As you know the Sullivan County Historical Society museum building in Hurleyville has been closed to the public since last March because of the pandemic. Our programs have been impacted by the closure – no first Sunday Concerts, no Theme Tree Exhibit, and no Annual Meeting where Sullivan County History Makers and Preservers are honored. The annual election was also held at the annual meeting, which did not happen. While it may not be the best way to conduct the election for officers and board members it was decided to hav3e a mail in vote. All SCHS members of record will be receiving one ballot per household to make their choices for those positions. The   ballots are included in the current Observer newsletter along with a return envelope. All ballots must be returned by December 31, 2020. Thank you for your understanding.

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.





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