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Our website is a work-in-progress. We welcome your additions, photos, and suggestions. It is an all-volunteer project designed & launched in June 2007: www.thewaldenhouse.org
NEW-The Walden House Tattler Newsletter is now being issued for free and posted on our Website effective with the 2020 issues.
Joining the Society is easy and open to anyone interested in preserving local history. Membership is inexpensive and also makes a great gift, especially for friends or family no longer in the area. Use the membership link to apply. See a sample of our Newsletter on this page or o the Membership
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Welcome to the rich history of the Jacob T. Walden House located in Walden, Town of Montgomery, Orange County, NY (part of Ulster County until 1798).
The stone 230+ year former home of Jacob T. Walden, is now the home of the Historical Society of Walden and the Wallkill Valley. In addition owning and maintaining this beautiful old stone home, we also own & maintain the Shafer House Museum, located around the corner at 12 Wait Street. Both properties are open for tours on specific dates and meeting dates--or by appointment. As an all volunteer organization and no outside funding, we are the sole caretakers of the two properties as well as spending many hours on history research and maintaining our rich local history. As an all volunteer organization, including the Trustees who are voted in from the Volunteers, your interest and membership means everything to our ability to serve the community and preserve history. The Shafer House Museum is an over 100-year old home. The downstairs is occasionally used for meetings and special exhibits as larger ground floor space allows easier display space. Please consider suggesting Membership to friends, donate local historical items, and join the Society or give Memberships as gifts to reap the full benefits of our wonderful local museum and of being a member. We welcome your interest and invite you to our monthly guest speaker meetings which will resume in March or April. Look for a new Calendar of dates and events soon.
It is once again time to renew your 2024 membership in the Historical Society of the Walden and
As an all volunteer organization, we are continuing to raise money for maintenance and upkeep of the Walden House and Shafer House. In 2023, we received a generous offer and gift from MAX Home Improvement. They are donating a new roof for the Walden House, including all supplies and labor. We are anxiously waiting for this to begin. During a recent conversation with the Company they said they are very busy but looking for a spot/date to get our roof done. They already have the shingles. They are made of a fairly new product called Eco Star - which is a synthetic roofing product.
Even with the generosity of MAX Home Improvement, the Society has many general expenses – oil, insurance, snow removal, alarm, and electricity, to name a few. Our house insurance went up 19% this year. Our expenses are running about $10,00-$12,000 per year. We continue to brainstorm new fundraising ideas – and we are open to suggestions. We have 3 main goals this year:
Please be sure to renew your membership and participate in our Programs and Activities. We are once again publishing The Tattler. If you have not received a hard copy or a digital copy in 2023, please contact us, or download them from the website, thewaldenhouse.org. Check the website, Facebook, The Wallkill Valley Times and The Tattler for upcoming events.
On behalf of the Board of Trustees – Thank you for your continued support . Here is the link to our Membership Form (for New Memberships or Renewals)
~ Barbara Imbasciani, President
New Members are Always Welcome!
New Members are Always Welcome!
We are currently searching for one more Board Member who are voted into service from our active Volunteer Members. If you have interest, we would be interested in talking with you.
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