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On the Bright Side

June 7, 2014

Celebration to spotlight Delaware River history

The history and various traditions of the towns of Roxbury, Andes and Middletown will be highlighted in a weekend event, organizers said Friday.

Headwaters History Days, on Saturday and Sunday, is a collaboration between a wide variety of organizations celebrating the heritage, culture, folklife and landscapes of the towns of the East Branch of the Delaware River, according to a media release.

A number of museums, landmark structures and historic sites in those areas will be open for tours, exhibits and special programs, and concerts are also planned.

A map and brochure of the sites participating are available at the Central Catskills Chamber of Commerce office in Margaretville or at any of the venues. Information is also at the event website, Times can vary by location.

Diane Galusha, president of the Middletown Historical Society said she is coordinating the events with John Duda from the Greater Fleischmanns Museum of Memories. None of the organizations have a really high profile in the area, he said.

“The hope is that if we banded together it will draw attention and bring more people.”

Stops include the Hunting Tavern Museum and Pleasant Valley Meeting House in Andes; the Town Clock, Gould Memorial Reformed Church, Kirkside Park, Woodchuck Lodge, and Ulster & Delaware Railroad station in Roxbury; the Historical Society of the Town of Middletown in Margaretville; and the Skene Memorial Library, Greater Fleischmanns Museum of Memories and B’nai Israel Synagogue in Fleischmanns.

“We are focusing on the wide-ranging history in the three-town area,” Galusha said. This includes farming, the Anti-Rent War, religions, the railroads, the reservoirs and more. Those involved tried to make it “as far-reaching as possible and intriguing enough so people will want to check it out,” she said.

The process began several months ago when she and Duda were talking about the various activities that the area organizations are involved in. The preparations have been a good way to collaborate. It may lead to ongoing ongoing activities and a chance for groups to partner, she said.

Galusha said the response will determine whether it can be done annually, and if there are future efforts, she would like to see it extended along Route 28 to include communities in Ulster County.




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