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The Road Less Traveled at the Mountain Top Historical Society

On Friday, July 11, 2014 at 7:30 p.m. the MTHS will present Chuck D'Imperio, radio broadcaster, newspaper columnist and writer of books about Upstate New York. Chuck's motto is: “The road less traveled is the road best traveled!” He has been travelling those roads and writing about famous people who are buried in Upstate New York, folk heroes who walked our pathways, historic communities big and small, legendary New Yorkers and life in general in this beautiful area we call home. He enjoys sharing what he has learned about his beloved Upstate New York in lively and fun talks. This is your chance to share with him.

Chuck D'Imperio will be appearing at the historic Ulster & Delaware Train Station on the Mountain Top Historical Society's Haines Falls campus on rt.23A. The 7:30 p.m. talk will be followed by a reception. Chuck will have Upstate New York books for sale and will be available to answer questions and chat informally. Mark your calendar now so you don't miss out on this entertaining night out. A $3.00 donation is requested.

May 10-11 (Saturday-Sunday) Joint Field Meeting of the Torrey Botanical Society, the Philadelphia Botanical Club, the Olive Natural Heritage Society and the Catskill Native Plant Society

This meeting will try to commemorate the collecting trips to the Catskills in the 1740’s-50’s of John and William Bartram, two of America’s first botanists of note. Our first venue (Saturday) will be Diamond Notch in Hunter-West Kill Wilderness Area, Greene County, to visit a rare first growth Fir-Spruce Forest to see the “Balm of Gilead” (Abies balsamea) that the Bartrams collected on their journeys. Hopefully we will also sight Bartram’s serviceberry (Amelanchier bartramiana). Our second venue (Sunday) will be a hike at North-South Lake in Greene County, to follow in the footsteps of the Bartrams as they visited the lakes and Kaaterskill Falls on their 1753 trip. The spring ephemerals including: spring beauties, giant blue cohosh, hepatica, trout lilies, baneberries, Dutchman’s breeches, bloodroot, trilliums, and other ephemerals should be very much in evidence. Joel Fry, Curator of Bartram’s Garden in Philadelphia, will be in attendance and giving a talk titled “Flowers on the Frontier”. The lecture will detail the Bartram’s travels in the Catskills and elsewhere and will take place at the Mountain Top Historical Society’s campus in Haines Falls, in the restored Haines Falls Train Station at 7:00PM Saturday evening.

 

Working on the Railroad

 "Where were the tracks?"  That is one of the more frequently asked questions by visitors to the  Society's Ulster and Delaware Station in Haines Falls.  You can see where the tracks were as outlined by string in the photo.Later this year the string will be replaced by actual tracks. TheCatskill Mountain Railroad (CMR) is donating 120 feet of rails to help recreate a portion of the railbed  in front of the U&D train station. In order to make this a reality,  MTHS needs to purchase railroad ties and ballast for the track AND we need the help of volunteers on track-laying day.  The cost of materials is estimated at about $3,000. Both donations and volunteers are needed.  You can donate here or fill out the downloadable Working on the Railroad Form. Please email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. if you would like more information on the MTHS railroad project.