Welcome to the MTHS website
The Mountain Top Historical Society is dedicated to discovering and preserving the unique and rich history of the Catskill High Peaks. The Society is a not-for-profit organization and maintains a Visitor and Art Trail Center and the Ulster and Delaware train depot (shown above) on our campus in Haines Falls. We are located on scenic Route 23A at the gateway to the Mountain Top and are easily accessible from Exit 20 or 21 of the New York State Thruway.
The Town of Hunter, home to MTHS, has been designated a Preserve America Community.
MTHS News and links:
Thank you to the volunteers who staff the Visitors' Center (in addition to board members):Nancy Allen, Helen Exum, Kim Foley, Jean Pierre Foucart, Sim Hamcke, Elaine Johnson, Bonnie MacKenzie, Barbara Mattson, Nancy and Joe McGowan, Paul Misko, Carol and Joe Paulonis, Cathy Penna, Donna Poulin, Carole Sayle, Pete and Joanne Senterman, Barbara Slutzky, Dede Thorpe, Bob Titus and Michelle Yost.
Our sincere apologies to Barbara Mattson for inadvertently omitting her name in the Winter 2014 edition of the Hemlock. We value the service of every one of our volunteers.
Thanks to our business sponsors:
Bruce Feml General Contractor, Central Hudson Gas & Electric, Deer Mountain Inn, Dr. Elena Suditu, GNH Lumber, Inc., Hotel Vienna, Hunter Mountain, Mountain Propane, Inc., Pancho Villas Mexican Restaurant, Rosehaven Inn, Snow Bird Ski Shop, Tannersville Antique & Artisan Center, The Mountain Brook, The Thompson House, Thorpe's GMC, Inc., Traphagen’s Honey, Willow Mixed Media, Williams Lumber and Home Centers
Our 2015 Season--Planning Underway
Mountain snows are melting and the calendar says it is Spring! Plans for our 41st season are well underway. The programs are sure to interest history buffs and hikers alike. Last year we were delighted with the response to all our programs and look forward to everyone's continued involvement. We launched a few new activities, most especially the HikeFest, and we plan to hold another one again in October.
Our theme for 2015 is the "people of the Catskills." Programs will bring attention to the Women of the Catskills such as Candace Wheeler and will explore the life and work of the first shaper of the national interest in nature, famed naturalist and writer John Burroughs. Both of these programs will take place in June and will combine talks, hikes and delicious food!
Several authors are lined up to tell additional stories about the people of the region and the impact of people on the natural world.
In May, David and Wanda Dorpfeld will be visiting us to talk about their new book Legendary Locals of Greene County, and in September, noted Wall Street Journal and the New York Times foreign correspondent, Jim Sterba, will share the insights he discusses in his book, Nature Wars:The Incredible Story of How Wildlife Comebacks Turned Backyards Into Battlefields. This is the startling story of the unanticipated consequences of human interaction with and manipulation of the natural world.
The 2015 season will launch with our annual Spring Fling on May 19. It will feature a hike and program at the Mountain Top Arboretum. Beverly Dezan and Lynn Byrne, lifelong educators and nature enthusiasts, will guide us along Arboretum paths. Fran Driscoll, nature photographer, will provide pointers to those who choose to bring their cameras. Later in the summer, we will explore the Kiersted Tannery in the Kaaterskill Clove and return again to Woodland Valley to follow in the footsteps of John Burroughs as he tramped in and around the mountains that now comprise the Burroughs Range.
For more information click on the Events and Hikes link in the right side bar. More details will be added regularly, so check back often.
We couldn't sustain all these activities and the Archives (which are growing by leaps and bounds) without the help of volunteers, donors and sponsors. We are grateful for your help and invite you to join us for what is shaping up to be an exciting 41st season!
MTHS Needs You
In order to keep all of these activities going we need YOU! We depend on two things to support our efforts: If you are a member of the MTHS but have not yet renewed for 2015, please take a few moments to bring your membership up to date. If you have not yet joined us, click on the link on this page to go to a secure webpage and join us there.
If you have been a volunteer with us in the past couple of years, thank you! If you have not yet volunteered, let us know what you can do and how much time you have to give. We need people to help maintain the buildings and grounds; people to staff the Visitors' Center; people to help with the archives; people to sell raffle tickets and food at our events; and more. Our schedule is flexible and we'll find a way to bring you in. Contact us using our contacts page or call 518 589-6657 and leave a message. We'd love to hear from you!