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Delaware County Historical Association
2018 Calendar
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Please watch for updates to DCHA's calendar as we add information on upcoming workshops and programs.

January

Exhibit ~ VOTE: Women's Suffrage and Beyond
Visit DCHA to learn more about the early-twentieth-century women's suffrage movement in Delaware County and the history of voting locally up to the twenty-first century. On display in the Elijah Thomas Gallery until February 28. Free admission. Open Monday - Friday from 10am to 4pm.

Saturday, January 20 ~ Desserts and Diaries ~ 2pm
Chase away the winter blahs. Visit the museum for an afternoon of delectable delights! Come and listen to readings of historic diaries, letters and narratives from DCHA's collections while enjoying a sumptuous buffet of desserts. Reservations required by January 17. Cost: $10.00 per person. Call DCHA at 607-746-3849 or e-mail dcha@delhi.net to reserve.


February

Saturday, February 10 ~ "The History of the Delaware County Poorhouse" ~ 2pm
Illustrated talk by County Historian Gabrielle Pierce. "The History of the Delaware County Poorhouse" will reflect on lives lived (and lost) during the years that the Home existed, c. 1828-1965. Free admission.

Saturday, February 24 ~ Basket Workshop ~ 12:30pm to 4:30pm
Adults and teens alike are encouraged to come learn the basics of basketry - no prior experience is necessary. The Hearth Basket has been used for years to carry wood and to sit near or on the hearth. It also makes an ideal carrier or magazine basket. This is a great beginner basket. We will use smoked, natural and dyed rattan to complete the hearth basket. Approximate size is 10" wide, 16" long and 14" high. All materials and tools will be provided. A towel is optional. This class is taught by master basket weaver, Martha Bremer. She has been teaching and weaving baskets regionally for the past 30 years. Registration required by February 19. Cost: $65.00 per person, includes $35 materials fee. Call DCHA at 607-746-3849 or e-mail dcha@delhi.net to register.


March

Saturday, March 17 ~ Genealogy in Delaware County: Caring For Your Family Heirlooms and Papers ~ 2pm
The third in a series of genealogical workshops conducted by DCHA Archivist Ray LaFever. Learn how to save papers and objects from your family's history, ensuring that family letters, diaries and other written materials are around for future generations. How to deal with family heirlooms? These can be just about anything, including clothing, toys, medals and trophies, or any other object. Registration required by March 12. Cost: $10 per person. Call DCHA at 607-746-3849 or e-mail dcha@delhi.net to register.

Saturday, March 31 ~ Mark Kennaugh Talk - O&W RR ~ 2pm
Illustrated talk by railroad historian Mark Kennaugh who will be introducing Volume II of his Walton & the Delhi Branch on the O&W. Volume II focuses on the Delhi end of the branch line. Mark will be available to sign copies of his new book. Free admission.


April

Thursday, April 12 ~ The Preservation League of NYS ~ Tax Credit Workshops ~ 5pm & 6pm
Two tax credit workshops; 5pm for commercial properties and 6pm for individual homes.
"The NYS Historic Homeowner Tax Credit Program will cover 20% of qualified rehabilitation costs of owner-occupied historic houses, up to a credit value of $50,000. The NYS Historic Commercial Properties Tax Credit will cover up to 20% of qualified rehabilitation costs up to a credit value of $5 million. The 20% Federal Historic Preservation Commercial Tax Credit can be combined with the NYS Historic Commercial Tax Credit to cover 40% of qualified rehabilitation expenditures." Free admission.For questions or to make reservations for the workshop, visit the Preservation League's website at www.preservenys.org http://www.preservenys.org or contact Janna Rudler at 607-296-0329 or Jrudler@preservenys.org

Saturday, April 14 ~ Preservation/Restoration of the Andrew Mann Inn ~ 2pm
The owner and resident of the historic Andrew Mann Inn, Kurt Riegel, will give an illustrated presentation discussing his experiences restoring his home. Kurt will touch briefly on the history of the Inn, a stagecoach stop along the Susquehanna Turnpike located in Unadilla along the Susquehanna River. The presentation will also discuss the differences between preservation and restoration. The audience will get a glimpse into the preservation work that has been finished already on the Inn in the last three years and will hear about some of the obstacles still to be overcome in the future. Free admission. For more information, call DCHA at 607-746-3849 or e-mail dcha@delhi.net

Saturday, April 28 ~ Volunteer Work Day ~ 10am - 3pm
Join us in readying the site for our summer season. Chores will include sprucing up the grounds and cleaning the Frisbee House, the church and other buildings. Volunteers are encouraged to bring gloves and gardening tools. Refreshments and lunch provided.


May

Saturday, May 5 ~ Film Premiere ~ The Coulter Code ~ 7pm
DCHA's foray into film making; a fascinating history documentary starring local talent! The Coulter Code explores the story of a secret code written by a local farmer in the 1860s and how it was cracked in 2014. Starring Ian Lamont, Tiffany Poborsky, Ray LaFever and Samantha Misa. Filmed and produced by Arthur Pierson of Hancock. A question and answer session will follow when audience members may converse directly with the film makers. Free admission.

Saturday, May 26 ~ DCHA Summer Season Opening
Explore the rich history of rural America at the Delaware County Historical Association. Visit the 1797 federal-style Frisbee House where eighteenth-century politicians met to form Delaware County. Located on the site of the historic Frisbee farm you can see the original barns, Frisbee family cemetery and outbuildings, as well as numerous nineteenth-century buildings from throughout the county that have been moved to the site, including: blacksmith shop, one-room school house, gun shop and tollgate house. Also explore our two exhibit galleris and gift shop.
Historic Buildings and Exhibit Galleries hours: Tuesday - Sunday, 11am - 4pm.
H. Fletcher Davidson Library and Archives hours: Tuesday and Wednesday, 10am - 3pm.

Saturday, May 26 ~ WWI Short Film and presentation on WWI Database ~ 1pm
Celebrate the season opening of the DCHA with the premiere of the short film The Long, Long Trail: A Short, Short Story depicting the life of a Delaware County World War I soldier. Starring Richard J. Lalosh III of Delhi and Kevin R. Rung, filmed and produced by Arthur Pierson of Hancock. The premiere coincides with the unveiling of DCHA's newly created World War I Soldier Honor Roll, listing all servicemen from the county.


June

Wednesday, June 6 & Friday, June 8 ~ Produce, Preserve & Play ~ 10am - 1pm
Fourth-grade hands-on history immersion days at DCHA.

Thursday, June 14 ~ Historic Locust Grove and Hudson River Cruise Bus Trip
Travel with us to Poughkeepsie and enjoy a guided tour of historic Locust Grove Estate, the 1851 Italianate villa and grounds designed by A. J. Davis, for artist and inventor Samuel Morse of telegraph fame. Following lunch at Ole Savannah at Rondout Landing, we will board the Rip Van Winkle for a sightseeing cruise of the Hudson River. Cost: $95 DCHA members and $115 non-members (price includes bus, lunch and boat tour) For further information or reservations please call: (607) 746-3849, or e-mail: dcha@delhi.net Reservations required by May 31, 2018. Passengers may board the motor coach in Oneonta or Delhi.

Saturday & Sunday, June 23 & 24 ~ Civil War Reenactment ~ The Delaware County New York, 144th Volunteer Infantry Regiment
Please join us in celebrating the return of the 144th New York State Volunteers as they form together to recognize the Battle of Honey Hill, 1st Manassas and Culp's Hill. Living History Exhibit, kids' drill, kids' spy camp, artillery demo, and Civil War Battlefield Reenactments. New this year: A replica of The H.L. Hunley Confederate Submarine! Check out the Civil War Reenactment brochure Admission: Adults - $8; Military (retired or active) - $5; Children 12 and under FREE.
For more information, please call 607-746-3849 or e-mail dcha@delhi.net
Visit the Delhi Civil War Event Facebook page
Like the 144th Volunteer Infantry Regiment on Facebook

Event Schedule:

Saturday, June 23
9:00am - Military Camps Open to Public
10:00am - Battlefield Narrative
10:30am - Battle of Honey Hill
11:00pm - Surgeon Demo from Wounded
12:00pm - Diary of Edward Hoyt readings
12:30pm - Kids' Drill
1:00pm - Blacksmith/farrier Demo
2:00pm - Battlefield Narrative
2:30pm - Battle of 1st Manassas "Bull Run"
5:00pm - Camps Closed to Public
Sunday, June 24
9:00am - Military Camps Open to Public
9:15am - Church Service (all welcome)
10:00am - Women in the Civil War Talk
10:30am - Artillery Demo
11:30pm - Kids' Drill
12:00pm - Cavalry Demo (weather permitting)
1:00pm - Diary of Edward Hoyt readings
1:30pm - Battlefield Narrative
2:00pm - Battle of Gettysburg "Culp's Hill"
3:00pm - Camps Closed to Public

This event is sponsored by the following businesses:
Major
Allison Oil, Inc., Andes
Catskill Landscaping Corp, DeLancey
Curtis Lumber, Delhi
Fran's Fuel Service, Downsville

Sergeant
Catskill Craftsmen, Inc., Stamford
D & D of Walton, Inc. - NAPA Auto Parts
Franklin Stage Company, Franklin
The Robert O. Mable Agency, Inc., Delhi

Corporal
Delhi Liquor Store
Grateful Ink Tattooing, Stamford
Mondovi Dental, Delhi
Titan Drilling Corp

Soldier
Brookside Hardware Ltd.
C & C Feeds, Walton
Early Owego Antique Center, Owego
Harry W. Hawley, Inc., Delhi
The Mattress Barn, Pine Hill
Tuna III Japanese Restaurant, Delhi
Vly Creek Maple Farm, Fleischmanns



July

Friday, July 13 ~ Music in Translation. Solo Cello Concert, Frisbee House ~ 4pm
This program includes works from a wide range of musical styles. Solo cello works by J.S. Bach and Alfredo Piatti are paired with works by Gyorgy Ligeti, Krystof Penderecki, Marc O'Connor, and others. There will be opportunities for the audience to participate in activities and ask questions. Cellist and teaching artist Nicky Swett regularly plays throughout the Chicago area. For the 2017-2018 season, he will be performing with the Civic Orchestra of Chicago as a Civic Engagement Fellow. Recently, he has served as principal cellist of the Civic Orchestra of Chicago and of Northwestern University's Opera Orchestra and Chamber Orchestra. Free admission. For more information, call DCHA at 607-746-3849 or e-mail dcha@delhi.net

Saturday, July 28 ~ Enchanted Evening at the Gideon Frisbee House ~ 6pm - 9pm
An evening of spirited socializing beneath the stars. Featuring an extensive dish to pass buffet from 6 - 7:30pm and a dessert buffet from 7:30 - 9pm. Live music. Current Members Free. RSVP requested by July 26. (We request non-members become members of DCHA in lieu of admission.) Call DCHA at 607-746-3849 or e-mail dcha@delhi.net to RSVP.


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September

Saturday, September 22 ~ Catskill Conquest Rally ~ Historic Automobile Endurance Run
An event commemorating the Historic Auto Endurance Run of 1903. In 1903 the National Association of Automobile Manufacturers sponsored an 800-mile endurance run from Weehawken, NJ to Pittsburgh, PA. Thirty-four competing automobiles departed on October 7, 1903 and traveled up the Hudson Valley and then through the Catskill Mountains. Reaching Delhi on the second day in a driving rain, they continued on through Franklin and then to Binghamton and beyond. Robert Selkowitz, Director of Historic Automobile Endurance Runs, LLC, is planning to recreate a part of the run with vintage cars.For more information contact Robert Selkowitz at 845-657-6982 or e-mail 1903autorun@gmail.com Like his facebook page at Historic Automobile Endurance Runs You can also visit his website at: http://www.1903autorun.com/

Saturday, September 29 ~ A Talk on John Burroughs' Nature Gospel ~ 2pm
John Burroughs is best known for his luminous nature writing. Less well known, however, are Burroughs' many essays stemming from the religious and scientific ferment of the 19th century. Presenter Anne Richey will discuss how Burroughs negotiated the tensions between the heaven-centered Old School Baptist faith of his childhood and his own later scientifically informed earth-centered views, while still embracing a profoundly "religious" sense of the cosmos. Anne is the author of Church of the Robin's Ha-Ha! John Burroughs' "Natural Religion" and Other Poems (2017), which will be available for sale and signing. She has served as a tour guide at the Woodchuck Lodge for many years. Free admission. For more information, call DCHA at 607-746-3849 or e-mail dcha@delhi.net


October

Sunday, October 7 ~ Museum Site Closes for Season
Last day to tour the historic 1797 Gideon Frisbee House and other buildings. The exhibit galleries, gift/bookshop and library remain open year round.
Winter hours:
Galleries and gift/bookshop hours: Monday - Friday 10am - 3pm.
H. Fletcher Davidson Library and Archives hours: Tuesday and Wednesday, 10am - 3pm.

Saturday, October 20 ~ Twilight Lantern Guided Tours of the 1797 Gideon Frisbee House ~ 5pm - 7:00
Visit DCHA at twilight and experience a guided lantern tour of the historic 1797 Gideon Frisbee House. The more eerie elements of the house will be highlighted, including the "coffin door," the "break-neck" rear stairway, and the narrow room in which a "presence" is said to lurk. Tours leave promptly each evening at 5pm, 5:45pm, and 6:30pm. Refreshments served. Cost: Adults $5, kids 12 and under free. RSVP required by Oct. 19. For more information, call 607-746-3849 or e-mail dcha@delhi.net

Saturday, October 27 ~ Twilight Lantern Guided Tours of the 1797 Gideon Frisbee House ~ 5pm - 7:00
Visit DCHA at twilight and experience a guided lantern tour of the historic 1797 Gideon Frisbee House. The more eerie elements of the house will be highlighted, including the "coffin door," the "break-neck" rear stairway, and the narrow room in which a "presence" is said to lurk. Tours leave promptly each evening at 5pm, 5:45pm, and 6:30pm. Refreshments served. Cost: Adults $5, kids 12 and under free. RSVP required by Oct. 26. For more information, call 607-746-3849 or e-mail dcha@delhi.net


November

Sunday, November 4 ~ Annual Meeting at DCHA ~ 1pm
Annual Meeting, Pot Luck Lunch and Award of Merit presentation. To attend the Pot Luck Lunch, please bring a side dish or dessert to pass. Ham and turkey will be provided. The general public is also invited to join us at 2:45pm for a presentation TBA. Free admission. Open to the general public.




December

***Holiday Shopping at DCHA.***
Open Monday - Friday 10am - 4pm. DCHA's shop features its usual extensive offering of books on local history and, numerous locally produced craft items, including blown glass ornaments, and knitted items.



Saturday, December 1 ~ Holiday for the Heart ~ 11:00am - 3:00pm
The Heart of the Catskills Humane Society will hold a Fundraising Christmas Tree Decorating event at DCHA - "Holiday for the Heart." Come see all the decorated trees and take a chance to win one. You can also relax and listen to some live entertainment on that day. Admission is $5 a person, which includes a raffle ticket. For more information, and if you would like to decorate a tree please contact the Humane Society at (607) 746-3080 or e-mail info@heartofthecatskills.org You can also visit the Heart of the Catskills Humane Society website at: http://www.heartofthecatskills.org


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For more information on the above events please contact the Delaware County Historical Association at (607) 746-3849 or e-mail us at dcha@delhi.net
DCHA is located on Rt. 10, 3 miles northeast of Delhi, NY.



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