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We Need Your Support!
The Sullivan County Historical Society is fortunate to be the recipient of a complete collection of Republican Watchman newspapers dating back to the 1820s. This wonderful collection was donated by Susan Schock and her family who were the long time publishers of the Republican Watchman.
Many of the newspapers have been bound in books and many are loose. The SCHS is asking for your help in preserving this collection and also making this collection of newspapers usable for researchers. We would like to purchase archival books at a cost of approximately $21 each for proper storage of them. We would also like to purchase two kinds of handheld scanners so that articles can be scanned for archival and personal use. In addition we would like to see if it is possible to purchase a large flatbed scanner so the entire newspaper can be digitized.
Would you consider donating $21 for an archival box? Would you like to contribute towards the various scanners that would meet our needs for this project? All donations would be welcome and acknowledged. Donations may be sent to the Sullivan County Historical Society, PO Box 247, Hurleyville, NY 12747. Or via the donation Icon above the Main Menu of our Website. Please designate the donation is for the newspaper archival project. Money donated to this project will only be used for preserving and maintaining this great Historical treasure. Thank you for your participation in preserving the Republican Watchman.
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.
Read more: New Exhibit "Early Sullivan County" to Open June 12th
SULLIVAN COUNTY HISTORICAL SOCIETY HISTORY PRESERVER AWARD 2015
Elsie Winterberger (1910 - 1992)
For Elsie Winterberger, the preservation of the history for her beloved town of Forestburgh was a labor of love. Her reverence for the past originated early in her life, heavily influenced by the era of rural schools and steam locomotives. Her memory and superb recollection of these earlier times were the conduit that bridged the experiences from her youth to the historical crusades that made up her later years. “I grew up in an era that is now nearing its end, and my job as historian gives me all the excuse I need to record those years in photos and words for the town,” Elsie once exclaimed. “I always say what’s on my mind and I don’t mince words. I’ve lived here all my life, I know the history of this town inside out. I even know town history they hoped I didn’t know.” Known for being persistence and with unrelenting energy, Elsie’s spirited advocacy of history helped raise greater awareness for historic preservation throughout the town and county.