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Debra Conway—who, incidentally, celebrates a birthday today— is the Executive Director of the non-profit history education group, The Delaware Company, and would ordinarily be hard at work this … more
It was June of 1937, and Town Boards throughout Sullivan County were debating when to allow women to serve on trial juries in local courts. Although women had gained the right to vote in New York … more
Figures released by the U.S. Census Bureau in the spring of 1930 included a bit of a surprise for Sullivan County residents, revealing that Monticello had passed the village of Liberty to become the … more
On May 23, 1789, Nathaniel Sackett sent a long, rambling letter to newly inaugurated president George Washington. The letter informed Washington that Congress had denied Sackett's proposal that he be … more
In the late 19th century, the average annual catch of shad from the Delaware River was about 4 million fish, totaling 14 to 16 million pounds, and commercial shad fishing had become a linchpin of … more
In May of 1869, the community of Barryville, then prosperous and populated thanks to the Delaware and Hudson Canal running through it, was terrorized by reports of an escaped murderer hiding in the … more
It was May 1, 1926, and community leaders in Liberty were finalizing plans for the dedication of the village's newest addition, Maimonides Hospital on Lake Street. Construction of the modern … more
It was April 20, 1953, and Sullivan County hotels had already received more than 11,000 inquiries about room reservations, and bookings were running nearly 20 per cent ahead of the year … more
Law enforcement officials in Sullivan County were unusually busy during the first two weeks of April in 1940. They transported mobster Irving “Big Gangi” Cohen back to Monticello from California … more
Tourism in Sullivan County has been influenced over the years by many things, from the arrival of the railroads to the construction of the Quickway and the advent of the concept of the Fortress … more
Historians and public health officials are revisiting—and reevaluating—the lessons to be learned from the worldwide outbreak of the so-called Spanish Flu in 1918. There is still much … more
The Spanish flu epidemic that came to light in 1918 and killed perhaps as many as 100 million people worldwide before it ran its course, remains a confusing and misunderstood chapter in the history … more
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