Memorable Guests,
& Events
Historical Society of Walden
and the Wallkill Valley

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Photos & Info from our recent events... Updated 6-8-17




Our First OFFSITE Meeting this year will be on Saturday, April 15th
Meet AT the Andries DuBois House, 10a.m to Noon, where we will be guests of the Shawangunk & Gardiner Historical Society. The Andries DuBois House is located
at 15 Wallkill Avenue, Wallkill..

Thank You Wallkill VFW Coalition!

Walden WWII Veterans, David C. Lustig (left) and Vito Imbasciani (right).

Print a PDF of our flyer...

It was a Fun Fundraiser!
Congratulations to Helen Tighe who won 1st Place!

Special Thank you's to Ms. Katherine Sigona,
our afternoon class instructor, the St. Andrew's Episcopal Church in Walden
for the generous use of their hall, and to Historical Society Trustees
Bruce Hotaling
& Nancy Ohlmer for planning this really creative event!

To see all the photos from this event, please see our Facebook page.



(Photo courtesy of the PokémonGO web site.)
Thanks PokémonGO!
Our Jacob T. Walden House is included in the new game as a PokéStop!
So how does PokémonGO work? It's a free-to-play, location-based augmented reality game developed and published for iOS and Android devices. It was initially released in selected countries on July 6, 2016, and manufactured by our old friend, Nintendo.  You can download it for free here:

Players are discovering new places, accidentally exercising, and meeting new people. Right now it's on track to surpass Twitter in daily active users.  By the way, the Smithsonian Institution in Washington (the world's largest!) has nothing on us! PokemonGO has given them 6 Stops...and the Walden House has 1 Stop!  The Jacob T. Walden House, a 1760s stone house became the home of The Historical Society of Walden & the Wallkill Valley in 1958.  Thanks PokemonGO for including us!  Thank you Players for finding us and hope you'll call for an appointment.

We are very pleased to wish Trustee,
Marcus Millspaugh,
a very Happy Birthday!

Happy 90th, Mickey!

Just a few of the guests who attended our our Annual Spring Tea
on Sunday, May 15.

Visit our Facebook page for more tea photos

Sharon Waddell presented Quilts from the Past on April 20th at the Walden House. It was a great program and she also gave
informal appraisals for our members. Photos from the event will be posted soon.
Ms. Waddell began quilting more than 35 years
ago and been studying, collecting, and appraising antique quilts since 2003. Her interests include researching regional quilt patterns of the mid-19th century.

Photos from our Annual Christmas Tea!
Sunday, December 6, 2015. Our Thanks to Kevin Cronin for fabulous music and
to all our members who so generously provided Christmas cookies and treats!

Thank you to Trustee Marcus Millspaugh who gave a riviting talk at
our October 17th meeting, presenting a slide
show on the
history of a brutal murder that took place in Walden in 1917!
We hope to post his slide show in the future.

Thank you Walden Police Chief Jeffry Holmes for a great & informative presentation on September 16th.
He presented fascinating information on the differences of each generation since WWII and how each generation perceives
the world and interacts so differently.


Thank you to the Town of Montgomery Chamber for
choosing the Jacob T. Walden House for their May Meeting!
May 27, 2015

Thank you to everyone who attended our 10th Annual Spring Tea
Sunday, May 17, 2015!


Thank you to Ms. Johanna Porr, Orange County Historian,
who visited the Jacob T. Walden House,
as our Guest Speaker on Wed, April 15 th.

~ 2014 ~

Thank you for being a part of a great year!

Photos from our Annual Christmas Tea & Open House, Dec 7, 2014

Dave Lustig & John Cameron were guest speakers at our special Veterans program in Nov.

 Our October guest speaker, Robi Josephson, presented an absolutely
enthralling talk on the life and families of the vanished Trapps hamlet of the Shawangunk
Mountains, based on her research and book with co-author, Bob Larsen, An Unforgiving Land.
Robi generously donated proceeds from book sales of the evening
(from both books: Mohonk Mountain House and Preserve, and An Unforgiving Land),
to our
Historical Society.

Photos from the 2014 Yard Sale, 9-13-14


Thank You to everyone at Tsechen Kunchab Ling Tibetan Buddhist Temple, June 18, 2014,
for a very welcoming and informative evening. A special Thanks to Ani Kunga, a nun at the Temple,
for a her heartfelt talk on the ancient-to-present history, which included losing their home country,
Tibet, and having to escape to avoid persecution that still exists today, to their
presiding Holiness choosing Walden for the new center --
true lessons of the meaning of freedom in America.
An unexpected surprise
at the end of the evening, a gift to the Historical Society! Thank you.
The Temple has asked us to help create a display of the history of the property in earlier days before the Temple.
The Temple is at 12 Edmunds Lane, Walden.


Thank you to Ray Kelly for a great slide presentation
and talk on the 'Walden-Newburgh Trolley,'
May 21, 2014
Ray is pictured with Society VP, Anita Vandermark, following the program.


A special Thank You to Ming Jie's House Restaurant for making a Dining-to-Donate
fundraiser possible in May... and our thanks to everyone who participated!

Ming Jie's House Chinese Restaurant & Bar is located at 47 Main Street in Walden.

The Annual Spring Tea photos, May 4, 2014


Local History Day 2014,
Knifetown, USA: The New York Knife Company
(Part I of three-part series)
April 26, 2014
Guest Speaker, Mary Ellen Matise, Village Historian
by Trustee & Secretary, Nancy Ohlmer


Our first program for 2014, Michael J. Worden, Police Detective and Author
presented a slide show and talk on his recent book,
The Murder of Richard Jennings:
The TRUE Story of New York's First Murder for Hire
April 16th, 2014

~ 2013 ~
Enjoy Photos from our Annual Christmas Tea,

Sunday, Dec. 8, 2013, 2-4 PM



Veterans Day Program on Wednesday, Nov 20th.

Orange County Legislator, Mike Anagnostakis and Dave Lustig at the Walden House

David C. Lustig, Jr. relayed stories from WWII, as did other guest local Veterans, Al Bull, Connie Flickenschild, Sam Liebman, Mickey Millspaugh, and Larry Yeaple, and a very special and moving tribute by Orange County Legislator, Mike Anagnostakis. We salute all our Veterans from every conflict and sincerely thank you for your service!

Dave Lustig neglected to tell you that in 2005 he was honored by the Czech Republic for his service in WWII. This article appeared in the Wallkill Valley Times in June of 2005.


A New Hat for the Shafer House!
Thank you to Bill Eull & company for a new roof on the Shafer House,
part of the Jacob T. Walden House property.
Undaunted by low temps, wind and rain, they replaced a roof his father installed more than 30 years ago--
that says something for the quality of their work!
Here are a few photos of the progress...


Robi Josephson was our guest speaker at the October 16th meeting--
She presented her talk and slide show,
"Enterprise & Courage: Civil War Years at Mohonk Lake"

Photos from Harvest Fest 2013, Oct. 5, 2013
Thank you all for stopping by our booth!

To see an overview of the Harvest Fest photos, rather than one at a time, choose the small multi color symbol
in the bottom right of this photo block of slides,
click on it to be redirected and then choose "Harvest Fest").


55th Anniversary Luncheon,
Colden Manor at Spruce Lodge,

September 21, 2013

Sept. 18th -- Mickey Millspaugh
on The Restoration of the Jacob T. Walden House
at the Walden Municipal Building


Sept. 14th -- Annual Yard Sale
at the historic Jacob T. Walden House


And this was just September!

Photos--Coffee House & Silent Art Auction Event,
Friday, August 23rd...more info posted soon
A big special 'Thank You' to our wonderful guest performers:
Sarah LaCasse, Thalia Aviles, and Brian Stabner.

Some of the Auction items...

Photos from Picnic on the Porch, July 17 2013


Photos from Art on the Lawn, Saturday July 13th--
and a visit on Sunday, July 14th from the Chinook Society.


Photos from the Annual Spring Tea,
Sunday, May 5th 2013


Photos from our 12th Annual Local History Day

And view the Early Photos-Walden Textile slide show as a PDF file


Photos from our Annual Christmas Tea,
Sunday, December 2, 2012, 2PM   


 Thank you to our Veterans!
with special thanks to Mr. Frank Lamando and Mr. Ray Devoe
for presenting displays of war memorabilia. 
~ Nov 18, 2012




Thank You to Hal Van Aken for a great talk and slide show,

"Wallkill, Then and Now"

October 17th at the Walden House



"Dunk the Duck" table at Walden Harvest Fest 2012 October 6, 2012



History of the First Reformed Church in Walden,

by Rev. Robert Miller, Sept. 19, 2012

Annual Picnic on the Porch, July 18, 2012.
In spite of record heat and threat of severe storms--we had a calm,
cool picnic with a lovely breeze and no rain at all!

Thank you to Ms. Rosemarie Werkman for a full house program on her book, Love, War and Remembrance, at the Walden House, Wednesday, June 20, 2012.
The former Orange County Poet Laureate, talked about her book
and signed books following the program.

On Saturday, June 16th, the Historical Society had the pleasure of meeting very special guests-- Rev. John and Marion Walden from Norwich, UK, as they visited the United States.
Rev. Walden has been in touch with the Society for a few years and had expressed interest in touring the Jacob T. Walden House.
Village of Walden Mayor, Brian Maher, stopped in to officially welcome them.

We thoroughly enjoyed the visit and hope Rev. and Mrs. Walden will return for another delightful morning of stories,
scones (from Sue's Sweet Sensations Bakery, of course) and tea!


Our Thank You to Fr. Joseph P. Fallon, for hosting our Society and delivering his talk,
"History of Most Precious Blood Church."
Wednesday, May 16, 2012


Enjoy a slide show from our Annual Spring Tea! Sunday, April 29th, 2012

Thank you to Walden Police Chief, Jeffry Holmes for a fascinating talk on the history
of the Walden Police Department.
Wednesday, April 18, 2012




Leadership Day 2012
Congratulations to David C. Lustig, Jr. and Marcus Millspaugh...
recently named Samuel Phelps, Jr. Service Award recipients for 2011. A full house awards program was held on Thursday, January 12th, at the Walden Municipal Building where each was presented with a plaque. Mickey is a current Trustee of the society and Dave is a former Trustee. We also congratulate Jody Lynn who received a Volunteer-of-the-Year award, Darlene and Mike Ciardullo of Ciardullo Printing for years of service in the Walden community, and William Holmes, who received the Ronald I. Jacobowitz Youth of the Year award. Guest speaker was Mr. Louis Heimbach. Our Congratulations to all! 


~ 2011 ~

The Annual Christmas Tea...

Photos from Sunday-Dec. 4th, Open House at the Walden House

History of the Walden Fire Department...
Thank you to Lt. George Brown of the Walden Fire Department, Orange Hose Company.
Enjoy photo highlights from the Oct.19th talk on the History of the Walden Fire Department.



Congratulations to Trustee Lisa Melville and our Historical Society!
Lisa received one of seven Awards of Excellence from Greater Hudson Heritage Network for her recent book The Grace Murder Case, presented at West Point on Oct. 14 to Lisa and our Historical Society of Walden and the Wallkill Valley. (Photo courtesy GHHN website)


Enjoy a slideshow of paintings and art in our Silent Auction...
Some of the work begun during our "Art on the Lawn" event. Winning bids were determined at
Harvest Fest on October 1st. Winning bids will be posted shortly...


Walden Harvest Fest, Saturday, October 1, 2011
Wonderful participation in spite of cool weather and rain. Thank you for your donations and visiting our booth.


Lt. Col. (R) Sherman L. Fleek on "MacArthur at West Point"
The Historical had a very special guest on September 21st at the Walden Municipal Building. Lt. Col. (R) Sherman L. Fleek,
author and command historian at West Point was our guest speaker. The talk was followed by a book signing of his
book, Place the Headstones Where they Belong. If you missed our event, you can still order his book at

Standing Room Only at Dave Lustig's Book Signing! Wednesday, August 17th.
Dave Lustig's new book, Capers and Cameos was a very big hit! And, Thank You, Dave! As former
Trustee of the Historical Society, Dave is graciously donate $5 from the sale of everycopy of his new book to our society!


Photos from our first 'Art on the Lawn' event, Sat., July 23rd
Be sure to see the paintings for our upcoming Silent Auction. If you missed them, they will be on
display again several times between now and the announcement of winning bids at Walden's Harvest Fest.



Photos from our Annual 'Picnic on the Porch'
Wed, July 20th

Guest Visit & Talk by Robert H. Score
on "The Ghost Whistle."

 Photos include a visit the next day to Walden's historic Col. Bradley Hose Fire Company # 2



The Annual Spring Tea, April 30th & May 1st, 2011



Local History Day 2011
Guest Speakers: Lisa Melville on her book, The Grace Murder Case, and Chief Jeff Holmes of the Walden Police Department. If you took photos at this event and would like to share them, we would love to add them to our slide show. 



 The Annual Christmas Tea, December 5, 2010


Local Historian, Joe Devine, presented
" Mastadons of Orange County,"
November 17, 2010



Veterans' Day 2010--A very Special Event!

Harvest Fest 2010
An interesting photo donated during the Harvest Fest 2010.
Three fire companies used to be housed at the Municipal Building
(photo approx 1946). Notice the beautiful brick 'herringbone'
pattern in the road between the monument and the building.


Annual Yard Sale, September 25, 2010


Mickey Millspaugh's Talk on History of Walden Water

Jordan Olhmer, Trustee and guest speaker Marcus Millspaugh, Trustee David Olhmer


Knife Industry in the Hudson Valley by Rich Langston,
May 19, 2010
  Thank you to Rich Langston for his great talk, displays--
and a gift to attending members of a Walden Map of 1905 Reprint!


Annual Spring Tea at the Jacob T. Walden House,
April 25, 2010



Tree Dedication Ceremony
Honoring Samuel B. Phelps, Jr.,
April 21, 2010


 Hudson River Steamboats, Robert Jordy Guest Speaker,
April 21, 2010



9th Annual Walden Local History Day, April 11, 2010
Program topic: Genealogy



 The 2009 Annual Christmas Tea -- December 5, 2009



Earlier Events and Guests

Guest Speaker and long time journalist, Chris Farlekas, November 18, 2009 held our audience spellbound with wonderful first-person stories of his meetings with some of the amazing people of our world from the Pope and Mother Theresa to Michael Jackson, to a local young fellow diagnosed with cancer. All incredible and moving! Thank you!


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Carl Aiello, Editor and Publisher of the Wallkill Valley Times was our Guest Speaker on the 21st of October.
His talk and slide show was on the history of our local area newspapers. Thank you, Carl--it was a wonderful presentation.

Other events:
Picnic on the Porch in July
Yard Sale in September
Walden Harvest Fest in October
and Other Guest Speakers visited during the summer and early Fall. If anyone has pictures they would like to contribute, please e-mail them to Thank you!


 Guest Speaker & Author, Vincent Dacquino, presented a rousing overview of his book Sybil Ludington: A Call to Arms


Photos of Local History Day 2009
Walden's 8th Annual Local History Day - March 29, 2009
Talk, Slide show and some of our research material resources



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