“Pine Orchard: Lair of the Mountain House” Presented by Jim Planck

Mountain Top Historical Society 5132 Route 23A, Haines Falls, New York, United States

2024 marks the 200th anniversary of the opening of the Catskill Mountain House Hotel. In the first of two presentations, Jim Planck, Vice-President of the Greene County Historical Society, will describe the history leading up to the construction of one of America’s first resort destinations. Jim Planck is also the current editor of the GCHS […]

Eve of the Strawberry Full Moon Hike at North South Lake

Hike Leader:  Ryan Penny Difficulty:  Moderate (2.5 miles with a some rock scrambles) Description:  Hike to Sunset Rock (for the sunset) and then Lookout Rock or Artist’s Rock (for the moonrise).  The moon will be full at 9:08 PM.  The hike will begin in the North South Lake eastern parking lot by the beach around […]

Justine Hommel Memorial Lecture: “Frederic Church’s Olana: Art, Ecology and the Native Forest” presented by Sean Sawyer

“Frederic Church’s Olana: Art, Ecology and the Native Forest” presented by Sean Sawyer, PhD., Washburn and Susan Oberwager President of the Olana Partnership A National Historic Landmark and New York State Historic Site, Olana, is the masterwork of Frederic Church (1826 -1900), America’s most famous artists of the mid-19th century. As a painter, Church defined […]

“Vanished Fauna of the Catskill Mountains”     Presented by Justin Wexler of Wild Hudson Valley with Campfire on the campus of the Mountain Top Historical Society

Mountain Top Historical Society 5132 Route 23A, Haines Falls, New York, United States

A handful of fascinating creatures once inhabited the Catskill Mountain region, but have disappeared over the last three centuries. Join Justin Wexler, educator at Wild Hudson Valley, around the campfire to learn about these animals, their impact on local ecosystems, and their role in indigenous folklore and land use. Justin Wexler is a life-long resident […]

History On Your Plate Dinner

Mountain Top Historical Society 5132 Route 23A, Haines Falls, New York, United States

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Hike: West Kill Mountain

Hike Leader: George Hewitt Difficulty: Difficult (6.8 miles RT with a 1,800’ elevation gain and rock scrambles) Description: The hike will begin at the parking lot at the end of Spruceton Road in West Kill, proceed up past Diamond Notch FaIls to the summit of West Kill Mountain. After the hike, for those interested, we […]

12th Annual Postcard Show with John Duda

Mountain Top Historical Society 5132 Route 23A, Haines Falls, New York, United States

Join us for the 12th Annual Postcard Show at the Ulster & Delaware Train Station on the MTHS campus. The MTHS will also be selling ephemera from its attic in a special sale. A $3 entry fee will be charged at the door. Vendors contact John Duda at johnalmathduda@gmail.com

Hike: 1925 Teenage girls working at the Mountain House

Hike Leader: Bob Gildersleeve Difficulty: Moderate Description: This can take two different paths. We can go from the Mountain House site to Boulder Rock by way of the abandoned trail called the "Circuit of South Mountain" and possibly on to the Hotel Kaaterskill grounds. The girls who were summer workers at the Catskill Mountain House […]

5th Annual Reading of Washington Irving’s Rip Van Winkle

Get to know the “true” story behind sleepy Rip, his dog Wolf and the mysterious ninepin bowling Dutchmen. Vintage and antique Rip Van Winkle books, films and art will be on display. Attendees and readers are encouraged to dress like Rip Van Winkle, Dame Winkle or Wolf. *READERS WANTED!* Sign up by going to https://mths.org/rsvp, […]

“Symphonies in Stone: Finding Harmony and Balance in the Ancient Ceremonial Landscapes of the Catskills” presented by Evan Pritchard via Zoom

This is a virtual Zoom presentation. Please make sure to register so you can receive a link via email to attend. All are welcome. In this presentation author and professor Evan Pritchard (of Mi'kmaq descent) will screen selections from an original film matching western classical music to photos of the Catskill's indigenous stone cairns, based […]