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May 10, 2013

Delaware County historian, author Dorothy Kubik dies at 82

An author of Delaware County history died Monday. Dorothy Agnes Kubik, 82, formerly of Hamden, was a well-known figure at the Delaware County Historical Association.

“She was so committed to helping people understand the really unique aspects of our local history,” former DCHA Executive Director Liz Callahan said. Callahan led the organization from 1994-2001, and is currently executive director at Hanford Mills.

Kubik decided to research and write about areas of county history that have not been well-documented, Callahan said.

“She really embraced the responsibility of researching thoroughly and accurately,” she said.

Kubik’s published books include: “A Free Soil … A Free People: The Anti-Rent War in Delaware County,” “West, Through the Catskills: The Story of the Susquehanna Turnpike,” and a children’s book, “The Adventures of Elbert and Leopoldina,” according to Kubik’s obituary.

She also wrote articles about county history for “Kaatskill Life” magazine, and the DCHA newsletter.

Born in Swoyersville, Pa., Kubik came to the area in 1974 to teach English and journalism, first at Delaware Academy Central School and SUNY Delhi, her obituary said.

“Her passion for the history of this area led Dorothy to the Delaware County Historical Association where she worked, and volunteered as a tour guide,” it said.

Callahan said she knew Kubik has an active volunteer not only doing research, but helping others.

“She was generous and good-natured, willing to share her experiences with others,” Callahan said.

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