history

With school funds cut for field trips, the Hilltown community is enriching students' understanding of history and their own heritage by bringing antique objects in a suitcase to their classroom.

Rensselaerville Town Clerk Kathleen Hallenbeck says she loves the arithmetic of her job, but her best tool has always been a smile. 

Berne's receptionist and all-around resource spent her last town board meeting in characteristic fashion: writing notes in her yellow legal pad and correcting the town board in its process.

A family explores the homestead of the Wilder family, preserved for visitors to witness the rural ways of 19th-Century New York. Holiday re-enactments and readings will take place there this December.

 

The land above the Helderberg escarpment was settled by German speakers from the river-bottom land along the Rhine, forced out by religious wars. Their story is as rich as the mythic story of the Pilgrims and should be told.

A former marketing consultant, Bruce Kennedy is now a documentary filmmaker inspired by stories he was told as a child of his ancestor's struggle for justice.

Lance Moore, whose family has been involved with theater for many generations, is part of a real-life drama as he rescued a historic inn in Freehold to open a restaurant, and now awaits regular local patrons.

A small country community named Knowersville was developing around the railroad station following the Civil War. With rail access, it was becoming a summer retreat for families from New York and Albany.

There were several hotels by the railway and a resort hotel on the hill beyond named Kushaqua.

Marijo Dougherty, curator of the village archives and museum, has displayed an auto-racing poster for the upcoming Fair Week, as well as reproduced pictures of Lee Wallard, a famed dirt track racer who won the 1951 Indianapolis 500.

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