|Hats Off To Spring
In celebration of spring, 2013, the Sullivan County Historical Society has on display in the downstairs foyer glass case a collection of ladies' hats. Each of these ladies' head-dressea represents dif [ ... ]
|Woodstock Exhibit Now Open|
The words of Max Yasgur, on whose farm the Woodstock Festival took place during three steamy August days during the summer of 1969, delighted the hundreds of thousands of young people who had gath [ ... ]
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In celebration of spring, 2013, the Sullivan County Historical Society has on display in the downstairs foyer glass case a collection of ladies' hats. Each of these ladies' head-dressea represents different historical eras; the earliest hat being dated as far back as 1845.
This exhibit has been created by the SCHS Museum's Exhibit Director Sharon Thorpe. With each hat style representing a particular era, Sharon, through the exhibit, challenges visitors to accurately guess the era which each particular hat represents.
As always, the SCHS Musuem is open Tuesdays through Saturdays, from 10 a.m. until 4:30 p.m., and on Sundays from 1 p.m. until 4:30 p.m.
The words of Max Yasgur, on whose farm the Woodstock Festival took place during three steamy August days during the summer of 1969, delighted the hundreds of thousands of young people who had gathered on his meadows to hear the legendary rock and folk music artists of the era. "I'm a farmer. I don't know how to speak to twenty people at one time, let alone a crowd like this..." reveals a different aspect to the festival, and its later reincarnation into the Bethel Woods Center for the Arts, that is now explored by the new exhibit being assembled at the Sullivan County Museum. The land on which the stage was erected was cleared by early Scottish immigrants nearly a century and a half earlier. This exhibit will follow this, and subsequent, families whose own stories preceeded that of Yasgur.
Hardly had the soil settled on the fresh dug graves holding the victims from Company B who were killed in the mule-train wreck when another deadly episode at the camp of the 143rd New York Regiment added to the melancholic mood already weighing heavily upon the whole regiment. Adding to the defensive position along the Northern Virginia countryside outside of Washington, the Third Brigade of Abercrombie’s Division moved across the Potomac River during February of 1863 to strengthen the capitol’s perimeter fortifications with trenches and rifle pits. The regiments that made up this division, besides the Sullivan County boys of the 143rd, were fellow New York regiments including the 127th, who were recruited from Brooklyn; the 142nd , recruited from St Lawrence County in upstate New York; and the 144th, the regiment recruited from neighboring Delaware County. They were positioned outside of Alexandria near Fort Ward at Cloud’s Mills.
Patriotic fever spread throughout the farms and forests of Sullivan County during the late summer of 1862 as young men laid down their plows and axes in answer to their nation’s call to arms for restoring the Union. They were sons of Bethel township farmers and neighbors, such as John Hogancamp, the twenty-four year old son of the Minard Hogancamp family from Hurd Settlement and twenty-year-old John Jackson, son of Calvin Jackson from Briscoe. Some boys had left their own family for work on other farms such as twenty-year-old William Bloomingburgh who helped the James Bedford family in the Town of Thompson. Eighteen-year-old Edward Ray, the son of Irish immigrants whose farm was located along the southern slopes of Walnut Mountain outside of Liberty, was working on the John Lacey farm near Hurd Settlement in Bethel Township. The Thompson township farm of Jonathon Demerest’s family near Bridgeville was one of the earliest clearings along the Neversink River with the forests being cleared as early as 1797.
"An open switch on the O&W railroad at Mountaindale caused a disastrous accident to the south bound mail train on Friday afternoon last. A north bound freight was lying on the switch waiting for the express to pass, but as the switch had not been closed, the heavily loaded passenger entered the switch and dashed into the freight. Charles Davis, the express engineer, jumped a second too late; was buried in the debris and badly cut and injured internally.
"Several of the passengers were scarred for life by the flying glass from doors and windows. The freight was badly demolished, several of the express cars telescoped and both engines were nearly ruined. Those who saw the extent of the wreck consider that all on board had a wonderful escape from death."
November 21, 1890; Liberty Register