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Jul 29, 2016 | 00:00 am
On this day in 1958, the U.S. Congress passes legislation establishing the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA), a civilian agency responsible for coordinating Americaâs activities in space. NASA has since sponsored space expeditions, both human and mechanical, that have[…]Read more...
Did you know my mother, Rose Barr? She lived over 90 of her 102 years in Hurleyville. Was she your classmate, your teacher, your colleague, or your friend? Was she the woman who signed you in to vote in the old fire house, or met you along the way on her decades of walks to the post office? If you are old enough to remember, maybe she delivered your newspapers (The Hurleyville Sentinel), or sold you something at her family candy store. Perhaps you also recall her mother, Tessie Cohen’s Bungalows, Rooms, and Apartments, where Rose worked nearly every summer. Maybe you are one of the many people who helped my mother live in her own home until she was 101 years old.
Please join me and my family to celebrate Rose Barr’s life and work on August 7 at 3PM at the Catskill Art Society (the former Hurleyville School, where Rose was a student and a teacher) on Main Street in Hurleyville. Bring your stories, pictures and other memorabilia.
Alyce Barr and family
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.
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.
Sharon Thorpe, associate curator of the Sullivan County Historical Society, is installing the finishing touches on a new exhibit at the Sullivan County Museum, in Hurleyville, NY. She gathered authentic materials spanning two centuries of life in Sullivan County, bringing vivid descriptions of specific eras. Her intent is to show life in a time before modern conveniences became available.
New “bunting” for the roof is coming; - blue tarp like in so many other places in the county will gleam from the highest peak on the oldest schoolhouse in Hurleyville. The roof is leaking and “new bunting” in the form of big plastic sheets is covering important historical artifacts on the second floor. The volunteers there all are protecting the treasures twice or three times as old as they are. Sullivan County history buffs are a dedicated people, working under the most diligent rules of perfection. Storing things so they can be found when needed is an art and devotion. The S.C. Historical Society needs volunteers willing to add some ‘hands’ and a good mind to help preserve the work of historical factors.