CANCELLED -  This concert may be rescheduled at a later date.


On Sunday, April 5th at 2:00pm, the Sullivan County Historical Society’s First Sunday Music and History concert will feature the Dirty Stay Out Skifflers. The Skifflers are a Hurleyville, New York based jug band that has been touring for more than twenty years, bringing their unique blend of blues, folk, old timey, Tin Pan Alley pop to folks throughout the Northeast. The band features Grammy winner Rick Nestler on 12 string guitar and vocals, Dan Berger on harmonica, and Donna Nestler on banjolele and vocals.

In 2017 The Skifflers released their first CD, “Late Night, Early Morning”, influenced by such greats as Bessie Smith, Gus Cannon, Jim Kweskin Jug Band, Maria Muldaur, David Bromberg, The Quarrymen and Hot Tuna.

Rick Nestler wrote the Hudson River Anthem, “ The River that Flows Both Ways”, which Pete Seeger liked so much he recorded twice with Rick accompanying him on the Grammy winning CD, “Tomorrow‘s Children”. You can read more about Rick on his website

Donna Nestler is classically trained in flute, bassoon and guitar, but she plays the banjolele. The banjolele is a four-stringed instrument with a small banjo body and a fretted ukulele neck. Donna has traveled the world performing, teaching and convincing people that “banjoleles rule”.

Dan Berger is an outstanding blues harmonica player, who studied with Joe Filisko, Phil Wiggins and countless others.

The Skifflers have been fortunate to play with some very fine musicians, among them Pete Seeger, Tom Chapin, Jay Unger & Molly Mason, Bill Vanaver, Hope Machine, Mike & Ruthy and Abbie Gardner.

The concert is free, but we will be asking for donations to help fund the program. The Sullivan County Museum is located at 265 Main Street, Hurleyville, New York. The event is free. Donations will be gratefully accepted.  Call 845 434-8044 for more info, or visit the website at

John Conway Book Talk and Book Signing  March 18 6 PM
“In Further Retrospect” Available Now
BARRYVILLE—The non-profit history education group, The Delaware Company has announced the publication of “In Further Retrospect,” a collection of columns by Sullivan County Historian (and Delaware Company president) John Conway.
The book was published with a grant from Robert and Nellie Gipson and family.
“In Further Retrospect” is a compilation of more than 60 of Conway’s “Retrospect” newspaper columns from over the years, augmented by 16 photographs. It is the third time his columns have been collected in book form, following “Retrospect,” published in 1996 and “Remembering the Sullivan County Catskills,” published in 2008. The column has appeared weekly since 1987, first in the Times Herald-Record and since 2004 every Friday in the Sullivan County Democrat.
“In Further Retrospect” will be available for purchase.
Sullivan County Museum in Hurleyville at 6 p.m. on Wednesday, March 18.

Republican Watchman 1909 08 13 01 1SCR1873 04 17 1We recently undertook the project of digitizing our collection of the Republican Watchman Newspapers from 1909 and 1910.

These are now available for viewing at the Sullivan County Museum. We also have some from the Sullivan County Record

All of these newspapers are searchable and indexed for ease of finding information and subjects that appear in them.




Read more: Our Digitized Newspaper collection is now available to the public!

CookeThe newest acquisition at the Gift Shop at the Sullivan County Historical Society is David Gold’s latest book, Judge Cooke. David Gold is a South Fallsburg native who has an interest as well as a PhD in History.  Judge Lawrence Cooke was the former Chief Judge of New York State and a lifelong resident of Monticello, NY. The book takes a look at Judge Cooke as a person as well as a respected jurist. 

The Sullivan County Historical Society at the Sullivan County Museum in Hurleyville has an entire room devoted to Judge Lawrence Cooke available for the public to visit.

 The book is available for purchase in the Gift Shop for $12 or by mail $12 plus $3 s/h. 

IMG 1738An excellent source of information about people From Sullivan County is a high school year book. This past year, the Sullivan County Historical Society has been fortunate to receive two yearbook collections.  Allan Wolkoff, historian for the Town of Thompson, donated his collection of Monticello high School yearbooks and the Callicoon Library donated their duplicate copies of the Delaware Valley High School yearbooks.

At this time, the SCHS would like to fill in the gaps of our yearbook collections. We are need of the following:

Read more: High School Yearbook Request



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