Historical Society of Shawangunk & Gardiner

2017  Programs and Society Information

Most meetings will be held in the Town Hall Community Room at 14 Central Ave, Wallkill, NY

Free to all - Light Refreshments Served

2017 Spring Programs

Wednesday April 5, 2017  at 7 PM

Location: Shawangunk Town Hall

Program: History of NY Covered Bridges  

New York State, at one time was home to over 300 covered bridges. Many which crossed major rivers like the Mohawk, Delaware, and the Hudson. Many more crossed streams, creeks, and brooks.

Donna Freeland of the New York Covered Bridge Society will explore the construction of bridges of early American life made of wood and the abundance of wood, the speed at which a wooden bridge could be constructed and the availability of a local labor force to construct them. This made wooden bridge building the preferred choice of bridge building in America from the Colonial era until the 1860’s. Since most of the rural road building during the mid 19th century was the responsibility of town governments, they in turn relied heavily on the local expertise and resources. Most early wood truss bridges were simple Kingpost or Queenpost trusses, which were easy to fabricate and erect, and could be used for crossings up to around 50 feet in length.

Historical Society of Shawangunk & Gardiner

Program May 3, 2017 7 PM
Community Room, Town Hall
14 Central Avenue, Hamlet of Wallkill

Echoes of the First World War
Learn how the Town of Shawangunk participated in the First World War. The presenter is Wallkill Public Library's very own archivist and historian Matthew Thorenz. He will use letters, service records, and images from the New York State and National Archives to provide eyewitness accounts of the impact the Great War had on the Town of Shawangunk and its residents. Hear stories of the men and women who lived through the "War to End All Wars".

Open to all – Free
Light refreshments served

Harold Van Aken

Wednesday June 7, 2017  6 PM to 8 PM

Location: Andries DuBois House  75 Wallkill Avenue  Wallkill NY 12589

Annual June picnic on the lawn of the Andries DuBois House in Wallkill

Tours of the 1759 Historic House

Bring a covered dish to share.

Drinks, plates & eating utensils Supplied

Historical Society of Shawangunk & Gardiner

Faerie House Workshop

Saturday July 1st – 9 am to 1 pm

Location: Shawangunk Town Hall Community Room
14 Central Ave, Wallkill, NY

Supplies provided or bring your own to build your own Faerie House to take home

Bring your lunch if you want

Limited to 10 people - $30

Call Freda Fenn for sign up at 845-895-3986

Saturday July 16, 2017 at 9:45 AM


Location: 240 Main Street, Goshen, New York 10924

Harness Racing Museum and Hall of Fame Tour

Meet at Museum between 9:45 and 9:50 am.
240 Main Street, Goshen, New York 10924
It is approximately a 35 – 40-minute drive from the center of the Wallkill Hamlet to the museum.
You can park behind the museum building or on the street, though be sure to fill the parking meters.
Generally, there are horses that are exercising on the track in the mornings.
You can come earlier to watch the horses if you would like.
The guided tour begins at 10 am and lasts until 12 noon.
Immediately after the tour, we will have a luncheon at the museum.

 Tickets are limited and must be purchased in advance (by July 8, 2017), $25 per person – includes tour and luncheon

If you need wheelchair accessibility, please let me know when you reserve your ticket.

Contact: Donna Myer 845-851-8105 or donna.myer@yahoo.com


Summer and Fall Programs and Events

Wednesday September 6, 2017 at 7 PM 

Historical Society of Shawangunk & Gardiner

Meeting and Presentation 

Location: DuBois House

75 Wallkill Avenue 

Slide show on the Elmendorph Inn in Red Hook restoration and
how our restoration of the DuBois House is following the same path. 


Light Refreshments - Free and open to all 

Contact: Harold Van Aken  845-895-3321

Wednesday October 4, 2017 at 7 PM

Location: TBD

Program: TBD


Sip and Paint with Artist Lana!

Benefit for

Historical Society of Shawangunk and Gardiner


Date: Saturday, October 21, 2017

Time: 3:00 PM - 5:00 PM EDT


Wallkill River Art School

232 Ward St
Montgomery, NY


Paint this fun watercolor and learn watercolor basics like masking, splatter painting and color mixing!
Lana makes it easy to paint and teaches you watercolor basics!
All materials are supplied including paints, boards, aprons, cookies etc.

Take home a beautiful finished work after class!
$40 per person
Preregister only!

Donna Myer


Historical Society of Shawangunk & Gardiner Fall Event



Date: Wednesday November 1, 2017 at 7 PM

Organization: Historical Society of Shawangunk and Gardiner

Location:  Knights of Pythias Building– 4 Main Street, Wallkill NY 12589

Presentation: The history of the founding of the Walden Woman's Club in 1909 and the Village of Walden


·         In the early years of the 20th century, a group of women started a service organization in the Village of Walden that exists to this day.  A Federated Woman's Club, the Walden Woman's Club, continues to address issues in support of children and families, community improvement, health and welfare, and cultural enrichment that formed the basis of the founding of the club in 1909.

·         Open to all – Free - Refreshments

·         Contact: Donna Myer 845-851-8105 or donna.myer@yahoo.com





Saturday November 4, 2017  at 2 - 4 PM

Location: Shawangunk Town Hall Community Room

Program: Benefit TEA

Details at a later date

For tickets ($20) contact Freda Fenn, 845-895-3986 or Carolyn Crowell, 845-895-3933

Wednesday December 6, 2017  at 6 PM

Location: DuBois House at 75 Wallkill Avenue in Wallkill

Program: Christmas Pot Luck Party

  • Wine, Cheese and finger foods
  • Bring your favorite dish to share
  • Utensils, plates etc. provided
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