The Town of Bethlehem Historical Association
P.O. Box 263
1003 River Road
Selkirk, NY 12158
Regular meetings are held on the third Thursday of the month at 7:00 P.M., September through May, except January and February, 2 pm. In July and August, the Cedar Hill Schoolhouse Museum is open Sunday afternoons from 2-4 pm. The museum is open before and after meetings and can be visited by appointment.
“people of the waters that are never still"
During our regular monthly meeting Bethlehem resident Emerson Martin, Jr. will frame his talk about his ancestors, the Mohicans, with a series of questions. Who are we? Where are we from? What are we doing here? What did we do? Are we still here? Martin is a sanctioned Mohican Veteran with Native American ancestry on both his grandmother and grandfather’s sides of the family.
The meeting takes place on Thursday October 16 at 7 PM at the Cedar Hill Schoolhouse Museum, 1003 River Road, Selkirk. Come early for a look at the museum displays and stay late for refreshments. Free and open to the public.
Next up on Saturday October 11, 2014 is Slingerlands. We meet at the Firefighters Memorial Park next door to the Slingerlands Fire Dept. on New Scotland Road.
Click the History Hikes button at left for a complete listing of hikes and registration info. Please note that you must pre-register for these hikes through the Bethlehem Parks and Recreation Department.
Cancellations will be posted here by 8 AM hike day.
Questions? Email town historian Susan Leath, email@example.com
Our first regular meeting of the new program year features Denis Foley speaking about the notorious prohibition era gangster Jack "Leggs" Diamond. Diamond's attorney Dan Prior lived across the street from the Cedar Hill Schoolhouse. The meeting is Thursday September 18, 2014, 7 pm at the Cedar Hill Schoolhouse, 1003 River Road, Selkirk. Free and open to the public.
NOTE: The complete listing of 2014-2015 programs can be found by clicking the Events & Activities button on the left.
We had a great time this summer sharing Bethlehem history with our visitors!
Join us for our regular meeting on Thursday April 24 at 7 PM for a talk by noted local author Paul Grondahl about the Corning Estate. The meeting is at the Cedar Hill Schoolhouse, 1003 River Road, Selkirk, and is free and open to the public.
THANK YOU FOR A SUCCESSFUL DAY
WE PLAN TO DO IT AGAIN NEXT YEAR!
April 12, 2014
from 10-2 at Bethlehem's Town Hall.
Featured appraisers are:
Dennis Holzman: Rare and out of print books, autographs, photographs, prints, fine art decorative accessories, Americana.
Mark Lawson: Estate jewelry, paintings, fine decorative arts, rare collectibles.
Dr. Galen Ritchie: Coins and stamps.
Ann Vandervort: Dolls & accessories, old glass.
Admission is free, however appraisals are three items for $10 or one for $5. This is a fundraising event to support the mission of the Bethlehem Historical Association.
For your enjoyment while you wait, BHA members will be sharing their personal collections. Rob Hailey will "help us appreciate the lives of our ancestors through strange and wonderful things." Ritchie will display his Lincoln penny collection, VanDervort will share her antique dolls and Art Young will display a collection of stamps.
Come and find out about your mystery treasures!
The museum will be open Sundays in February from 2-4 in the afternoon.
Exhibits highlight our town's history and we are pleased to feature
Farming in Bethlehem.
As always a visit to the museum at the Cedar Hill Schoolhouse is free. Families are welcome and we are featuring a Please Touch Table. The dates are Feb. 2, 9, 16 & 23.
Presenting at our regular meeting on Thursday February Feb. 20 at 2 PM are Dr. & Mrs. Stuart C. Lyman speaking about Working With Farm Animals. You might be familiar with their farm on Meads Lane.
Instead of a regular meeting at the schoolhouse, we are trying something new in January - a trip to Schuyler Mansion. The date is January 16, 2014, 2 pm.
About 25 of us visited Schuyler Mansion yesterday. Going on a "field trip" was a nice change of pace.
Click here for more info about the Mansion
Please join us for our annual Silver Tea this Sunday and Monday. Drop in between 1 and 4 PM and enjoy the decorations and savor the treats. All welcome. Free and open to the public.
Randy Bushart and David Hamilton tell us about the Selkirk Yards and Nearby Railroads on Thursday, November 21, 2013, 7 pm at the Cedar Hill Schoolhouse.
The program is free and open to the public.
Thank you for a great History Hike season. We'll be back in 2014!
Town Historian Susan Leath makes a point during November's history hike in Delmar.
Five Rivers, the History of a Special Place is the topic for our next meeting on Thursday October 17, 2013, 7 pm at the Schoolhouse. Presenter is Co-author Rose Ann Fogarty.
Wood Duck Marsh courtesy of http://www.dec.ny.gov/education/1835.html
It is here! Click on the Events and Activites button at left to make the jump for the complete listing.
PLEASE NOTE THE TIME CHANGE FOR THE MEETING - 7:00 PM except in January and February.
We'll be open June 23rd for our summer exhibit from 2-4 pm. Come join us for a relaxing afternoon listening to the "Rural Felicity" singers and of course a dish of ice cream compliments of Stewart's Shops. The center of the museum will be transformed into a park like setting that will showcase our newly acquired clothing from the 1890s. We look forward to an interesting and colorful summer exhibit.
Our annual meeting this year is May 16, 2013, 7:30pm at the schoolhouse. Officers for the year 2013-14 will be elected. We'll also enjoy a program by John Anson called "Fire Engines, Mastodaon and Batteau: My Career at the New York State Museum." Join us! Free and open to the public.
Matthew J. Kirk will enlighten us about the deeds of Captain Stewart Dean during and after the American Revolution. Thursday April 18, 2013, 7:30 PM at the Cedar Hill Schoolhouse. Free and Open to the public.
(Thank you New York State Museum for the picture of Dean.)
"Sparks from the Captial Fire of 1911" is the title of Stuart Lehman's talk scheduled for 7:30 pm Thursday March 21, 2013. Join us! Free and open to the public.
(Thank you New York State Library for the photo.)
Join us on Thursday, February 21, 2013 at 2:00 pm to hear Judge W. Dennis Dugan's talk "Lincoln in Albany: The Strange, Twisted and Mysterious Connections Between NY's Capital, Ford's Theater and Garrett's Farm."
The Cedar Hill Schoolhouse Museum will be open Sunday afternoons from 2 to 4 PM on February 3, 10, 17 and 24, 2013. Bring the family. Admission is always free. Featuring our winter exhibits: Toys from the Attic and Ice Harvesting on the Hudson plus a "touch table" where you can examine old and new objects.
Karen and Kathleen with the Please Touch Table.
Ice harvesting tools.
The schoolhouse was built in 1859 as a one room school for District No. 1. In 1907 it was redesigned by Marcus Reynolds into the present two room configuration. Indoor plumbing and electricity were added. The building was used as a school through 1962. In 1965, the Bethlehem Historical Association was chartered and the museum opened.
Town historian and BHA member Susan Leath has learned more information about the Winne family photo on the cover of her new book Bethlehem. The women across the front are, from left to right, Alice, Nancy, May, Ida and Adeline. All have the last name Winne. In the rear on left is Esley Winne, father of John (on the horse), Nancy and May. The three young men on the right are, from left to right, Amos, Aaron and Jessie, possibly step sons of Esley. Esley’s family home still stands near the former Winne Lane (now Village Drive). It currently has a Carriage Road address.
Bethlehem is on sale now at the Bethlehem Town Clerk’s office, I Love Books, Tattered Pages and other local and online retailers.