Larry Tompkins authors "Out Windham Way"
a wonderful new and profusely illustrated book on Windham and the surrounding area.
The Mountain Top Historical Society is proud to announce the release of Out Windham Way by Larry J. Tompkins. Larry was a 30 year board member, and former president of the MTHS. He is still a very active participant in the activities of the Society. The book is a photographic tour of Windham, Ashland, Prattsville, Maplecrest & Hensonville from 1890 through 1945. Larry is well known to Society members as an enthusiastic and personable leader of the Society's hiking program, and presenter of slide programs on the villages and byways of the Mountain Top. His extensive knowledge of Windham and other Mountain Top towns was gleaned from visits and interviews with local residents over the past 40 years.
On Sunday October 19, Larry launched the book with a slide program and book-signing at the Center Church building in Windham. The book is available at the Mountain Top Historical Society's Visitors Center. Our Fall hours are Monday, Wednesday and Friday from 1:00 till 4:00. You should be able to find the book, now on sale in select local shops. You can also buy it through the Blackdome Press at www.blackdomepresss.com.
Third Annual Postcard Show
The third annual postcard show on Saturday, September 20th, 2014 at our Ulster & Delaware Train Station on the Mountain Top Historical Society Campus on Route 23A in Haines Falls was our best attended yet. In addition to dealers, John Duda and friends, the MTHS sold items including posters, prints and other ephemera from the attic. There was something for everyone. Five dealers brought collectable postcards from the Hudson Valley and well beyond as well as holiday and other topical cards. Plans for next year are already in the works.
The Mountain Top Historical Society presents Hikefest as part of the Catskills Lark in the Park
On Saturday, October 11, 2014 the Mountain Top Historical Society's Haines Falls campus will be the place to be. Starting at 9:00 a.m. there will be a choice of hikes spreading out to various trail heads around the area with popular experienced hike leaders. Wendell George from the Catskill Mountain Club will lead a hike to Sunset Rock/ Bear's Den on North Mountain. David and Carol White will offer an expedition to Dibbell's Quarry, and beyond, through a hemlock forest to an amazing beaver dam that survived Hurricane Irene. Pete Senterman from Platte Clove, with his son, Jeff, from the NY/NJ Trail conference will lead a group on the Huckleberry Rail Trail from Clum Hill Road to Bloomer Road in Tannersville passing the location of the CCC camp. This very easy hike will provide an opportunity for hikers who prefer a “walk in the woods” style outing. In addition, Susan Kukle and Athena Billias will use the Kaaterskill Rail Trail to hike to Sphinx Rock.
All of the hikers will meet at the MTHS campus at 9:00 a.m. and car pool to the different trail heads for the hikes. The hikes are all designed to last about 3 hours and return to the MTHS for lunch.
Lunch will be hamburgers and hot dogs on the grill with all the fixings including salads, cold drinks and dessert. The cost per person for lunch is $10 and will be served beginning at noon.
Around 1:00 p.m. or as soon as all the hikers have returned and had their lunch, in the U&D Train Station, we will have presentations by Jeff Senterman about the Catskill Park and by the Whites about measuring the trails throughout the Catskill Forest Preserve. There will also be displays in the Train Station by the 3500 Club, the NY/NJ Trail conference, the Kaaterskill Rail Trail, the MTHS and others. We are arranging a presentation by Marty Molitoris of Alpine Endeavors on ice climbing.
We welcome hikers and those interested in hiking or just in the beauty of the Catskill Park to join us for a hike, a presentation, lunch, good company and interesting information. We expect to finish up by 4:00 p.m.
Please make reservations for the hikes and for lunch.
This is a Lark in the Park event.
South Mountain Ramble Hike
A controversial decision by NYS Department of Environmental Conservation has opened Early Bear Hunting Season from September 6 through September 21. Hunters are allowed to use a variety of weapons including shotguns and rifles. Our hike was scheduled prior to the approval of the extended season and is in the popular hiking region contiguous with North-South Lake campground. The area of our hike is part of the area open to the extended Bear Hunting season. Hikers should wear bright colors.
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