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.