Local History

Shandaken Museum celebrates its 30th anniversary

Shandaken Museum celebrates its 30th anniversary

The historical museum will celebrate its 30th anniversary on Saturday, September 14, from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m., with a party featuring a scavenger hunt and other activities for kids, refreshments, tours, and more. When you stop by, be sure and schedule time to look through the astounding collection of antique tools, photographs, clothing, and other vestiges of the town’s history.

Artist Edwina Sandys, Churchill’s granddaughter, to discuss her Berlin Wall sculpture at FDR site

Artist Edwina Sandys, Churchill’s granddaughter, to discuss her Berlin Wall sculpture at FDR site

Saturday, Sept. 21: It was Winston Churchill who, in a 1946 speech at Westminster College in Fulton, Missouri, coined the term “Iron Curtain” to characterize the growing divide between the capitalist and communist wings of the World War II Allies. Churchill’s granddaughter, the noted artist Edwina Sandys, MBE, has called the Berlin Wall “the physical embodiment of the Iron Curtain.” After the Wall was dismantled in 1989, the reunited German government gave Sandys her pick of eight of its concrete panels to use as a medium for her art.

19th-century “base ball” games in Grahamsville

19th-century “base ball” games in Grahamsville

Saturday, August 24 : There will be two vintage base ball (yes, two words) games between the Mountain Athletic Club of Fleischmanns and the Atlantic Base Ball Club of Brooklyn at the Grahamsville Fairgrounds. The first game will be played by the rules in effect in 1864, and the second game will be played by rules from 1895.