Local History

Tanneries hurt the environment in the 1800s, but the Catskills eventually benefitted

Tanneries hurt the environment in the 1800s, but the Catskills eventually benefitted

Saturday, May 5: In his talk entitled “The Catskill Tanneries: An Environmental Disaster with a Happy Ending,” local historian Paul Misko describes the development of the tannery industry — particularly in Phoenicia’s Woodland Valley but also in other parts of the Catskills — as well as the consequences of the tanneries’ brief reign, which he says weren’t all bad.

Reviving the Colonial Revivalist

Reviving the Colonial Revivalist

William B. Rhoads’ new book & exhibition about Charles S. Keefe puts the Kingston architect back on the historical map. The Friends of Historic Kingston will offer a self-guided driving tour of 15 Keefe buildings, so you can check out Keefe’s architecture for yourself.

Marbletown hosts Historic House Tour to benefit the Ulster County Historical Society

Marbletown hosts Historic House Tour to benefit the Ulster County Historical Society

Saturday, April 28: All the historic houses on the tour started as one- or two-room houses. Most of them were constructed of stone, while others had stone foundations and were built of clapboard. Over the centuries, the houses were expanded. The houses on this tour reflect a range of the decisions owners had to make: how much of the original house should be preserved, what features should be kept, what features could be added.