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2006 Special Vet's Day Program
2008-Walden in the Civil War
2009-Virtual Cemetery Tour
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2011-Author: Lisa Melville
-Civil War: Walden,CO. H
Washington Post article: Co H-2014
-Textile Industry in Walden
2014-Knifetown USA: Part I-
The New York Knife Company
2015-Old House Superstitions &
Treasures: Concealment Shoes
2016-Knifetown USA:
Parts II & III-
-Walden Knife Company &
-Schrade Cutlery
2017-Mail Call: Letters from War

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Historical Society of Walden and the Wallkill Valley


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Be sure to see the Calendar for more event dates... and Visit us on Facebook!


Print PDF of coupons for January




Coming Up in November & December...

Wed., Nov 20th at the Municipal Building:

7 PM - Special Video Presentation
"Where Slavery Died Hard,"
The Forgotten History of Ulster County and the Shawangunk Mountain Region
2nd floor Meeting Room, Light Refreshments follow the presentation.

Tues., Nov. 26th at Franco's!

Coupons to download--or pick them up at the Josephine-Louise Public Library in Walden

Fri & Sat., Nov 7 & 8...

Print a flyer to invite friends and family


And Now EVERY Month, last Tuesday of the Month at FRANCO'S!


This is the Society's 60th Year!

6:00 PM, July 18th...

Annual Picnic on the Porch
at the Jacob T. Walden House
Bring a pot luck covered dish or dessert to share and be sure to bring an interesting item for Local History Show 'n Tell.
This is always a fun event.

Members' 60th Anniversary Event
Commemorating the purchase and renovation
of the Jacob T. Walden House, and the founding of the
Historical Society of Walden and the Wallkill Valley

Orange County Historian, Guest Speaker

7:30 PM, June 20th...

Author Robi Josephson
returns to the Walden House to present,
"Hardscrabble Life in the Gunks," 
an illustrated talk about The Trapps, a vanished mountain hamlet of the
Shawangunk Mountains.  Today, the lands between Lakes Mohonk
and Minnewaska are protected, but a century and more ago it was home to
250 to 300 people who scratched a living from a rocky and unforgiving land.  
Learn just how hardscrabble a life it was, including the story of the Enderly family who lost seven members during the Spanish flu epidemic of 1918.  
Robi's two books will be on sale, with 50 percent of the profits
being donated to the Historical Society.  Light refreshments follow...

Sunday, May 6th...
Call for Reservations Today!

The Month of April ...
A few days left to buy your Hannaford Bags!

April 18, 2018...


PDF of the flyer

Please download our Flyer and share with your friends!


WED, SEPT 21, 7:30PM
at the Walden House

For Guest Speakers John Gruini, Jr. and Alex Prizgintas--on local, Orange County Bottle Collecting. Light Refreshments follow.

THURS, SEPT 22, 5-8:30PM
DAXXON Chinese Restaurant in Walden
Our Next Fundraiser! Dine In or Take Out-

either way sends 10% of your meal price to the
Historical Society. Thank you! Be sure to
take a coupon (print link below) or pick up a coupon at the
Josephine-Louise Public Library.

Veterans Day Program 2015

On April 15th at 7:30 pm at the Jacob T. Walden House. Our guest speaker was Ms. Johanna Porr, Orange County Historian.
Thank you!

Please print a PDF or two of this flyer and invite your friends!
The original post card is from 1907 (without "New York, Walden, Albany").

Sept. 21, 2013: Our Special 55th Anniversary Luncheon,
guest speaker, Trustee Marcus Millspaugh,
Colden Manor at Spruce Lodge

Flyer PDF - please invite your friends!

Sept. 18: Regular Meeting- 7:30 PM Offsite.
Mickey Millspaugh guests on the Restoration of the Jacob T. Walden House. Meeting is AT the Municipal Building in Walden, 3rd Floor Assembly Room.

First our invitation to local Artists and Craftsmen:

And our invitation to our Community:

PDFs of the two flyers to print, post, and share: Artists / Community
We thank you for inviting your friends!

Coming up on Sunday, December 2nd at 2PM   

Link to PDF file to print a copy or invite friends

Yard Sale 2012
Poster (PDF)  Annual Yard Sale 2012-Poster


Picnic colage 2012Picnic on the Porch, Wednesday, July 18th, 6 PM
In addition to great food, our Picnic always features a fascinating Show & Tell!


Advanced reservations are required
Full Page PDF of this flyer

Full Page PDF of this flyerCapers and CameosCapers and Cameos by David C. Lustig, Jr.
Our thanks to Dave who in addition to years of service as Trustee of the
Society, now "retired," has generously donated a $5 portion of each
book sale to the Historical Society.
Dave released Capers and Cameos in the summer of 2011.
His book presents the real life adventures of growing up in Walden in the 1930's
with his many lifelong Walden friends. Delightful compilation of short stories.
Books may be ordered by e-mailing Dave or by contacting the Historical Society

Yard Sale Sept 17, 2011

Lt. Col. (R) Sherman Fleek to speak on Gen MacArthur at West Point Today, Sept. 21, 2011

Capers & Cameos, a new book by David C. Lustig, Jr.

Congratulations to former Trustee, David C. Lustig, Jr.!

Dave has just released a new book, Capers & Cameos, real life adventures of growing up in Walden
with his many life long Walden friends. Delightful compilation of short stories.
Booksigning - August 17th at the Walden House 

July - Art on the Lawn, July 23rd
Look for our Silent Auction paintings in the photo section soon.
Winners of the Silent Aucution to be announced at Walden Harvest Fest 2011

Thank you to J.A. Di Bello and the Delaware & Hudson Canvas

for their recent article on the Walden House!

June - Chris Farlekas Guests
June 15th at 7:30 - Journalist Chris Farlekas guests on the topic of "Banned Books."
Should prove to be a lively evening.
Light Refreshments follow - at the Jacob T. Walden House.

May - Robert Score Guests

May 18th: Area resident, Robert Score, Guest Speaker - on "The Ghost Whistle"
7:30 PM at the Jacob T. Walden House
PDF of recent news article
Be sure to see the Recent Photos from this event

6th Annual Spring Tea
April 30th AND May 1st - 2 Dates / 3 Seatings

View PDF Flyer
-- Print and Invite your friends!
Be sure to see the recent Photos of our events


Lisa Melville has written a book about the famous
Grace Murder Case
in Walden in 1912.
Released Thanksgiving Day 2010, copies available at leading Bookstores. Read Orange Magazine Interview,
and info from her Publisher, http://www.sisubooks.com
PDF of the Flyer 

Photos from the event are posted on the Website.



Annual Yard Sale at the Jacob Walden House

Annual Picnic on the Porch - July 21 6:30


April 11 - 9th Annual Local History Day--Genealogy: Hi Cousin!
2-4PM at the Municipal Building, Bradley Room (
Flyer PDF)
April 21 - 6:30 PM-General Meeting. Guest Speaker: Bob Jordy,
Hudson River Steamboats plide presentation
April 25 - 6:30 PM-Annual Spring Tea at the Jacob T. Walden House
--Tickets on sale (

May 19 - 6:30 PM-General Meeting. Guest Speaker: Richard Langston

June 16 - 6:30 PM-General Meeting. Offsite visit-St. Andrews Episcopal Church:
Guest Speaker, Bob Siegman

2009 EventsThere were Two Raffle drawings--for the Rocking Chair & Walden Afghan, and a second drawing for the Holiday Tea Gift Basket
Raffle Tickets were $1 each.
Patty Estep was our big Winner of the beautiful solid pine Ethan Allan Rocking Chair and Walden Afgan,
and donated back the rocking chair for our next raffle--Thank you!
andLisa Melville was the winner for the 2nd drawing--the Holiday Gift Basket of winter dishes (setting for 4), dish towels and napkins,
variety teas, hot choclate, Historical Society notecards, and gingrbread bees wax ornament ! To everyone else: better luck next time.

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Mission, Officers & Trustees

Tour the House
The Meeting Room
The Dining Room
The Front Hall
The Living Room
The Stairs
Large Upstairs Bedroom
Small Upstairs Bedroom

Event Photos
Christmas Tea 2008
Christmas Tea, 2007
Photos from Recent Events 2007
Spring Tea, April 2007

Veteran's Day, Nov. 2006
Christmas Tea, Dec. 2006



Bulletin Board of 2008 Events  

November 19th--Ray Devoe on Women in the Military

October 15th--John Gruini--Orange County Antique Bottles

50th Anniversary Weekend

2007--Previous Event Flyers



Puppet Show & Ice Cream Social, Sunday, August 12th!Meet us at the Jacob Walden House (Montgomery & Wait Streets) on Sunday, August 12, 2007, 2-4 PM when Rick Stevens will perform a puppet show, followed by an old fashioned Ice Cream Social. The event is free--but reservations are required as space is very limited.

Please phone Anita 845-778-7772 for Reservations

Annual Picnic on the Porch,
Member Pot Luck/Show-&-Tell July 18, 2007

Guest speaker, Patricia Edwards Clyne, author, presented her new book,

Hudson Valley Faces & Places, June 20, 2007

Local resident, Tony Morano presented a program and distributed a booklet on the History of the Maybrook Rail Road, May 16, 2007

Presentation & Discussion of the film, "Sam," April 18th at the Walden House. Sisters Becky Pearson (our Walden Mayor) and Debbie Phelps (author and photographer), presented the film documentary, "Sam" about their father, Sam Phelps, author and ecologist.

Sam Phelps is the author of Feathers 'n Fur



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