We remember and honor the life of Mary Ruth Foglino, a dedicated MTHS volunteer, with this oral history interview about her days as a camper at Camp St. Helene in Palenville.

The Twilight Inn Fire

An interview with George Peiffer, a survivor of the Twilight Inn Fire, which occurred on July 14, 1926. Interview recorded in 1982 by Justine Hommel.

A Body Exhumed

Susan Tressler discusses how her grandmother’s body was exhumed in the Haines Falls Cemetery for reasons that are still not entirely clear. Interview recorded by Joanne Ainsworth in 2022.

Roberta Christman filtering maple syrup in 1983. Photo from the Christman family.

An oral history was conducted by Alexandra Prince and Cyndi LaPierre on January 7, 2022 with Roberta Christman, shown above, on the subject of maple sugaring. Roberta ran Christman’s Windham House with her husband Stanley and oversaw their family’s maple sugaring operation from 1952 to 2014. This interview was turned into an article for the Winter 2022 issue of The Hemlock.

Oral History

The MTHS Oral History Project was revived in October 2021 by Cyndi LaPierre and Alexandra Prince and builds on the work completed by Justine Hommel, a founder of the historical society, who conducted oral history interviews in the 1980’s. The goals of the project are as follows:

1. Conduct oral history interviews with people native to and visiting the Mountain Top, those involved in local projects, businesses, government, labor, religion, vacation, nature-based activities, arts or other areas of interest as they develop.

2. Examine existing oral histories in the MTHS archives and transcribe or narrativize them for use inThe Hemlock, blog, social media, etc. 

3. Hold public workshops on oral history.

Please contact us through the form below if you would like to conduct interviews or if you would like to be interviewed.