Society of Walden
and the Wallkill Valley
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Photos & Info from our recent events... Updated 11-5-17
Join us on November 4th
1-4 PM House Tours at the Jacob T. Walden House.
2PM, Mickey Millspaugh's presentation of "The Black Hand Murder."
Our First OFFSITE Meeting this year will be on Saturday, April 15th
Thank You Wallkill VFW Coalition!
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..
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: http://www.pokemongo.com
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,
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
based on her research and book
with co-author, Bob Larsen,
An Unforgiving Land.
Robi generously donated proceeds from book sales
of the evening
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,
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
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.
Local History Day 2014,
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
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
And view the Early Photos-Walden Textile slide show as a PDF file
our Annual Christmas Tea,
December 2, 2012, 2PM
Thank you to
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
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,
Annual Picnic on the
Porch, July 18,
In spite of record heat and threat of severe storms--we had
cool picnic with a lovely breeze and no rain at
you to Ms. Rosemarie Werkman for a full house program on
her book, Love, War and Remembrance, at the Walden
June 20, 2012.
former Orange County Poet Laureate, talked about
and signed books following the program.
Saturday, June 16th, the Historical Society had the
pleasure of meeting very special guests-- Rev. John and
Marion Walden from Norwich,
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.
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
scones (from Sue's Sweet Sensations Bakery, of course)
Our Thank You to
Fr. Joseph P. Fallon, for hosting our Society and
delivering his talk,
"History of Most Precious Blood
May 16, 2012
Enjoy a slide
show from our Annual Spring
April 29th, 2012
you to Walden Police Chief, Jeffry Holmes for a
fascinating talk on the history
of the Walden Police Department.
April 18, 2012
to David C. Lustig, Jr. and Marcus
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
~ 2011 ~
Annual Christmas Tea...
Sunday-Dec. 4th, Open House at the Walden
the Walden Fire Department...
Thank you to
Lt. George Brown of the Walden Fire Department, Orange
Enjoy photo highlights from the Oct.19th
talk on the History of the Walden Fire Department.
to Trustee Lisa Melville and our Historical
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
slideshow of paintings and art in our Silent
of the work begun during our "Art on the Lawn" event.
Winning bids were determined at
Harvest Fest on October
Winning bids will be posted shortly...
Harvest Fest, Saturday, October 1, 2011
participation in spite of cool weather and rain. Thank
you for your donations and visiting our
(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,
and command historian at West Point was our guest
speaker. The talk was followed
by a book signing
book, Place the Headstones Where they Belong. If
you missed our event, you can still order his book at
Room Only at Dave Lustig's Book Signing!
Dave Lustig's new book, Capers and Cameos was a
very big hit! And, Thank You, Dave! As former
of the Historical Society, Dave is graciously donate $5
from the sale of everycopy of his new book to our
our first 'Art on the Lawn' event, Sat., July 23rd
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.
our Annual 'Picnic on the Porch'
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
Spring Tea, April 30th & May 1st,
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
Annual Christmas Tea, December 5, 2010
Historian, Joe Devine, presented
Mastadons of Orange
County," November 17,
Veterans' Day 2010--A very Special Event!
photo donated during the Harvest Fest 2010.
Three fire companies used to be housed at the
(photo approx 1946).
Notice the beautiful brick 'herringbone'
the road between the monument and
Sale, September 25, 2010
Millspaugh's Talk on History of Walden
Jordan Olhmer, Trustee and guest speaker Marcus
Millspaugh, Trustee David Olhmer
in the Hudson Valley by Rich Langston,
May 19, 2010
Thank you to Rich Langston for his great talk,
and a gift to attending members of a Walden Map
of 1905 Reprint!
Tea at the Jacob T. Walden House,
April 25, 2010
Honoring Samuel B. Phelps, Jr., April 21, 2010
River Steamboats, Robert Jordy Guest Speaker,
April 21, 2010
Walden Local History Day, April 11, 2010
Program topic: Genealogy
Annual Christmas Tea -- December 5,
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!
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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
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
firstname.lastname@example.org Thank you!
Guest Speaker &
Author, Vincent Dacquino, presented a rousing
overview of his book Sybil Ludington: A Call to
Local History Day 2009
8th Annual Local History Day - March 29, 2009
Slide show and some of our research material
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photos of earlier events at this
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