The Sullivan County based non-profit history education group The Delaware Company and County Historian John Conway have announced that the popular six-week-long course on the history of Sullivan County will be offered this year virtually via ZOOM. [Read more…] about History of Sullivan County, NY Classes Being Offered
For decades, Fannie Harden worked alongside her husband William to build the Forestview Lodge near Swan Lake in the Catskills town of Liberty, into a successful business, carrying on alone after his death. When she passed away, the hotel went into decline and closed in 1955.
That is the story of many Sullivan County hotels, and in myriad ways, the story of the Forestview Lodge is quite typical. One important difference, however, is that the Hardens were African Americans. [Read more…] about Black Catskills History: Harden’s Forestview Lodge
Construction on the Delaware Aqueduct was begun in 1939 and it was put into service in 1944 when New York City Mayor Fiorello La Guardia opened a set of emergency gates to channel Rondout Creek into the newly constructed 85-mile-long water system.
Since then, the Aqueduct has delivered about half of New York City’s water supply — typically about 600 million gallons a day — using only gravity to carry the water from four reservoirs in the eastern Catskills. [Read more…] about Repair of Delaware Aqueduct, World’s Longest Tunnel; First Under Hudson River Since 1957
Online registration for the 2024 New York State Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC) Summer Camps program will open Sunday, March 24, 2024, at 1 pm. [Read more…] about DEC Summer Camps Registration Opens March 24th
For nearly a century, observers watched the forests of New York State, including the Catskill and Adirondack Forest Preserve, from more than 100 fire towers perched atop the highest peaks, to search for dangerous, telltale signs of forest fires. The 2024 Catskills Fire Tower Challenge highlights the park’s remaining public fire towers. [Read more…] about 2024 Catskills Fire Tower Challenge Underway
New York State Department of Environmental Conservation Forest Rangers respond to search and rescue incidents throughout New York State. Working with other state agencies, local emergency response organizations and volunteer search and rescue groups, Forest Rangers locate and extract lost, injured or distressed people and engage in policing on New York State Lands.
What follows is a report, prepared by DEC, of recent missions carried out by Forest Rangers. [Read more…] about Forest Rangers Make Several Rescues; Work Snowmobile Trails
In January, Governor Kathy Hochul announced $1.8 million in grants to support 27 not-for-profit organizations involved with the stewardship of state parks, trails, historic sites, and other public lands.
The grants support public-private partnerships leveraging private funds for new state park amenities, to engage in state park and historic site maintenance and beautification projects, and to provide educational programming and special events. [Read more…] about $1.8M For Sate Parks, Trails, Historic Sites and Other Public Lands
Ireland in the nineteenth and early twentieth centuries was not a good place to be a woman. Among the wave of emigrants from Ireland to North America were many young women who traveled on their own, hoping for a better life. Some lived lives of quiet industry and piety.
Others quickly found themselves in trouble – bad trouble, and on an astonishing scale. [Read more…] about Bad Bridget: Crime, Mayhem and the Lives of Irish Emigrant Women
On Monday, February 5 at about 2:38 pm, New York State Forest Ranger Evan Donegan overheard radio traffic from Warren County about a subject who had fallen into the Schroon River in the town of Warrensburg. [Read more…] about Woman Rescued After Attempting Icy Schroon River Crossing
Cannonsville was a community in Delaware County, NY founded in the late 18th century by Benjamin Cannon. He built the town’s first house and was its first Postmaster. Cannonsville was removed in 1964 by eminent domain along with other communities to create the Cannonsville Reservoir, which is part of the Delaware Water Supply System providing water to New York City. [Read more…] about The Taking of Cannonsville, Delaware County