County Historian Launches Summer With Four Locally Focused Programs

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Sullivan County Historian John Conway will be presenting a number of programs in upcoming weeks, all of which can be attended in-person, and two of which are also available via Zoom.

On Thursday, May 20, at 6 p.m., Conway will present “The Suffragists: The Fight for the Vote in Sullivan County” at the Hurleyville Performing Arts Centre Cinema. This program can be attended in-person in the Cinema, and also via Zoom. A ticket is required by contacting the Performing Arts Centre (https://hurleyvilleartscentre.org).

On Saturday, May 22, at 3 p.m., he will present the program, “Doctors Say: ‘Go to the Mountains!’: How Sullivan County’s Reputation as a Healing Environment Helped Build Its Resort Industry” at the events space at the Narrowsburg Union and via Zoom. The program is free, but registration is required at www.narrowsburgunion.com/events.

On Sunday, May 23 at 4 p.m., Conway will be at the Seminary Hill Orchard and Cidery in Callicoon to discuss, “An Apple a Day: Apples and Apple Cider in Sullivan County History.” This program will be presented for in-person attendance only. It is open to the public at 43 Wagner Lane in Callicoon.

And on Thursday, June 10, at 6 p.m., the Ethelbert B. Crawford Public Library in Monticello will host the program “Sullivan County’s (Not So) Secret Civil War,” a fascinating in-person lecture about southern sympathizers in Sullivan County during the Civil War. Conway says that while most of the County enthusiastically supported the Union cause during the Civil War, there was a very strong anti-Abraham Lincoln sentiment here, and a number of notable men were known to be Southern

sympathizers, or Copperheads, as they came to be called. The program analyzes the manifestations of those sentiments, and how they sharply divided the Village of Monticello.

This program is free and open to the public, outdoors at the library at 479 Broadway in Monticello. Call the library for more information at 845-794-4660.

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