Postcard showing Alligator Rock in the Catskill Mountains

The Mountain Top Historical Society (MTHS) is dedicated to discovering, preserving, interpreting and sharing the unique and rich history of the Mountain Top region in Greene County, NY.

We are a not-for-profit organization founded in 1974 and engage in activities and programs that enrich understanding and foster appreciation of the Mountain Top’s history, geology, literature, culture, and folklore in a variety of ways:

  • Annual Open House – Free event featuring entertainment, lectures and exhibits held on the fourth Saturday in August on the MTHS campus.
  • Archival Collections – We collect and preserve documents and photographs related to Mountain Top history to keep them in the public trust and available for research.
  • Educational Programs – We maintain an ongoing collaboration with our local schools to help students understand the history of the area.
  • The Hemlock – Our quarterly publication includes historical sketches, updates on our activities and other areas of interest to our members.
  • Popular Hiking Series – May to October the MTHS’s seasoned hike leaders explore the region, enriching the hiking experience with local folklore, geology and history.
  • Public History Information – We field many queries related to local history from residents and visitors.
  • Oral History – Preserving the stories of diverse voices and experiences on the Mountain Top.
  • Scholarly Resource – Materials and information have been supplied to writers and researchers from the National Geographic, The New York Times, the Smithsonian and other publications.
  • Summer Lectures – Monthly programs feature experts on interesting topics such as the grand hotels, railroads, Native American history and indigenous plant and animal life.
  • Workshops – Conducted by scholars and professionals in genealogy, the humanities and other areas of interest
  • Visitors’ Center – Provides information on hiking trails, maps, history books, and history exhibits
  • Ulster & Delaware Train Depot – Maintenance of a historic train depot from the Ulster and Delaware Railroad. This depot serves as a space for exhibitions and events. 
Thomas Nast’s classic 1866 print “Sketches Among the Catskill Mountains” which appeared in Harper’s Weekly over a hundred fifty years ago in July 1866. Nast is considered the “Father of the American [political] Cartoon,” and for good reason. He introduced the elephant and the donkey to represent the Republican and Democratic parties, created a series of cartoons that helped bring down Boss Tweed and, in a lighter vein, created the image of Santa Claus that persists to this day.

1962 Hunter Baseball team

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