The Sullivan County Historical Society invites you to the opening of its new exhibit commemorating the centennial of World War I titled “The Great War – World War I”. The opening will take place on June 16 and 17.
At 2 p.m. both days, there will be a special performance by the Catskill Readers Theatre. Members of the theater group will perform music of the era and read archival letters sent to the folks at home during the war. Some of the veterans writing home came from Monticello, Fallsburg, Middletown, Glen Wild, Liberty, and Parksville.
The program will be held at the Sullivan County Museum and Cultural Center, 265 Main Street, Hurleyville. The exhibition and performance will look back at World War I and the Sullivan County families who had relatives that served. The event will include a video of images relating to the war.
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.
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.