LMFL presents historical lecture program

Join us at the Library!

For September Programs by Sullivan County Historian John Conway

John welcomes inquiries about the general history of Sullivan County and especially about the evolution of the Catskill resort industry in the 19th and 20th centuries.

The Lenape: Their Language, Their Culture, Their Legacy

Thursday, September 9th @ 6:30 p.m.

Many archeologists believe that the Lenape, a Native American tribe of Algonquin culture, lived along the banks of the Upper Delaware River as early as 12,000 years ago, hunting, fishing, and eventually farming, growing corn, squash and beans. They held great council fires and annual green corn festivals along the Delaware River, called Lenapewihittuck, and celebrated the region’s natural beauty and its healing qualities. They referred to the area as Lenapehoking, meaning “land of the Lenape.” 

Ongoing clashes with the more aggressive Iroquois tribes to the north and growing tensions with the ever-increasing number of Europeans moving into the region prompted the Lenape to move westward, abandoning this area by around 1730. But a legacy remains, for example, in the form of local place names still in use today. Sullivan County Historian John Conway examines that legacy in this fascinating program.

Bought for a Song: Irving Berlin’s Sullivan County Connection
Thursday, September 23rd @ 6:30 p.m.


It was Christmas, 1938, just a few weeks after Kate Smith had debuted his revised “God Bless America” on her radio show, that songwriter Irving Berlin presented his wife with a house and 52 acres of land in Lew Beach in Sullivan County, and from that point on, the family spent as much time as possible at their “country home” on Shin Creek. Even family members continue to debate whether or not he actually wrote “White Christmas” here, but regardless, the influence the county had on Irving Berlin’s life is indisputable. Here’s a retrospective of that life, courtesy of Sullivan County Historian John Conway.

In order to keep everyone safe, MASKS ARE REQUIRED!

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