters in 1987. The storyline being 
set during the summer of 1963 when the all-but-now vanished era of Sullivan County hotels still 
prospered, the story evolved around the growing romance between a fictional Catskill hotel’s dance 
instructor with his young student. Despite the film’s well-worn theme of a flowering romance 
between lovers who come from different backgrounds, its soundtrack and particularly the dance 
scenes helped turn the film into a box-office hit and eventually a cult classic.
The inspiration for the film by its screenwriter, Eleanor Bergstein, was her youthful visits to 
Grossinger’s Hotel during the mid-50s and her introduction to dance through the hotel’s dance 
instructor, Jackie Horner. When the scriptwriter began work on the script, she sought out her 
former instructor. As consultant for the film, Jackie Horner, whose long career of working Sullivan 
County hotels, provided much background material of Sullivan County and its hotels during that 
period and was the inspiration to one of the film’s leading characters. With Ms.
Horner’s assistance, the film Dirty Dancing preserves an era in Sullivan County that has since 
passed on into history. The Sullivan County Historical Society is proud to honor Ms. Jackie
Horner as its history preserver for the year 2018.
 
RusselSpragueWorld War and its eventual armistice. For its role, Sullivan County inducted over one thousand
of her sons into military service, many sent overseas to face the perils of battle and disease. Of 
that number, seventy-two did not survive the conflict.
In the past, recipients of the Sullivan County Historical Society’s history maker or history 
preserver awards have had long, notable and accomplished careers. The youthful seventy-two soldiers 
who perished during the war years never had this opportunity. However, the importance of their 
individual contributions to Sullivan County history through their supreme sacrifice is unsurpassed 
by any previous SCHS honorees.
Russell Sprague, a native of Parksville who had yet to reach his twentieth birthday, became the 
first Sullivan County boy to lose his life as the result of combat overseas. Corporal Sprague’s 
life had been tragically cut short December 23, 1917, while working alongside French engineers in 
trenches along the battlefront. His patriotism, youthful vigor and spirit of adventure exemplified 
all who served during this conflict and whose life and sacrifice for his home country is honored as 
the Sullivan County Historical Society’s history maker for the year of 2018.
Each year we ask you to advertise in the SCHS Annual Dinner’s Journal, a publication produced to 
honor the year’s award recipients. In years past, your generosity has been the Society’s crucial 
source for operating funds. With interest in our County’s history now at an all- time high, work 
here at the Museum has expanded, including an increase in Museum visits, inquiries for research and 
Society events. This work, along with the storage of archival material, maintaining the displays 
and day to day upkeep of the building is all done by dedicated, unpaid volunteers. They give their 
time, effort and even personal funds to make genealogical and historical archival records available 
to the public for research and exhibits. However, the continual increase in operational expenses 
strains our limited resources. Therefore, we again ask for your much needed support.
A Journal advertising form and the SCHS Dinner’s reservation form are enclosed. Please indicate 
your advertisement preferences and return it within the self-addressed envelope. We urgently need 
your financial support to continue our mission of preserving Sullivan County’s remarkable history 
and making it available to the public. Also, please make dinner reservations, no later than October 
12th, by filling out the reservations card and returning it in the same self- addressed envelope.
As always, we thank you for your support,
The Sullivan County Historical Society’s Dinner Journal Committee
 

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21Oct
21 Oct 2018
05:00PM -
SCHS Annual Dinner Meeting
Bernie's Holiday Restaurant