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February 2019

Local History Talk with Marylou Stapleton

February 9, 2019 @ 1:00 pm - 2:00 pm
Phoenicia Library
Free
Marylou Stapleton

Saturday, 2/9 @ 1:00– 2:00 pm Local History Talk with Marylou Stapleton. Lifelong Big Indian resident Marylou Stapleton will be here to talk about the book she's published - Laurels by Laura. The stories in this book are tales recounted by her mother, Laura Aley, of life in the Catskills starting from the time she arrived here in the 1940s. A not to be missed talk for anyone interested in local history. Copies of the book will be for sale.

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March 2019

50 Years Along the Catskill Mountain Branch

March 9, 2019 @ 6:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Boiceville Inn, 3984 Route 28
Boiceville, NY 12412 United States
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$15 – $18
Railroad

50 Years Along the Catskill Mountain Branch A photo retrospective of the U&D Railroad Corridor and the communities along the way Buffet dinner followed by a slide presentation from Gene Dauner, Photo Historian March 9, 2019 - 6pm Boiceville Inn 3984 Route 28 Boiceville, NY 12412 ENJOY PHOTOS OF THE U&D Rail Corridor, from Kingston to Oneonta, 1966-1969 Bridges, buildings, train stations, trains, construction of Route 28 and more BUFFET DINNER MENU Roast Beef - Chicken Marsala - Salad -…

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July 2019

Guarding the Water: World War I and the Catskill Water Supply

July 21, 2019 @ 2:00 pm - 4:00 pm
Empire State Railway Museum, 70 High St
Phoenicia, NY 12464 United States
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Galusha

Guarding the Water: World War I and the Catskill Water Supply  presented by Diane Galusha July 21, 2019 2-4p.m. Empire State Railway Museum 70 Lower High Street, Phoenicia, NY 12464 Free to public with request for small donation to help defray out cost. One hundred years ago, New Yorkers celebrated the conclusion of the “war to end all wars” when the Treaty of Versailles was signed June 28, 1919, formally ending World War I. They could finally breathe a sigh of relief…

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August 2019

Saving the U&D in the 1980s: Trolleys, Tubes & Doodlebugs

August 18, 2019 @ 2:00 pm - 4:00 pm
Empire State Railway Museum, 70 High St
Phoenicia, NY 12464 United States
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Free
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Saving the U&D in the 1980s: Trolleys, Tubes & Doodlebugs  presented by Gene Dauner August 18, 2019 2-4p.m. Empire State Railway Museum 70 Lower High Street, Phoenicia, NY 12464 Free to public with request for small donation to help defray out cost. Gene Dauner (photo-journalist, historian and ESRM member) is once again delving into his extensive kodachrome collection to bring another unique Kodak carousel presentation to the Empire State Railway Museum. He documented what went on in the 1980s after the last freight…

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October 2019

Simpson Memorial Ski Slope 1936-1937

October 20, 2019 @ 2:00 pm - 4:00 pm
Empire State Railway Museum, 70 High St
Phoenicia, NY 12464 United States
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Free
Simpson Memorial Ski Slope

Simpson Memorial Ski Slope 1936-1937  presented by Jay Simpson October 20, 2019 2-4p.m. Empire State Railway Museum 70 Lower High Street, Phoenicia, NY 12464 Free to public with request for small donation to help defray our cost. Sit back and hear about the Simpson Family's part in bringing the first ski area to Phoenicia and the Catskill Mountains. The Simpsons were a part of Phoenicia history from way back in the 1800s and Jay Simpson will drawn from his family's archives to present this…

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February 2020

The Catskills in the Ice Age

February 22, 2020 @ 1:00 pm - 2:00 pm
Phoenicia Library
Free
Catskills in the Ice Age

Saturday, 2/22 1pm to 2pm The Catskills in the Ice Age Authors Robert & Johanna Titus will be here to talk about their book The Catskills in the Ice Age. Listen as they describe a time when thousands of feet of glacial ice swept across the Catskills as well as equally momentous times when all that ice melted. They will talk about how these events have literally shaped the Catskills into what they are today. Snow date for this talk…

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October 2021

From Grand Central to Albany: New York Central’s Water Level Route

October 30, 2021 @ 1:30 pm - 3:30 pm
Empire State Railway Museum, 70 High St
Phoenicia, NY 12464 United States
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HamAd

From Grand Central to Albany: New York Central’s Water Level Route October 30, 2021 @ 1:30 pm – 3:30 pm Emprie State Railway Museum 70 Lower High Street, Phoenicia, NY 12464 Oct. 30 - Join us for our final 2021 presentation “Beside the Tracks in the Historic Phoenicia Railroad Station.” Local RR author and historian John M. Ham will introduce his newly published book “From Grand Central to Albany: New York Central’s Water Level Route Along the Scenic Hudson River.…

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January 2022

Phoenicia’s Ancient Past – A Historical talk by Evan Pritchard

January 19 @ 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Zoom, 1 Main Street
Phoenicia, NY 12464 United States
Free
Phoenicia's Ancient Past - Evan Pritchard

Phoenicia's Ancient Past - How The Esopus Munsee People Got Through Winter Before Electricity In this illustrated lecture, author Evan Pritchard (Mi’kmaq and Celtic descent) will introduce us to the ancient and icy history of winters long past in the greater Phoenicia area. Evan will focus on the winter lifeways of the Esopus Munsee, the Algonquian-speaking people who have long inhabited the Esopus river valley. Using maps, photos, slides, stories, place-name interpretations, and helpful diagrams, Evan will explore what Munsee…

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February 2022

Exploring Ancient Phoenicia – Part 2

February 23 @ 7:00 pm - 8:30 pm
Zoom, 1 Main Street
Phoenicia, NY 12464 United States
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Exploring Ancient Phoenicia Part 2 - Evan Pritchard

Evan Pritchard will be back again this month with MORE fascinating information about ancient Phoenicia. Join us for an evening of local history info and tales with author Evan Pritchard (Mi’kmaq and Celtic descent). Using maps, photos, slides, stories, place-name interpretations, and helpful diagrams, Evan will explore what Munsee village life in Phoenicia must have been like in winter, including travel, fishing, hunting, agriculture, foraging, controlled burning, shelter, stories, cosmologies, vision quests, and much more. Followed by Q and A.…

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April 2022

Exploring Ancient Phoenicia Part 3 – Protecting These Sacred Mountains

April 27 @ 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Zoom, 1 Main Street
Phoenicia, NY 12464 United States
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Exploring Ancient Phoenicia Part 3 - Evan Pritchard

In this third in a series of multimedia lectures Evan Pritchard will share some of his research regarding the high sacred places of Phoenicia and the surrounding Catskills, especially regarding mountains located within Shandaken township. He will discuss Algonquin metaphysical beliefs surrounding mountains and the spiritual role they play, as sacred sites and vision quest retreats. He will go into detail regarding what are called “cairns” (a Celtic term) or “Manitouassin” sacred stone piles (petroforms) and their mysterious alignments, as…

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