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Delaware County Historical Association
2017 Calendar
January* Febuary* March* April* May* June* July* August* September* October* November* December

Please watch for updates to DCHA's calendar as we add information on upcoming workshops and programs.

January

Nov. 30, 2016 - Feb. 24, 2017 ~ Exhibit ~ The Farmers of Delaware County Photography by Tess Mayer
In 2015, a young photographer Tess Mayer set out to document "how farming shapes people" in Delaware County, NY. These photographs illustrate a community trying to preserve its agricultural traditions and history while making room for new farmers who are trying to broaden the potential of farming as an industry in Delaware County. Free admission. Open Monday - Friday from 10am to 4pm.

Saturday, January 21 ~ 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 18. Cost: $10.00 per person. Call DCHA at 607-746-3849 or e-mail dcha@delhi.net to reserve.


February

Saturday, February 11 ~ 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. Create a classic basket whose design has been around since the 1950's called a Baker's Basket. It can be used for gathering flowers, holding mail or as a centerpiece for the table. Approximate size is 15" wide, 26" long and 3 1/2" high. Participants will be working with natural and dyed rattan and a hardwood handle. All materials and tools are included. 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 4th. Cost: $55.00 per person, includes $30 materials fee. Call DCHA at 607-746-3849 or e-mail dcha@delhi.net to register.

Saturday, February 18 ~ "Down and Out at the Delaware County Poorhouse" ~ 2pm
Illustrated talk by County Historian Gabrielle Pierce. "Down and Out at 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 25 ~ Amelia Simmons, Early American Cookery ~ 2pm
Presentation on Amelia Simmons by culinary historian and archivist Pamela Cooley. In 1796, Amelia Simmons wrote what is widely regarded as the first American cookbook, American Cookery. Samples from one of Simmons' historic recipes will be served. Free admission.


March

Friday, March 3 ~ Homer Benedict Folk Art Exhibit
Come view select pieces of Homer Benedict's folk art from DCHA collections. On display in the Elijah Thomas Gallery through May 12th. Free admission. Open Monday - Friday from 10am to 4pm.

Saturday, March 18 ~ Genealogy in Delaware County: Scanning Your Family Treasures ~ 2pm
DCHA Archivist Ray LaFever will do a follow-up to last year's genealogy workshop with a presentation about saving and sharing family history through digital imaging. Digital imaging has made it possible to share family photos, letters and other documents with everyone in your family. LaFever will talk about the kinds of items to scan and the challenges related to scanning various media, including slides, negatives, and tintypes, as well as small diaries and letters in faint pencil. The presentation will discuss the standards for imaging. If done right, you should only have to scan an item once. Registration required by March 11. Cost: $10 per person. Call DCHA at 607-746-3849 or e-mail dcha@delhi.net to register.


April

Saturday, April 29 ~ 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 6 ~ History Conference - Making History in Delaware County ~ 1pm - 4pm
Biennial Historical Society Conference specifically designed for the town and village historical societies and museums of Delaware County. Registration required by May 4th. Free admission. Call DCHA at 607-746-3849 or e-mail dcha@delhi.net to register.

Friday, May 19 ~ Weapons & War Bonds: Delaware County in World War I ~ Exhibit, Opening Reception ~ 5 pm
In recognition of the centennial of America's involvement in World War I, come view an exhibit highlighting Delaware County's involvement in the war - both at home and abroad. On display through July 23rd. Free admission.

Saturday, May 27 ~ 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 27 ~ Presentation ~ Codes of the Catskills ~ 2pm
Celebrate the 2017 summer opening of the Delaware County Historical Association museum by learning about secret codes invented and used by local residents. Join Samantha Misa for a fascinating discussion on local secrets and encryption. The presentation will feature local diaries and postcards that contain mysterious symbols which have been revealed to be secret codes invented and implemented to keep details from the public eye. A small exhibit on these secret coded works, including the messages revealed after the codes had been cracked, will be on display during the presentation and will remain on display in the DCHA gallery until June 3. Free admission.


June

Wednesday, June 7 & Friday, June 9 ~ Produce, Preserve & Play ~ 10am - 1pm
Fourth-grade hands-on history immersion days at DCHA.

Saturday, June 17 ~ Presentation ~ The Quarry Fox ~ 2pm
Book signing and talk by local author and teacher Leslie Sharp. Leslie will be on hand to talk about her recently released book, The Quarry Fox. Free admission.

Saturday & Sunday, June 24 - 25 ~ 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 and Battle of Fredericksburg and Pickett's Charge. Living History Exhibit, kids' drill, artillery demo, and Civil War Battlefield Reenactments. Admission: Adults - $5; Children 12 and under FREE.
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July

Friday, July 7 ~ Gold Panning ~ 2pm
Come see if you can hit the jackpot while learning to pan for gold at the Delaware County Historical Association! Children and adults alike will enjoy practicing to sift and pan soil for gold particles, and will have the opportunity to try their newly acquired skills in Elk Creek. Everyone is guaranteed to find something! Please come attired suitably - you will be standing in shallow water! Free admission. For more information call DCHA at 607-746-3849 or e-mail dcha@delhi.net

Friday, July 14 ~ Colonial Chores ~ 2pm
The Delaware County Historical Association will host an afternoon of free family fun. Experience hands-on history fun and step back in time experiencing how laundry was once done - as well as churning butter, rug beating, diary writing, and even baby care. (Babies will be provided.) Pre-registration is not required, but appreciated. Free admission. For more information call DCHA at 607-746-3849 or e-mail dcha@delhi.net

Saturday, July 29 ~ 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 27. (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.


August

Saturday, August 5 ~ Gold Panning ~ 2pm
Come see if you can hit the jackpot while learning to pan for gold at the Delaware County Historical Association! Children and adults alike will enjoy practicing to sift and pan soil for gold particles, and will have the opportunity to try their newly acquired skills in Elk Creek. Everyone is guaranteed to find something! Please come attired suitably - you will be standing in shallow water! Free admission. For more information call DCHA at 607-746-3849 or e-mail dcha@delhi.net

Saturday, August 12 ~ Colonial Chores ~ 2pm
The Delaware County Historical Association will host an afternoon of free family fun. Experience hands-on history fun and step back in time experiencing how laundry was once done - as well as churning butter, rug beating, diary writing, and even baby care. (Babies will be provided.) Pre-registration is not required, but appreciated. Free admission. For more information call DCHA at 607-746-3849 or e-mail dcha@delhi.net


September

Saturday, September 9 ~ Presentation ~ Apples of New York ~ 2pm
Book signing and talk by local author Ann DuBois. Ann will be on hand to talk about her recently released book, Apples of New York. Free admission. For more information call DCHA at 607-746-3849 or e-mail dcha@delhi.net

Saturday & Sunday, September 16 & 17 ~ Quilts Along the Delaware ~ 10am - 4pm
Come view quilts from the Delaware County Town and Country Quilters. On-going events: Raffle Quilts, Door Prizes, Boutique, Vendor, Children's Corner, Antique Display. Lunch available. Admission: $3.00

Saturday & Sunday, September 23 & 24 ~ Historic Automobile Endurance Run
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 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/


October

Sunday, October 8 ~ 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.
Galleries and gift/bookshop hours: Monday - Friday 10am - 3pm.
H. Fletcher Davidson Library and Archives hours: Tuesday and Wednesday, 10am - 3pm.

Friday, October 27 & Saturday, October 28 ~ 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. 24th. For more information, call 607-746-3849 or e-mail dcha@delhi.net


November

Sunday, November 5 ~ 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. Presentation to be announced. Open to the general public. Free admission.


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 2 ~ 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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