Greene County Historical Society

Greene County Historical Society The GCHS is in the Upper Hudson Valley and operates the Bronck Museum and Vedder Research Library.
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The Greene County Historical Society is a not-for-profit organization originally founded in 1929 to facilitate the preservation and interpretation of the heritage of our namesake county. Since our founding the Society has grown and expanded to include a house museum and dedicated research library located on the historic campus of the Bronck Family Farm in Coxsackie, New York. For those interested in uncovering the earliest history of the Mid-Hudson valley there is no better facility to begin your journey than ours.

Have you signed up for our email list to get the Greene County Good News Letter every Wednesday during the ongoing pande...
05/27/2020
Greene County Good News Letter! [Edition 7]

Have you signed up for our email list to get the Greene County Good News Letter every Wednesday during the ongoing pandemic? Here's what Edition 7 looked like! https://mailchi.mp/06dbd0331254/gchs-annual-meeting-on-may-3381746?e=8d461ca493

You can get on our email list through this link: https://www.gchistory.org/mailing-list

In researching my 2011 book, Episodes from a Hudson River Town: New Baltimore, New York, I came across some thought-provoking information.  A number of African-American people resided in what appear to be neighboring households in the vicinity of a location called Roberts Hill.  This included peop...

The weather vane on the Meadow Ridge Barn looks better than ever now that the siding has all been put in place! Have you...
05/16/2020

The weather vane on the Meadow Ridge Barn looks better than ever now that the siding has all been put in place! Have you been keeping tabs on construction progress?

On Wednesday our first edition of the "Greene County Good-News Letter" was sent to everyone on our email list. It featur...
04/17/2020
Get Our Emails — Greene County Historical Society

On Wednesday our first edition of the "Greene County Good-News Letter" was sent to everyone on our email list. It featured a previously recorded educational program, links to articles, and material from our archives! If you didn't get it, sign up using the link with this post! https://www.gchistory.org/mailing-list

Sign up through this link to recieve emails about events and goings-on at the Greene County Historical Society.

Dear Greene County Historical Society Members,The health and safety of our members, volunteers, staff and visitors is of...
03/17/2020

Dear Greene County Historical Society Members,

The health and safety of our members, volunteers, staff and visitors is of the utmost importance. Know that we are closely monitoring the COVID-19 situation.

In order to ensure the safety of everyone we are following suit with other businesses and organizations in Greene County and closing our doors at the Vedder Research Library/Bronck Museum to our members and the public until further notice. We will be postponing our upcoming Olga Santora Women’s History Series program scheduled for Sunday, March 29th with local author Susan Zimet.

We have not made any decisions beyond the end of March but will keep our membership informed of the status of upcoming events and when we will re-open our doors to the public.

Thank you for your understanding during this serious time. We wish you and your loved ones good health and safety.

Hello all! Just an update to let everyone know that we are following suit with other businesses and organizations in Gre...
03/15/2020
These simulations show how to flatten the coronavirus growth curve

Hello all! Just an update to let everyone know that we are following suit with other businesses and organizations in Greene County and closing our doors to our members and the public pending further announcement due to the continued spread of Covid-19 (the Coronavirus). We appreciate your understanding concerning this decision. We've linked some handy infographics to this post to help illustrate why closing our doors and encouraging our members and the public to stay home is so important. Please stay tuned and stay well! https://www.washingtonpost.com/graphics/2020/world/corona-simulator/

The early trickle of new coronavirus infections has turned into a steady current. By creating simple simulations, we can see how to slow it down.

Are you interested in working for the Greene County Historical Society?Currently, the Greene County Historical Society h...
03/03/2020

Are you interested in working for the Greene County Historical Society?

Currently, the Greene County Historical Society has an opening for a staff associate to work part-time year round at both the Bronck Museum and Vedder Research Library.

The staff associate duties will include assisting the Museum Curator and Library Archivist with a variety of tasks related to collections management.

During the Museum season which runs end of May through mid October the staff associate will primarily assist at the Bronck Museum providing guided tours to visitors of the historic structures, staffing the visitor center, providing clerical support, assisting in any way needed during museum special events, and working with volunteers as necessary.

The position is approximately 20 hours per week with weekends required during the Museum Season (end of May through mid October). If you are interested in applying for the position, contact GCHS Operations Manager Jennifer Barnhart at [email protected] or by calling her at 518-731-1033.

Cairo-Durham Central School District
02/27/2020

Cairo-Durham Central School District

Students experienced history coming to life right before their eyes when “General Nathanael Greene” visited CDMS to share his knowledge with seventh grade Social Studies classes. General Greene, for whom Greene County is named, was portrayed by Greene County Historical Society president Bob Hallock. While in character, Mr. Hallock talked about the American Revolution and engaged seventh-graders with his first person interpretation of General Greene, who was a Revolutionary War hero. Students participated in reenactments and passed around historical items such as a brick of tea, which the students found fascinating!

Happy New Year!Become a member of the Greene County Historical Society today! With your membership you'll receive our qu...
01/01/2020

Happy New Year!
Become a member of the Greene County Historical Society today! With your membership you'll receive our quarterly Greene County History Journal. The latest issue is in the mail to our members with lots of great articles as our Editor Bob D'Agostino writes about in his latest Editor's Desk...

This edition brings you the work of this year's Beecher Scholarship winner, Sylvia Shablovsky. She hails from the Coxsackie-Athens School District. She chose for her subject, Athens' Lime Street Forge. The inset map on the front page gives good detail of the Van Valkenburg's forge location; the map piece below shows it in the context of Hollister Lake, in the northwestern corner of the Town of Athens.

Speaking of the Hollister name, our County Historian, David Dorpfeld, has given us a piece on Captain Lansing Hollister, who served in Company D, part of the 120th New York State Volunteers in the Civil War. The Hollister family hailed both from Coxsackie, and from the Athens Lime Street area... note Hollister Lake again, in the map below.

Professor William Barnhart has also given us a research piece on the Civil War. His focus is on the Reverend Francis Zabriskie, minister of the Second Reformed Dutch Church of Coxsackie during the Civil War. He was a "political preacher," explaining to his congregation God's role in that conflict.

Finally, we have a piece by the newly-appointed Deputy Historian of Greene County, Vedder Library archivist Jonathan Palmer. He shows us the earliest-known image of Catskill, and clarifies a couple of amazing historical facts along the way as well!

Best wishes for the holidays from all of us here at GCHS!
12/25/2019

Best wishes for the holidays from all of us here at GCHS!

GCHS 2020 CalendarOn sale now at the Vedder Research Library and Bronck Museum$22 Our calendar for 2020 will feature the...
12/18/2019

GCHS 2020 Calendar

On sale now at the Vedder Research Library and Bronck Museum
$22

Our calendar for 2020 will feature the photographs of James H. Van Gelder (1838-1917).

Numerous glass plate negatives and photographs are testament to his work as a photographer. His work goes beyond the shots taken during his 1890 trip across the United States as an “illustrated lecturer.” During his lifetime, Van Gelder also captured images here in Greene County.

The selected photos, presented in the calendar are only a glimpse at his work. Along with many of his glass plate negatives and photos, the family papers are archived at the Vedder Research Library of the Greene County Historical Society - a testament to his legacy.

A great final weekend of tours for the season at the Bronck Museum - Chilly Willy Winter’s Eve tours! See you next year!
11/17/2019

A great final weekend of tours for the season at the Bronck Museum - Chilly Willy Winter’s Eve tours! See you next year!

JOIN US TOMORROW - THURSDAY, NOVEMBER 14The Greene County Historical Society is pleased to announce a presentation and b...
11/13/2019

JOIN US TOMORROW - THURSDAY, NOVEMBER 14

The Greene County Historical Society is pleased to announce a presentation and book signing by local author John Ham on Thursday, November 14 at 7pm in the reading room of the Vedder Research Library. Mr. Ham will begin the evening with a small slide show and narration covering a selection of images from his new hardcover “From Gotham to the Berkshires: New York Central’s Harlem Division” followed by a brief opportunity for questions and the chance to have purchased copies signed by Mr. Ham.

John Ham is a celebrated local historian who first discovered his passion for railroads as a young boy in Hunter seeing the last of the great steam locomotives that serviced the heart of the Mountain Top in Greene County. Many of you are well familiar with some of his other titles , including “One Hundred Years on Resort Ridge,” “Narrow Gauge Railroads to the Catskill High Peaks,” and “Light Rails and Short Ties Through the Notch” among countless others. Filled with numerous previously unpublished images, his solo and co-authored books offer countless interesting photographs that bring to life the bygone golden age of the locomotive in New York State.

The program will begin at 7pm and be held in the reading room of the Greene County Historical Society's Vedder Research Library located on the grounds of the Bronck Museum. The Bronck Museum is located just off US 9W 1.5 miles south of the intersection of routes 9W, 385, and 81 near Coxsackie.

The event is free to attend, and some of Mr. Ham's previous titles will be available in addition to his latest offering!

CHILLY WILLY WINTER'S EVE TOURS THIS WEEKEND!The dried oak leaves, fleeing before the north wind, seek shelter along the...
11/12/2019

CHILLY WILLY WINTER'S EVE TOURS THIS WEEKEND!

The dried oak leaves, fleeing before the north wind, seek shelter along the old stone walls and crowd against the Dutch doors. The harvest is nearly complete. The attics and cellars are full of pumpkins, corn and cider, the bounty of the summer has been stored away against the privation of the coming winter. It is the time of harvest home a time for celebration and thanksgiving.

On the weekend of November 16 and 17 the Bronck Museum near Coxsackie will hold its Chilly Willy Winter’s Eve tours a celebration of a series of ancient, but now mostly forgotten celebrations. The venerable Bronck houses will be decorated for the celebrations of Martinmas, St. Nicholas Day and St. Lucia Day. The ancient legends will be told. Visitors will learn how a goose was replaced by a turkey and how one old holiday gave rise to two modern holidays. The Martinmas lanterns are lit, the corn dolly hangs on the front door beside the Lucy bundle. Inside the klompen are ready. The Lucy Kator sits patiently on the parlor stairs and the Lucy crown has been prepared. Visitors will be led by a costumed guide and pass through rooms which approximate the temperatures and light levels present during winters in the 1700s, warm attire is strongly suggested. Swedish and Dutch refreshments will be served. The tours leave from the Bronck Museum Visitor Center at 11, 1 and 3 each day. Seating for this special event is limited and is offered on a first come first served basis. Adult admission for this event is $8, GCHS members and children $4. The Bronck Museum is located just off US 9W 1.5 miles south of the intersection of routes 9W, 385 and 81 near Coxsackie, N.Y., and is easily reached via Thruway Exit 21B. This event is made possible in part by public funds provided by the Greene County Legislature thru the Greene County Cultural Fund administered by the GCCA. For more information about the Bronck Museum or this event visit gchistory.org, find us on Facebook under Greene County Historical Society or call (518) 731-6490.

This year marks a century since the return home of the men and women who left Greene County to go serve their country in...
11/11/2019

This year marks a century since the return home of the men and women who left Greene County to go serve their country in the First World War. The world has changed in countless ways in the years that have passed since this photo was taken, but the significance of the commitment US Veterans make to their country and its citizens remains unfaltering and absolute. On this solemn anniversary of the close of the Great War take the opportunity to demonstrate to a veteran that their service and sacrifice do not go unnoticed and undervalued. Thank them for being role models, upstanding community members, and valued friends. With gratitude from all of us here at the Greene County Historical Society we wish you all the best on this Veteran's Day 2019.

It's nomination time for the Best of Greene County 2019!The nominees with the most votes will earn a spot in the final r...
11/11/2019

It's nomination time for the Best of Greene County 2019!

The nominees with the most votes will earn a spot in the final round of voting. Please consider voting for the Greene County Historical Society and Bronck Museum in a few categories - Best Historic Site and Best Annual Community Event.

Voting is open until November 30. To vote for your favorite historic site and many other great places in Greene County follow this link -

https://www.hudsonvalley360.com/bogc#/gallery?group=331970

The Greene County Historical Society is pleased to announce a presentation and book signing by local author John Ham on ...
11/08/2019

The Greene County Historical Society is pleased to announce a presentation and book signing by local author John Ham on Thursday, November 14 at 7pm in the reading room of the Vedder Research Library. Mr. Ham will begin the evening with a small slide show and narration covering a selection of images from his new hardcover “From Gotham to the Berkshires: New York Central’s Harlem Division” followed by a brief opportunity for questions and the chance to have purchased copies signed by Mr. Ham.

John Ham is a celebrated local historian who first discovered his passion for railroads as a young boy in Hunter seeing the last of the great steam locomotives that serviced the heart of the Mountain Top in Greene County. Many of you are well familiar with some of his other titles , including “One Hundred Years on Resort Ridge,” “Narrow Gauge Railroads to the Catskill High Peaks,” and “Light Rails and Short Ties Through the Notch” among countless others. Filled with numerous previously unpublished images, his solo and co-authored books offer countless interesting photographs that bring to life the bygone golden age of the locomotive in New York State.

The program will begin at 7pm and be held in the reading room of the Greene County Historical Society's Vedder Research Library located on the grounds of the Bronck Museum. The Bronck Museum is located just off US 9W 1.5 miles south of the intersection of routes 9W, 385, and 81 near Coxsackie.

The event is free to attend, and some of Mr. Ham's previous titles will be available in addition to his latest offering!

Meadow Ridge Heritage Barn RaffleDRAWING ON SUNDAY, NOVEMBER 17GET YOUR TICKETS TODAY!Cash Prizes are $500, $250, $150Ti...
11/07/2019

Meadow Ridge Heritage Barn Raffle
DRAWING ON SUNDAY, NOVEMBER 17

GET YOUR TICKETS TODAY!

Cash Prizes are $500, $250, $150
Tickets can be purchased at the Bronck Museum & Vedder Research Library

The Meadow Ridge Heritage Barn project is holding a raffle to raise funds for the relocation and restoration of the 19th century hay barn.

Your support and help in this effort would be greatly appreciated. Tickets are available at the Bronck Museum, the Vedder Research Library, or by contacting Jennifer Barnhart at 518-731-1033 to request tickets.

The cost of the tickets is $5.00 each or 5 tickets for $20.00.

Checks for tickets can be made out to GCHS - put Barn Raffle in the note please. Mail to GCHS, P.O. Box 44, Coxsackie, NY 12051.

JOIN US TOMORROW - THURSDAY, NOVEMBER 7THOn Thursday November 7th, the Greene County Historical Society is pleased to we...
11/06/2019

JOIN US TOMORROW - THURSDAY, NOVEMBER 7TH

On Thursday November 7th, the Greene County Historical Society is pleased to welcome back speaker Ron Gabriele who will offer the program “50 Years After Gettysburg.” The Second Battle of Gettysburg is the story of the 50th Anniversary Commemoration of the original battle of Gettysburg which took place July 1-3, 1863.

The program will examine how it took four years to plan the commemoration event; the obstacles of organizing such an event including how in 1913 they would transport 54,000 aging veterans from every state to the remote hamlet of Gettysburg in south central PA.; how the U.S Army fed everyone at the event; what the veterans did during the event; the news coverage of the event at the time; the famous dignitaries at the commemoration; and finally the emotional conclusion of the commemoration event.

Mr. Gabriele holds an MS from SUNY Albany and a BS from SUNY Brockport. In 2003 he retired from Columbia Greene Community College where he held the position of Athletic Director and taught health and physical education for many years.

The program will begin at 7pm and be held in the reading room of the Greene County Historical Society’s Vedder Research Library located on the grounds of the Bronck Museum. The Bronck Museum is located just off US 9W 1.5 miles south of the intersection of routes 9W, 385, and 81 near Coxsackie. This program is free and open to the general public, but donations would be appreciated in support of the Beecher Scholarship – a $1,000 annual scholarship awarded to a Greene County senior high school student who writes a paper related to Greene County history.

The dried oak leaves, fleeing before the north wind, seek shelter along the old stone walls and crowd against the Dutch ...
11/05/2019

The dried oak leaves, fleeing before the north wind, seek shelter along the old stone walls and crowd against the Dutch doors. The harvest is nearly complete. The attics and cellars are full of pumpkins, corn and cider, the bounty of the summer has been stored away against the privation of the coming winter. It is the time of harvest home a time for celebration and thanksgiving.

On the weekend of November 16 and 17 the Bronck Museum near Coxsackie will hold its Chilly Willy Winter’s Eve tours a celebration of a series of ancient, but now mostly forgotten celebrations. The venerable Bronck houses will be decorated for the celebrations of Martinmas, St. Nicholas Day and St. Lucia Day. The ancient legends will be told. Visitors will learn how a goose was replaced by a turkey and how one old holiday gave rise to two modern holidays. The Martinmas lanterns are lit, the corn dolly hangs on the front door beside the Lucy bundle. Inside the klompen are ready. The Lucy Kator sits patiently on the parlor stairs and the Lucy crown has been prepared. Visitors will be led by a costumed guide and pass through rooms which approximate the temperatures and light levels present during winters in the 1700s, warm attire is strongly suggested. Swedish and Dutch refreshments will be served. The tours leave from the Bronck Museum Visitor Center at 11, 1 and 3 each day. Seating for this special event is limited and is offered on a first come first served basis. Adult admission for this event is $8, GCHS members and children $4. The Bronck Museum is located just off US 9W 1.5 miles south of the intersection of routes 9W, 385 and 81 near Coxsackie, N.Y., and is easily reached via Thruway Exit 21B. This event is made possible in part by public funds provided by the Greene County Legislature thru the Greene County Cultural Fund administered by the GCCA. For more information about the Bronck Museum or this event visit gchistory.org, find us on Facebook under Greene County Historical Society or call (518) 731-6490.

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Hello, I'M a descendant of John and Sally Thompson who lived in Lexington,Greene Co. There son Nathan M.Thompson was the father of James E.Thompson, James E.Thompson is my great great grandfather, I am trying to locate any information on the Thompson family. Do you have any? Thank you.
Hello; I am working on getting a Grave Marker for my Great Grandfather who served in the Union Army 1864-1865. Presently he, along with some of his other family members are buried in Catskill Cemetery in unmarked graves. Section 10 # 52. Question is -- Cemetery spells Myers, State Adjutant General report spells it as Myres and his Discharge paper spell it as Meyers. Anybody have confidence on which spelling is correct? Thanks Roy Hershey Lewis
The "select your membership level" link on your website is not working. If you could post when it is up and running that would be great!
Help. I need any photos of the doors once on the back of the bottle shop. They’re needed to restore the entrance accurately. Thanks in advance.
There is a request on Facebook to find family members of richard David stillwell. He lived in Orlando but was born in athens, New York about 1939. Perhaps someone could help Piedad Escobar find them.
Come on out and support the Greene County Historical Society on the 43rd annual Tour of Homes in Cairo, NY tomorrow.
W. Howell, Cigar Manufacturer, 1880. Original wooden building at 334 Main St, Catskill. 1950s - 1960s: Apollo Lunch (Christ Chigas proprietor), 1964 - 1970s: John's Lunch (John + Sophie Clapper proprietors)
I am looking for any photos of the original Millspaugh Funeral Home on 40 Summit Ave, Catskill. They started the business, as much as I can gather, around 1934.
John B Kerr c. 1910 with his town wagon in Tannersville, Spruce Street
Raffle Tickets will; be available Coxsackie Farmers Market on Wednesday!!!
A few years ago I took a picture of this interesting building in Lexington, Greene Co. Can anyone tell me it's history? Was it one of the early hotels? Thanks.
The Historical Society is now raising funds to reassemble a 19th century hay barn, which we acquired in 2017. A special committee was established to clear and disassemble the barn where it stood on Route 81 in Earlton. When completed, the barn will be located on our property, where the old Antique barn stood. Once completed, this will house the Society's hay press, as well as provided added space for special events, lectures, and activities designed to bring together Greene County's heritage community. We are currently holding a raffle to raise funds for The Heritage Barn Project. Your support and help in this effort would be greatly appreciated. Tickets are available at the Bronck House Museum, the Vedder Research Library, the building site on 9W during the chicken BBQ dinners (August 16, 2018 from 2:30 to 6:30 PM), or by contacting Donna Poulin at 518-821-0894 to request tickets. If you can sell additional tickets, or if you could please post the attached flyer at a location near you that may be helpful, your assistance in making this a success would be gratefully appreciated. The cost of the tickets is $5.00 each or 6 tickets for $25.00. The raffle will be held on October 21, 2018. Cash prizes are $500.00, $250.00 and $150.00. Checks for tickets can be made out to GCHS and put Barn Raffle in the note please. Mail to GCHS, P.O. Box 44, Coxsackie, NY 12051.