UPCOMING PROGRAMS

  

 

 


Saturday, August 20, 11am–4pm – The MTHS Open House
Leslie Sharpe, author of The Quarry Fox and other Critters of the Wild Catskills will share tales of local wildlife. Schedule will also include history presentations and music. Check back for more details soon.

 

Friday, August 26, 6 pm, A History of Lanesville Hosted by Dede Thorpe

Learn about the history of Lanesville, NY and get your "Tidbits" copy signed by the Author, Dede Thorpe. Refreshments to follow. The event will be held at the Stony Clove Rod & Gun Club, 1061 Rt. 214 Lanesville

 

 


Saturday, September 17, 9am–3pm – The 10th Annual Postcard Show at the U&D Train Station
Ephemera from the MTHS attic will also be available for sale. $3 entry fee. Vendors should contact John Duda at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

 


Saturday, October 8, 9am – 8th Annual Hikefest
Join us for a fun day in the forest as part of the larger Catskills “Lark in the Park” event. Hikes and walks to several destinations. Stay tuned for more information.

A Note about Hiking with us: The MTHS does not require membership for hike participation however, we encourage you to join as a member or make a donation to the MTHS to support our programs. We do request that you register for each hike or program as indicated. Hikes/Walks are limited to 12 guests. Before setting out on your adventure, assess your fitness and skill level. Don't overestimate your abilities; match the trail with your abilities and the experience you are looking for to ensure you have a safe, enjoyable visit.  For information about parking as well as hiking and outdoor advice from the DEC click here.  

 

Sunday, October 9, 2pm: The 3rd Annual Community Reading of “Rip Van Winkle”
At the U&D Train Station. Get to know the “true” story behind sleepy Rip, his dog Wolf and the mysterious ninepin bowling Dutchmen. READERS WANTED! Sign up by e-mailing This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or call 518-589-6657.

 

 

PAST EVENTS:

Sunday, August 14, 2pm "The Jewish History of Tannersville, New York, A Village in the Catskills”
Gary Lelonek, M.D. will discuss his book The Jewish History of Tannersville, New York, A Village in the Catskills. Kosher refreshments to follow. This program will take place at the 1913 Ulster & Delaware Train Station on the MTHS campus. $5 suggested donation.

 

 


Saturday, July 9, 10am - MTHS Annual Meeting & the 2022 Justine Hommel Memorial Lecture
The election of our Board of Directors will take place at our Annual Meeting on Saturday, July 9th at 10am at the 1913 Ulster & Delaware Train Station on the MTHS Campus. Everyone is welcome to attend the Annual Meeting. Members in good standing (membership dues paid between January and July 8, 2022) are eligible to cast a vote during the Annual Meeting. If members cannot attend, they may cast their vote by proxy. (Please contact This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or call 518-589-6657 for instructions about casting a proxy ballot.) At 11am, immediately following the Annual Meeting, we invite you to attend the Justine Hommel Memorial Lecture. MTHS member Scott Koster will present “Digging for Mountain Top Nuggets: Connecting Collectibles & Research in the Digital Age.” Koster will present interesting facts and stories from the early hotel days on the Mountain Top and will also tell us about the methods he uses to research. 

 


Saturday, June 25, 10am – “If These Stones Could Talk”
Join Author and Town of Hunter Historian Dede Terns-Thorpe and longtime Twilight Park resident Joanne Ainsworth for a tour of the Haines Falls Cemetery and the Haines Family Cemetery. Pre-registration is required by emailing This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or call 518-589-6657. Meet at 10am at the Kaaterskill Methodist Church in Haines Falls, 45 North Lake Road.

 

Friday, June 3 7pm – “Paths to the Past” Author Talk with Russell Dunn and Barbara Delaney
An evening with authors Russell Dunn and Barbara Delaney as they introduce their book Paths to the Past: History Hikes through the Hudson River Valley, Catskills, Berkshires, Taconics, Saratoga & Capital Region, the latest in their series about the trails and history of the lands around us
This event will take place at the MTHS’s Ulster & Delaware Train Station. $5 suggested donation.

 


Saturday, June 4, 9am – “2 Bobs, 2 Lakes”
Bob Gildersleeve and Robert Titus will lead a hike around North-South Lake to celebrate National Trails Day. Gildersleeve will describe the cultural history, including sites related to the railroad and Rip's Retreat, while Titus will be sharing the geological history. Considered an easy to moderate hike because of its length. Meet at the South Lake dam parking lot at 9am. Length of program: 4 hours. Please note that entry to North-South Lake State Park is $10 per vehicle. Pre-registration is required for this program by emailing This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or by phone at 518-589-6657

Additional Details on Saturday's Hike: After placing cars at a second location, we plan to walk from the South Lake dam parking area to the site of the U&D railroad's turntable and other remnants at the location of the Kaaterskill Station. Next stop is the site of the ice harvesting operation not far from the parking area. Clear signs of the ice harvesting still exist and we will explore them. Continuing, we will come to the campsite caretaker's cabin near campsite loop one and the location from which Thomas Cole created the sketches for his oil painting entitled "Lake with Dead Trees." Continuing to walk through the campsite, we will stop at a site (if it's not occupied) with significant signs of the action of glaciers in the area. Further glacial actions will be noted at the North Lake beach area. Also near North Lake Beach we will explore the site of Rip's Retreat, a tourist attraction aimed at 1950s baby boomers. Hikers will be able to find remnants of the attraction that some society members remember. We'll loop up to the Catskill Mountain House site at Pine Orchard stopping to see the location of the Otis Railway Summit Station, Bartram's Rock, and the expansive view from the Mountain House ledge. A walk along the pathway of the Catskill and Tannersville will take us to another location with glacial deposits and hear from Dr. Titus, as no one else can express, the forces that created them. The walk will be two to three miles or a bit more if we count wandering around some of the sites. There will be minimum elevation change and some walking off trail. Bring water, snacks or lunch, wear appropriate footwear. We'll see features that most visitors to North/South Lake usually miss! Don't forget to register.

 

A Note about Hiking with us: The MTHS does not require membership for hike participation however, we encourage you to join as a member or make a donation to the MTHS to support our programs. We do request that you register for each hike or program as indicated. Hikes/Walks are limited to 12 guests. Before setting out on your adventure, assess your fitness and skill level. Don't overestimate your abilities; match the trail with your abilities and the experience you are looking for to ensure you have a safe, enjoyable visit. For information about parking as well as hiking and outdoor advice from the DEC click here.  

 

 

Sunday, May 22, 10am – “Wildflowers of the Mountain Top Talk & Walk”
Join ecological landscape designer and educator Joan Kutcher for a talk on wildflowers native to our mountain top followed by a guided walk on the MTHS campus. Meet at the MTHS’s U&D Train Station. $5 suggested donation.

 

Wednesday, May 18 at 7pm

A Conversation with Allegra Goodman, Author of Kaaterskill Falls

A conversation with best-selling author Allegra Goodman about her novel Kaaterskill Falls, a magical saga of summers within the Orthodox Jewish community on the Mountain Top. Kaaterskill Falls was a Finalist for the National Book Award in 1998 and a New York Times Notable Book. Cost of Attendance: Free. 

 

Weekday Workshop: Local Railroad History
Tuesday, May 17 7pm
Join Robert Gildersleeve on Tuesday, May 17 at 7pm for a Weekday Workshop on Local Railroad History. Tour the historic 1913 Ulster & Delaware train station, discuss the history of the two Ulster and Delaware stations in Haines Fall as well as the competing Catskill and Tannersville station, check out train timetables, and get a glimpse of the boxes of countless business records from the station that have recently been donated to the society along with other memorabilia. Attendance at this workshop will be a great opportunity for those interested in becoming docents at the train station this season. Presented by the Mountain Top Historical Society. Meet at the historical society’s 1913 Ulster& Delaware Train Station, 5132 NY 23A Haines Falls. 

 

Saturday, May 14, 9am – Hike at Latvian Camp
Longtime MTHS member Nancy Allen will lead an easy hike around the grounds of the Latvian Evangelical Lutheran Summer Camp (Nometne) located in Elka Park. Learn about the history of the camp, visit the lake and buildings, and take a walk through the woods on the camp's trails. Meet at the parking area on the left at the end of Green Hill Road, just past the camp entrance and before the Elka Park entrance. See the exact Google maps location at: https://goo.gl/maps/XCqwXen9aVLtVEoe6 Hike will end at approximately 11:30. Steady rain will cancel.

 

 

Thursday, March 24 at 7pm

"Three Extraordinary Ordinary Women of the Mountain Top"

In celebration of Women’s History Month, join us for an evening on Zoom to celebrate three exceptional Mountain Top women: Justine Hommel, Hunter Historian for 3 decades and co-founder of the MTHS, Bernadine Wesley, engineer and civil rights activist, as well as a member of the Hunter Planning Board for ten years, and Sidonia Palace, managing editor of the Windham Journal for 28 years and a community volunteer extraordinaire. Deborah Allen, Johanna Titus and Cyndi LaPierre, will speak about these three Mountain Top women from very different backgrounds whose leadership, accomplishments, and legacy helped to make the Mountain Top what it is today. Cost of Attendance: Free. 

View a recording of this webinar on our Youtube channel.

Sunday, Feb. 27 at 3pm
“Enslaved: People as Property in Delaware County, 1790 – 1830”
The MTHS presents our first program of 2022: “Enslaved: People as Property in Delaware County, 1790 – 1830.”
This Zoom talk by Diane Galusha, historian, author and President of the Town of Middletown Historical Society, will examine what the institution of slavery looked like in Delaware County as farms, towns, and industry developed following the Revolutionary War. The talk will identify specific slaveholders – wealthy, landed settlers who brought their servants with them from the Hudson Valley and New England – and will, to the extent possible, describe the individuals they owned and the work they did. Citing personal documents, official records, memoirs, newspaper accounts and other period sources, Galusha will bring this little-known aspect of local history out of the shadows. 
 
Note: This Zoom presentation was recorded and is viewable on our Facebook page and Youtube channel.