Headwaters History Days

Friday, Saturday, and Sunday
June 17 and 18, 2017

Headwaters History Days in Town(s) of Middletown, Andes, Roxbury and Halcott  – Sponsored by the Town of Middletown.

The Fourth Annual Headwaters History Days showcases the people and historical forces that have shaped the communities along the streams of the East Branch Delaware River and the Esopus Creek. Several historians and historical groups are collaborating on the event. Museums will be open with exhibits and programs, there will be walking tours, two concerts, a film, lectures and other activities.

The influence of railroads on the region cannot be underestimated. Take a short trip on the Catskill Mountain Rail Road in Mt. Tremper, and visit Empire State Railway Museum in Phoenicia. Then travel to Roxbury – recognized as A Preserve America Community – to watch “Railroad Man: The Life and Legend of Jay Gould,” famed railroad tycoon and financier who was born in Roxbury. Gould and naturalist John Burroughs were neighbors. Hear about Burroughs’ experiences on the rails at a talk by Dakin Morehouse at Woodchuck Lodge, the nature writer’s rustic retreat, which will also be open for tours that weekend.

Explore your family tree at Fairview Public Library in Margaretville in an introductory class that will explain how to conduct your own research using free websites. The Olive Free Library will offer a talk on the diaries of Elwyn Davis who kept a record of life in West Shokan and the area claimed by the Ashokan Reservoir.

The Fleishmann Family, famous for transforming the food world with the development of commercial yeast, will be the subject of an exhibit and talk at Skene Memorial Library in Fleischmanns. An illustrated talk at the Historical Society of Middletown will cover a century of local communication developments brought to Margaretville and the surrounding region of the Central Catskills by the family-owned Margaretville Telephone Company which began in 1916.

A concert Friday evening at the historic Halcott Grange will feature the Locust and Wild Honey John Burroughs Memorial Orchestra performing original and traditional favorites.  On Sunday afternoon, Country Express will perform original tunes like “Ol’ Red Heifer,” “The East Branch” and “Calico Knight” at the newly refurbished Andes Depot.

Visit the Shandaken Museum, the Old Stone Schoolhouse, Hunting Tavern, and Roxbury Methodist Church clock tower.

For full schedule visit headwaterhistorydays.org.

Contacts: Diane Galusha cybercat@catskill.net and John Duda royalzrus@aol.com