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Delaware County Historical Association
2019 Calendar
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Please watch for updates to DCHA's calendar as we add information on upcoming workshops and programs.

January

Exhibit ~ Patriotism and Propaganda: Posters of the First World War
Visit DCHA to view a sample of DCHA's World War I collection of posters. On display in the Elijah Thomas Gallery until February 28. Free admission. Open Monday - Friday from 10am to 4pm.

Saturday, January 19 ~ Desserts and Diaries ~ 2pm
DUE TO WEATHER, POSTPONED till Saturday, January 26 ~ 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 9 ~ 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. Participants will weave a traditional Adirondack pack basket. A small 8" version of this durable basket is ideal for storing hats, gloves, mail or for just picking blueberries. Also great for a small child to carry on a hike. All materials and tools are included. Please bring a small towel to soak up excess water. 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 4. Cost: $65.00 per person, includes $35 materials fee. Please note: For those who wish to attach straps (dark green), they are an additional $14. Call DCHA at 607-746-3849 or e-mail dcha@delhi.net to register.



Saturday, February 23 ~ "Finding Your Delaware County Roots" ~ 2pm
Come learn about genealogical resources here at DCHA and elsewhere from DCHA archivist Ray LaFever. Ray will discuss recommended approaches to researching your ancestors using DCHA's resources, other resources in Delaware County and resources beyond the county, including in print and on-line. Registration required by February 21. Cost: $10 per person. Call DCHA at 607-746-3849 or e-mail dcha@delhi.net to register.


March

March 8 - May 10 ~ Exhibit: At Home: Furniture from the Museum's Collections
View furniture from DCHA's collections, including a day bed, school desk from the town of Meredith, a parquet table made by James Middlemist and lamp made by Ken Sprague. Also on display is doll furniture and pieces from Youngs Station, Hamden and Murray Hill in Delhi. Free Admission. Open Monday - Friday from 10am to 4pm.

Saturday, March 16 ~ Presentation and Chat ~ 2pm
Local historian and author Karen Cuccinello will give an illustrated talk on Stamford and the era of its hotels. Free admission. Refreshments served. Call 607-746-3849 or e-mail dcha@delhi.net for more information.


April

Saturday, April 13 ~ Bill Horne talk on Camp Woodland ~ 1pm
Author Bill Horne will give a presentation based on his book, The Improbable Community, Camp Woodland and the American Democratic Ideal. Camp Woodland had extensive contact with folks from Delaware County when campers were learning about local communities, reservoir construction, the Anti-Rent War and many other matters. Free admission. Refreshments served. Bill will also be available to sign copies of his book. Call 607-746-3849 or e-mail dcha@delhi.net for more information.

Saturday, April 27 ~ 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 4 ~ 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. Presenters will include Liz Callahan and Kajsa Harley of Hanford Mills Museum on disaster planning for museums; representatives of the NYS Documentary Heritage Program on the services they provide; and a round-table discussion concerning local history and local historical societies. Registration required by May 1st. FREE ADMISSION. Call 607-746-3849 or e-mail dcha@delhi.net for more information.

Saturday, May 11 ~ Rails to Catskills film showing ~ 2pm
A film by Tobe Carey. Rails to the Catskills is a history of the dynamic railroad industry in the Catskills. Catskill railroads have roots in the canals of the 1820s and the post-Civil War railroad boom. The film includes original footage, contemporary and vintage photographs, postcards, rare films, rail fan movies, newspapers, and historic archives. Running time: 95 minutes. Free admission. Refreshments served. Call 607-746-3849 or e-mail dcha@delhi.net for more information.

Saturday, May 25 ~ 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 25 ~ Bob Wyer: Catskills Photographer. Film Premiere ~ Two showings! ~ 3pm and 7pm
A fascinating history documentary - DCHA's latest foray into film making. For 2019 we have again partnered with Hancock filmmaker and photographer Arthur Pierson to produce a film about the life and career of Delhi-based photographer Bob Wyer.Free admission.

Saturday, May 25 - September 15, 2019 ~ Exhibit: Bob Wyer: The Photographer's Life
Never-before-seen images created by Bob Wyer during his career that spanned the 1930s through the 1970s. On display in the Elijah Thomas Gallery. Free Admission.


June

Wednesday, June 5 & Friday, June 7 ~ Produce, Preserve & Play ~ 10am - 1pm
Fourth-grade hands-on history immersion days at DCHA.

Thursday, June 13 ~ Bennington, VT Bus Trip
Travel with us on a motor coach to the Bennington Museum to view the largest public collection of paintings by the great American folk artist "Grandma" Moses, as well as the defining collection of 19th century Bennington stoneware. Also view works by major 20th century modernists including Rockwell Kent, Helen Frankenthaler, Jules Olitski, and Paul Feeley. The permanent collection includes superb furniture and paintings from Vermont, one of the oldest "Stars and Stripes" in existence - the famous Bennington Flag, with its arch of 13 stars encircling the number "76" - the renowned 1863 Jane Stickle Quilt featuring an astounding 5602 pieces, and a 1924 Martin Wasp Touring Car, the only automobile manufactured in Vermont. For more information on the Bennington Museum, visit: www.benningtonmuseum.org. After lunch at the museum visitors will reboard the bus for a driving tour of old Bennington including the grave of Robert Frost, the Bennington Battle Monument and more. Cost: $80 for DCHA members and $105 for non-members. Price includes all admissions, transportation and lunch at the Bennington Museum and a donation to DCHA. For further information or reservations please call: (607) 746-3849, or email:dcha@delhi.net Reservations required by May 31, 2019. Passengers may board the motor coach in Oneonta or Delhi.

Saturday & Sunday, June 22 & 23 ~ 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 Shiloh, Chickamaunga and Peach Orchard (Gettysburg). Living History Exhibit, kids' drill, kids' scavenger hunt, artillery demo, and Civil War Battlefield Reenactments. Admission: Adults - $8; Military (retired or active) - $5; Children 12 and under FREE. For more information check out the Civil War Reenactment Brochure Or call 607-746-3849 or e-mail dcha@delhi.net
Check out the new webpage for the Delhi Civil War Event
Visit the Delhi Civil War Event Facebook page

Event Schedule:

Saturday, June 22
9:00am - Military Camps and Museum Open to Public
10:00am - Battlefield Narrative (Battle of Peach Orchard)
10:30am - Battle of Gettysburg "Peach Orchard"
11:00am - Surgeon Demo for Wounded
12:00pm - Kids' Drill
12:30pm - How the American Civil War Empowered a Woman's Place in Society
1:00pm - Blacksmith/Gunsmith Q & A (weather permitting)
2:00pm - Battlefield Narrative (Shiloh)
2:30pm - Battle of Shiloh
4:00pm - Camps Closed to Public
Sunday, June 23
9:00am - Military Camps and Museum Open to Public
9:15am - Church Service (all welcome)
10:00am - History of the Mountain Howitzer
10:30am - Artillery Demo
11:30pm - Kids' Drill
12:00pm - Cavalry Demo (weather permitting)
1:00pm - Demonstration of the Spencer Repeating Rifle
1:30pm - Battlefield Narrative (Chickamauga)
2:00pm - Battle of Chickamauga
3:00pm - Camps Closed to Public

This event is sponsored by the following businesses:
Major
Allison Oil, Inc., Andes
Catskill Landscaping Corp, DeLancey
Catskill Revitalization Corp. Delaware & Ulster Railroad, Arkville
Cochrane Excavating, Delhi
Curtis Lumber Co., Inc., Delhi
D & D of Walton, Inc. - NAPA Auto Parts
Franklin Stage Company
Titan Drilling Corp, Arkville

Sergeant
Catskill Craftsmen Inc., Stamford
Grateful Ink Tattooing, Stamford
Greater Delhi Area Chamber of Commerce

Corporal
Dave's Barber Shop, Bloomville
Delaware Bulldozing Corp., Bloomville
Erickson's Automotive, Inc., Arkville
Mondovi Dental, Delhi
Rick's Tire Service LLC, Grand Gorge

Soldier
Brookside Hardware Ltd., Margaretville
Coldwell Banker Timberland Properties, Margaretville
D.C.A.S., Delhi
Delaware County Real Estate, Stamford
Delhi Liquor Store
Harvey's Backhoe, LLC, Andes
Railroad Avenue Supply Co., Inc., Stamford
The Robert O. Mable Agency, Inc., Delhi
Sluiter Agency, Inc., Margaretville
Trashman Books, Walton
Vly Creek Maple Farm, Fleischmanns




July

Saturday, July 27 ~ 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 25. (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 17 ~ Presentation and Chat ~ 2pm
Local historian and author Karen Cuccinello will give an illustrated talk on Mt. Utsayantha in Stamford. Free admission. Refreshments served. Call 607-746-3849 or e-mail dcha@delhi.net for more information.


September

Saturday & Sunday, September 21 & 22 ~ Quilts Along the Delaware ~ 10am - 4pm
Quilts from the "Delaware County Town and Country Quilters." On-going events: Raffle Quilt, Door Prizes, Boutique, Demos, Vendor and Children's Corner. Lunch available. Quilts will be on display a full week Sept 21 - Sept 29. Admission: $4.00 Call 607-746-3849 or e-mail dcha@delhi.net for more information.

Saturday, September 21 ~ 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/


October

Sunday, October 6 ~ Antique Fire Apparatus Show ~ 10am - 4pm
The Delaware County Historical Association & The Delhi Fire Department Present Antique Fire Apparatus ~ Display of Historic Fire Department Items, Historic Buildings ~ Lunch Available ~ Bake Sale. Visitor Admission: Adults $5; Children 12 and under FREE. (To benefit the Delhi Fire Department & the Delaware County Historical Association). For more information, call 607-746-3849 or e-mail dcha@delhi.net

Sunday, October 14 ~ 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 19 ~ 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. 18. For more information, call 607-746-3849 or e-mail dcha@delhi.net

Saturday, October 26 ~ 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. 25. For more information, call 607-746-3849 or e-mail dcha@delhi.net


November

Sunday, November 3 ~ 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. Speaker 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 7 ~ 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

Saturday, December 14 ~ Christmas Fair ~ 10:00am - 4:00pm
Get your last minute Christmas shopping done at DCHA! Everything for anybody on your list. Crafts, collectibles, and handmade items. Enjoy shopping in a heated, indoor space. In addition, DCHA's own shop will feature its usual extensive offering of books on local history and, numerous locally produced craft items, including blown glass ornaments, and crocheted/knitted items. Free admission.


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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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