Middletown seeking gift of history

The holidays are upon us and the Historical Society of the Town of Middletown has compiled a wish list for those willing to contribute the gifts of time and information to help document the town’s heritage.
Creameries: HSM is collecting photographs, information and printed materials about the business of dairy farming, including local creameries. If you or a family member worked at a creamery in Middletown or contiguous towns, or if you have photos, postcards, receipts, advertisements, signs or other information, please e-mail history@catskill.net, or contact an HSM board member: Diane Galusha, Carolyn Konheim, Marilyn Pitetti, Andy VanBenschoten, Fran Faulkner, Lucci Kelly or George Hendricks Jr.
Barns: HSM would like to conduct a survey of standing barns and farm buildings. Please send photographs and identifying information (location, owner, condition and history if known) to HSM, P.O. Box 745, Margaretville, NY 12455, or e-mail the address above.
Displays: Area residents with historical collections who would like to exhibit artifacts or memorabilia in the display case at the town hall are invited to contact Town Historian Shirley Davis who can assist with arranging the display.
A committee of interested citizens will soon form to assist American Legion Post #210 in identifying and marking every veteran’s grave in the Town of Middletown in time for Memorial Day, 2010. If you or your organization would like to “adopt a cemetery” or to be part of this important commemorative effort, please contact Diane Galusha, 845 586-4973.
Do you have an ancestor who served in World War I? We are looking for information and memorabilia about Middletown in the “Great War.” Please contact us!
Friends of Middletown Cemeteries hopes to begin to repair several broken monuments and otherwise restore Arkville Cemetery in 2010. To participate, send an e-mail to history@catskill.net or watch for notice of a meeting to be held in the near future.
Maple history: HSM will have a display on the history of maple sugaring at the first-ever Forest Festival to be held in Margaretville October 10, 2010. If you have vintage buckets, barrels, spiles, photographs or advertisements, please contact Andy VanBenschoten, 845 586-4283.
Volunteers are needed to help with fund raising, organizing our collection and planning programs for the coming year. Those interested are welcome to an upcoming meeting of the HSM Board of Directors Wednesday, Dec. 3 at 6:30 p.m. at the Catskill Watershed Corporation office, 905 Main St., Margaretville.