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Debra Conway

A former Features writer/Columnist for the Times Herald-Record and Director of Fort Delaware Museum of Colonial History in Narrowsburg, Debra Conway is currently the Executive Director of The Delaware Company, a nonprofit organization dedicated to promoting and preserving the history and historic sites of the Upper Delaware River valley – and beyond – and supporting those who do.

The Catskills: Its History and How it Changed America

A funny thing happened on the way to filming a documentary on the Borscht Belt: it became the most comprehensive book in decades on the Catskills – all five counties of the Catskills, from Henry Hudson to Henny Youngman to high volume hydraulic fracturing – with personally sweet and bittersweet sidebars. Alfred A. Knopf recently [...]

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The Future of History: Roles, Resources and Relating Our Stories

November is New York State History Month and The Delaware Company is observing it with a first-ever forum for members of the Sullivan County history community – and beyond. Titled “The Future of History: Roles, Resources and Relating Our Stories,” the gathering will be held from 10:00 to 4:30 on November 14 at SUNY-Sullivan in [...]

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“Preservation of the Minisink Battleground in a Landscape of History Lost”

  Today in Sullivan County history, 1779, one of the most deadly battles of the American Revolution, in terms of ratio of participants to numbers killed, took place on a hill overlooking the Delaware River just north of Barryville, NY.  (Last week, I briefly summarized the battle, but a more comprehensive account can be found [...]

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The Battle of Minisink

MinisinkBattleground-color

It was just about mid-day on July 20, 1779. The residents of the small Mamakating valley settlement known alternately as Peenpack or Minisink were going about their daily chores, farming, cutting timber, milling grain. Carefree children played quietly among the small homes. The serenity of the afternoon was abruptly broken by the shrill war whoop [...]

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“This Place Matters” Along the Upper Delaware Scenic Byway

A fun and easy way to promote favorite sites along the New York State Route 97 Upper Delaware Scenic Byway is by bringing the National Trust for Historic Preservation’s “This Place Matters” campaign to the local level. The Upper Delaware Scenic Byway parallels the western border of Sullivan County, along a scenic 70-mile stretch of the [...]

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Roll up. Roll up for The Magical History Tour

In September of 1778, as the Revolutionary War raged throughout the colonies, and particularly fiercely in New York, there were several hundred volunteer Patriot militia stationed at a fort on Honk Hill near present day Kerhonkson. After hearing of a raid on a nearby settlement, in which a number of settlers were killed, the troop [...]

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Cherry Trees, Takamine and Sullivan County’s Sho-Fu-Den

The Jefferson Memorial during the 2010 National Cherry Blossom Festival

If you have ever been awed by the cherry blossom trees in Washington, DC or New York City, then thank a former Sullivan County resident. Japanese-American Dr. Jokichi Takamine, was already a wealthy chemist in 1901 when he became the first to isolate and purify the hormone adrenalin, the first effective bronchodilator for asthma. A [...]

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    A.J. Schenkman is the author of numerous books and articles. He is Consulting Historian for Historic Huguenot Street and Town of Gardiner Historian. Read Full

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    Elizabeth Werlau is an English teacher in the Hudson Valley and is the historian for the Town of Plattekill in Ulster County. She has authored and contributed to several books on regional history, including her most recent publication, Murder and ... Read Full

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    A former Features writer/Columnist for the Times Herald-Record and Director of Fort Delaware Museum of Colonial History in Narrowsburg, Debra Conway is currently the Executive Director of The Delaware Company, a nonprofit organization dedicated to ... Read Full

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    Matthew Colon enjoyed nearly a decade in public history working and volunteering for organizations including Washington’s Headquarters State Historic Site and the Historical Society of Newburgh Bay and the Highlands. Read Full

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    Shannon Butler is a Park Ranger of Interpretation and Education at Roosevelt-Vanderbilt National Historic Site in Hyde Park New York. She has also interpreted the Senate House State Historic Site in Kingston New York. Read Full
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