June Catskills History Events

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May 25: Catskill Center 50th Birthday Celebrations. 2019 marks the 50th Anniversary of the Catskill Center and to honor this milestone, we invite people from across the Catskills and beyond to the Catskill Center 50th Birthday Celebration at the Catskills Visitor Center in Mount Tremper. Enjoy a day of music, food, children's activities galore, and more! We will have arts and crafts workshops, face-painting, children's science demos, and be sure to challenge yourself at the Great Catskills Outdoor Escape Room! Catskills Visitor Center, 5096 State Route 28 Mount Tremper, 10am-4pm.

May 26-27: Opening of the new exhibit Wow! Water on Water. The exhibit features the work of 15 local and award-winning watercolorists’ paintings of the Delaware and Catskill watersheds.Time and the Valleys Museum, St. Rt. 55, Grahamsville, 12-4pm.

May 31-June 1: John Burroughs’ Woodchuck Lodge in Roxbury is celebrating Walt Whitman’s 200th Birthday. All are invited to both days, both events, of this grand celebration:
Friday, May 31 from 6 to 9 pm, celebrate Whitman’s actual birthday at Union Grove Distillery in Arkville. Walt’s  birthday party will feature signature cocktails, fine finger foods, and a serial reading of “Song of Myself”.
Saturday, June 1st, Professor Jim Warren will speak from the porch of Woodchuck Lodge on “The Nature of Two Writers,” a presentation specially prepared for this significant occasion, the 200th anniversary of the birth of America’s great poet.John Burroughs met Walt Whitman in 1864 and they remained fast friends and Washington DC neighbors for the next nine years. Later, Whitman visited Burroughs at his Hudson River home, and they remained friends until Walt’s death in 1892.

Now thru December 31: The Museum at Bethel Woods 2019 Special Exhibit We Are Golden: Reflections on the 50th Anniversary of The Woodstock Festival and Aspirations for a Peaceful Future.This exhibition uses the 1969 Woodstock Music and Art Fair as a metaphor for the tumult and human response of the entire decade of the sixties in the hope that young people today may draw inspiration to articulate what it is that they want from their own world in their own time. Bethel Woods Center for the Arts at 200 Hurd Road Bethel, NY 12720. Info at www.BethelWoodsCenter.org

June 1: Museum at Bethel Woods Drop in Session, 1:30 PM
Inspired by 1960s iconic poster artists Alton Kelly and Sister Corita, paint, draw and collage your own poster that answers the questions: “What are your universal truths?" “What would you like the Woodstock 2019 crowd to know?” Led by Teaching Artist Liz Maloney. Bethel Woods Center for the Arts at 200 Hurd Road Bethel, NY 12720. Info at www.BethelWoodsCenter.org

June 1: Tri-County Photography Exhibit Open House. The exhibit features the work of local photographers David J. Turan, Francis X. Driscoll, and Caleb Jacobus. Gilboa Museum and Juried History Center, 2-4pm, gilboafossil.org, 607-588-6894

June 1: Greene County Historical Society's 43rd Annual Tour of Homes in Cairo, NY, 10-4pm. For tickets, go to gchistory.org or call 518-731-6490. Presale tickets are $25 and day-of purchases can be had for $30 at the event headquarters: 36 Church Street, Cairo, NY 12413.

June 1: Wallkill Valley Land Trust Historic House Tour, including the Depuy Canal House starting at Noon.

June 1-2: Relic Hunt by Nor’easters Metal Detecting Club. New Kingston. Saturday BBQ. Historical Society of Middletown. Registration required. Info: 845-586-4973

June 1: Opening of “Never was a slave” Jacob Wynkoop, Free and Black in 19th-Century New Paltz exhibit, Historic Huguenot Street, 88 Huguenot Street, New Paltz

June 2: Juneteenth on Huguenot Street, Historic Huguenot Street, 88 Huguenot Street, New Paltz

June 2: Lost Catskill Farm Afternoon at Time and the Valleys Museum, Grahamsville, NY. Go back in time to dairy farming in the 1930s - learn how to hand milk a cow, make ice cream and butter, how milk was kept cold and transported before electricity and more. Sullivan County Dairy Ambassadors will be on hand to answer questions. Live animals! 1-4 pm. Members: FREE, non-members $5

June 5: P.L.A.Y. After Dark: Power of the Poster | 3:00 PM Masterclass in Conservatory; 6:00 PM P.L.A.Y. in Museum. To kick off the P.L.A.Y. After Dark series, renowned poster designers David Edward Byrd (who designed the first iteration of the Woodstock festival poster) along with Frank “Fraver” Verlizzo (who created The Lion King on Broadway design) will explore with guests the impact of poster design.  Plus, meet regional artists, explore The Museum at Bethel Woods, enjoy signature cocktails and listen to live music from Bergkamp Brothers Band. Plus, make a day of it by joining Byrd and Fraver in a poster design masterclass prior to P.L.A.Y. After Dark! Bethel Woods Center for the Arts at 200 Hurd Road Bethel, NY 12720. Info at www.BethelWoodsCenter.org

June 5: Lecture Series: Stephen Blauweiss, “The Life and Death of the Kingston Post Office” 7pm $5 for non-members. D&H Canal Museum, 23 Mohonk Rd, High Falls

June 7-9: Richmondville Days, Richmondville, NY

June 8: Author John Marshal Kincheloe will read from his book "Heroes For Hire: A Tall Tale of the Catskills," Morton Memorial Library, Pine Hill, 2 pm.

June 9: Basket Weaving with Martha Bremer for kids age 8 and older, sign up required. Morton Memorial Library, Pine Hill, 11 am.

June 12: Arts in Healing: Family Support Group |6:00 PM in Conservatory
This is a 6-week pilot support group for family members impacted by addiction, led by Creative Arts Therapist Candace Rivela.  Creative Arts Therapy integrates various aspects of the arts in a safe, non-judgmental space to facilitate personal growth and healing. Our pilot group offers family members an opportunity to awaken their creativity in a supportive, community-centered process. Bethel Woods Center for the Arts at 200 Hurd Road Bethel, NY 12720. Info at www.BethelWoodsCenter.org

June 13: Bennington, VT Bus Trip with the Delaware County Historical Association.  
Join the Delaware County Historical Association for a daytrip to the Bennington Museum in Vermont. The trip will also include a driving tour of old Bennington: come see the grave of Robert Frost, the Bennington Battle Monument and more. Cost: $80 for DCHA members and $105 for non-members. For reservations please call: (607) 746-3849, or email: dcha@delhi.net Reservations required by May 31, 2019.

June 13: “Lewis Hine: Photographer and American Progressive” PowerPoint Presentation at Sidney Memorial Library. Local historian and author, Tim Duerden will give a lecture on and sign copies of his latest book, Lewis Hine: Photographer and American Progressive. Lewis Hine was at the forefront of social reform activities in the early twentieth century. His photographs of child laborers, immigrants at Ellis Island and workers are today widely known. Hine and his family spent considerable time in Franklin, NY where today he lies buried. Free admission. 6pm. For more info please call: (607) 746-3849, or email: dcha@delhi.net

June 15: Catskill Mountain Story Festival. The Catskills Visitor Center is hosting the 4th annual Catskill Mountain Story Festival, a celebration of the past, present and future of writing in the Catskills. Visitors will enjoy panels, performances, exhibitors, and activities for all ages. Grab lunch from food trucks and tables by Brooks BBQ or Marty's Mercantile. In celebration of the region's historical stories and Path Through History Weekend, the 1st Ulster Militia will stage an all-day Revolutionary War encampment. The popular Tremperskill Boys will close out the festival with a concert of Catskills songs and a square dance for new and experienced dancers. Visit catskillsvisitorcenter.org for the full schedule. 10am-4pm, Catskills Visitor Center, 5096 Rt. 28, Mt. Tremper.

June 15: Exhibit Preview -NYS Path Through History, 12-4 pm. Talk by Woodstock musician, Rennie Cantine at 12 p.m. Historical Society of Woodstock, Eames House, 20 Comeau Dr., Woodstock, NY Check the Historical Society of Woodstock website for more information. www.historicalsocietyofwoodstock.org

June 15: 350th Anniversary of High Falls, parade and historic house tours 11am -3pm.  D&H Canal Museum, 23 Mohonk Rd, High Falls

June 16: Free guided tour of Five Locks Walk for New York State Path Through History weekend, 2pm. D&H Canal Museum, 23 Mohonk Rd, High Falls

June 16: Family Day: Free Admission,Historic Huguenot Street, 88 Huguenot Street, New Paltz

June 19:Slide Show and Chat: 1960s Stamford Central School Yearbooks, Stamford Village Library, 1-2 pm, free.

June 22: Seventh Living History Cemetery Tour. Ten former residents return from the dead to tell their stories. Tours begin every 20 minutes starting at 4, last tour at 6. Margaretville Cemetery, Cemetery Road, just off Main St. $20. Presented by the Historical Society of Middletown. Reservations required. 845-586-4736

June 22: Cider & Spirits: A Haunted Walking Tour of Historic Huguenot Street, 88 Huguenot Street, New Paltz

June 22: The 2019 Summer Party. Private Venue; please visit thomascole.org/summerparty for details. A beautiful summer evening with cocktails, dinner, and fireworks, overlooking the Hudson River. This annual fete celebrates the Thomas Cole Site’s 2019 exhibition Thomas Cole’s Refrain: The Paintings of Catskill Creek, illuminating Hudson River School masterpieces and exploring the deeper meanings of Cole’s Catskill Creek paintings, considered as an integral series for the first time. The view of the Catskill Mountains that frames Catskill Creek in Cole’s paintings can still be enjoyed from the Thomas Cole National Historic Site today, a stretch of land along Catskill Creek has been preserved as a public park by Scenic Hudson and Greene Land Trust. Tickets start at $200; visit thomascole.org/summerparty for details. 6:30 pm

June 22 & 23: Delhi Civil War Event hosted by the Delaware County Historical Association.
Please join DCHA in celebrating the return of the 144th New York State Volunteers as they form together to recognize the Battles of: Shiloh, Chickamaunga and Peach Orchard (Gettysburg). Living History Exhibit, kids’ drill, kids’ spy camp, artillery demo, and Civil War Battlefield Reenactments. Admission: Adults - $8; Military (retired or active), DCHA members - $5; Children 12 and under FREE.  

June 23: Sizzling 60s! at Time and the Valleys Museum, Grahamsville, NY. The Catskill Readers Theatre gives a lively performance to honor the decade that changed America through music and song, power point, literary selections, historical facts and points to ponder.2 p.m. Members: FREE, non-members: $5

 June 24-June 28 – One week arts immersion program for children
Children ages 4-8 are invited for 5 fun-filled days of P.L.A.Y: Peace.Love.Arts.You at Bethel Woods Center for the Arts, inspired by our unique landscape and Museum collections. Students dip into themes of history, legacy, creativity, community and caring through imaginative, arts-based learning and exploration of our beautiful campus. Bethel Woods Center for the Arts at 200 Hurd Road Bethel, NY 12720. Info at www.BethelWoodsCenter.org

June 25: “Lewis Hine: Photographer and American Progressive” PowerPoint Presentation at Cannon Library in Delhi
Local historian and author, Tim Duerden will give a lecture on and sign copies of his latest book, Lewis Hine: Photographer and American Progressive. Lewis Hine was at the forefront of social reform activities in the early twentieth century. His photographs of child laborers, immigrants at Ellis Island and workers are today widely known. Hine and his family spent considerable time in Franklin, NY where today he lies buried. Free admission. 6:30pm. For more info please call: (607) 746-3849, or email: dcha@delhi.net

June 29: Vintage baseball game, Mountain Athletic Club vs. Bovina Dairymen. Fleischmanns Park, Wagner Ave. Free admission; donations and souvenir sales benefit the Historical Society of Middletown Building Fund. Noon.

June 29: Opening reception- Woodstock Music: In Tune with the Times, 1600-Present, 2-4 pm. Refreshments, music by Rennie Cantine and Sabrina Miller. Historical Society of Woodstock. Exhibit open 1-5. Eames House, 20 Comeau Dr. Check the Historical Society of Woodstock website for more information. www.historicalsocietyofwoodstock.org

June 29: Performance- Woodstock Music: Colonists, Warriors, Witches. A presentation with instruments, song, and shadow puppetry, exploring music history in the Woodstock area from 1600's through early 1900's, 7:30 pm.. Woodstock Community Center. 56 Rock City Rd., Woodstock, NY 12498. Donation $5. Check the Historical Society of Woodstock website for more information. www.historicalsocietyofwoodstock.org

June 29 – September 1, 1-5 pm. Exhibit: WOODSTOCK MUSIC: In Tune with the Times, 1600-Present. Historical Society of Woodstock, Eames House Museum, 20 Comeau Dr, Woodstock, NY 12498.