A huge thank you to everyone who contributed in any way to the MTHS Local History Day on August 22, 2016! 
Thanks to the MTHS board members who worked on the scene all day and behind the scenes prior to that.
A special thank you to Mara Lehmann who spent a lot of time and energy pulling everything together! 
Thank you to board member Randy Hoose for bringing Rip Van Winkle to life to the delight of all the attendees. 
Thank you to John Curran for opening the archives for the day to share with the history lovers who came in.
Thank you to the volunteers for the event who are not board members and generously gave their time to help with everything from directing parking to selling raffle tickets and hot dogs.
Thank you to the local history groups who set up displays at the event: Eastkill Valley Historical Association, Greene County Historical Society, the Haines Family Association, and Lexington Historical Society. 
 Thank you to Linda Nicholls of Greene Room Players for directing a new group of puppeteers for the Rip Van Winkle Puppet Show.  Thank you to Jen Byrne and Mary Kate Kroyer and their daughters for doing a great job of performing the historic puppet show.
Thank you to storyteller Carol Spear for enchanting young and old!
Thank you to Jim Planck for his interesting presentation about Rip Van Winkle; it is always good to learn new things about an old subject.
Thank you to Paul Misko for his entertaining history quiz.  It was an amusing and informative way to close the day.  Paul also provided a Rip Van Winkle themed activity with his bowling alley.  That saw a lot of use during the day.
Thank you to the Twilight Day Camp counsellors who supervised the Children's Tent. 
Thank you to the local publisher and the authors in the Book Tent: Steve Hoare of Black Dome Press, Larry Tompkins, David and Wanda Dorpfeld, Johanna and Rob Titus, and Dede Terns Thorpe.
Thank you to the media who let people know about this special day in Haines Falls.
Thank you to the Mountain Top Arboretum for providing a golf cart for the day.
Thank you to Chris Scott for providing porta-johns.
Thank you to the Town of Hunter, Stewart's Shops, and Greene County for financial support.
And a big thank you to everyone who came to Haines Falls on Local History Day to participate in our celebration.!

This copy of page one of the Late Summer issue of the MTHS newsletter, The Hemlock, describes several  of our upcoming programs and events. It is a bit different from the version members will be receiving in that it reflects information added since it went to press.

By Gary Slutzky

At our July board meeting, the Mountain Top Historical Society board members recognized Sidonia Palace for her service to the group. They noted with great appreciation that Sidonia was among the founders of the MTHS. It was a brief article in the Windham Journal in 1972 when Sidonia was the editor, that brought together a few people interested in preserving local history. By 1974, that group had a charter as the Mountain Top Historical Society. For 42 years, Sidonia has been a vital part of that organization as a member, board member, editor of the Hemlock newsletter, volunteer at the Visitors' Center, and MTHS representative at lectures and other events. Sidonia's term as board member has ended and she decided not to run for another term, but she will still be seen around the campus as a valued volunteer. Greet her with a smile and a thank you when you see her there!