By Joanne Kosuda-Warner

The Museum has closed for the year and what a year it was.  All of us on the Board have been busy painting galleries, installing carpet, writing new labels and re-installing the galleries. We opened Memorial Day Weekend and had a steady influx of visitors up to our last day, October 15. During that period we hosted over 300 guests! Community Day “Brats and Beer” was a great success at the tavern, as well as “Reservoir Day” at the Pleasant Valley Meeting House. Historian Diane Galusha’s lecture on “Slavery in Delaware County – 1780-1830” was eye-opening and well attended.

Last Spring, many of you saw the new roof being installed and in October new, larger gutters were added. We couldn’t have done this necessary work without the community’s generosity to the capital campaign in December 2020. We were also able to procure grants from The O’Connor Foundation. Thank you to all who contributed to the preservation of our Museum.

This year we were able to recruit many new volunteer docents to show people around the museum. They answer questions about the exhibits and welcome the new visitors. If you are interested in local history and enjoy sharing your knowledge with the public, please call the Hunting Tavern and leave your information. (845-676-3775)

To close out the year, we hosted a members and donors reception on October 15 in the tavern, which was a rousing success! Thank you to Kortney Lawler of Wild Common Wine and Derek Curl of The Andes Hotel for their generous donations of food and wine. Our last event of the year is the traditional “Soup and Bread Night” at the museum. Join us for a simple communal dinner to start the holiday season on December 3rd, 5 – 7 pm..~