HELP BRING A PIECE OF MOUNTAIN TOP & GREENE COUNTY HISTORY HOME
AN EARLY CATSKILL MOUNTAIN HOUSE GUEST REGISTER IS GOING UP
FOR AUCTION IN JUST 10 DAYS!
It has come to the attention of the Mountain Top Historical Society that an early Guest Register of the Catskill Mountain House is going up for auction at Swann Galleries in New York City on September 24. This register, which is of considerable historical interest on its own, is actually a preceding register to the four 19th-century Catskill Mountain House Guest Registers already safely preserved at the Vedder Research Library of the Greene County Historical Society.
To bring the guest register from the early 1840s back home, the Greene County Historical Society is leading an effort to secure a pool of funds to make it possible to submit a winning bid. If enough pledges are collected, on the 24th the Greene County Historical Society will enter a maximum bid that exceeds the projected winning bid range of $5,000 — $7,500.
The Board of the MTHS would very much like this ledger to come home to Greene County and be available to the public at the Vedder Research Library. This cannot be done without your help. We are asking our members and friends to make pledges to the GCHS in support of their winning bid. By helping the GCHS make a winning bid, we can help restore the integrity of a collection which was scattered and separated generations ago by private collectors.
You can play a big role in assuring this volume is not lost to private hands again. We are asking you to make a pledge to the Greene County Historical Society to assure they may enter a maximum bid. If this effort is successful, an invaluable piece of the documentary heritage of the Northern Catskills will come home for researchers and the public to enjoy and study.
You will need to provide your name, email, phone number, and the amount you wish to pledge. Please mention that your pledge is in recognition of the MTHS’s effort to assist the GCHS in winning the Catskill Mountain House Guest Register at auction and bring it home.
The Board of the MTHS has made a commitment to this effort. We hope you will join us and members of the Greene County Historical Society in this rare opportunity to bring an early Catskill Mountain House Guest Register back home to Greene County. If the GCHS is successful, they will provide a digital copy of the ledger for our use and Mountain Top access.
More information on the auction and the Guest Registers can be found through this link: https://catalogue.swanngalleries.com/Lots/auction-lot/-NEW-YORK--Guest-register-for-the-legendary-Catskill-Mountai?saleno=2546&lotNo=164&refNo=772718
This is truly a once in a lifetime opportunity, There is no time to lose. Please be as generous as you can. Many thanks!
Adrienne Larys Bob Gildersleeve
President Chief Archivist