Ron Fleming, MTHS's co-founder and first president, has died.
The Mountain Top Historical Society probably would not exist without the vision and efforts of Rev. Dr. Ronald Fleming formerly of Westkill, NY. At the time of the founding of the Society, Dr. Fleming lived in the Westkill home once belonging to Western artist Charles Schreyvogel. It was perhaps that connection to the important artist who has been compared to Frederic Remington and to another 19th Century Westkill resident, Levi Hill, who is credited with producing the world's first color photograph that made Dr. Fleming see the importance of our region to American history.We are grateful to Rev. Fleming for his leadership and vision.
An obituary and link to a memorial page can be found in the Windham Journal of January 22 and in the Journal's website.
Woodland Valley Hike
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.
Classic Scenes Calendar for 2015
Produced by John Ham, noted author of books on the Greene County Catskill resorts and railroads, this 2015 calendar contains 13 beautiful images of of the Town of Hunter as it appeared in the late 19th and early 20th Century--the Golden age of summer tourism in the region.
This will make a nice holiday gift and is available at the Mountain Top Historical Society's Visitors' Center during our regular business hours -- Monday, Wednesday, and Friday 1:00 to 4:00.
Society's price including tax is only $21.60!