A collection of published materials related to the history of the Town of Shawangunk and its institutions.
In order to accommodate for staff availability and prepare non-circulating items for use, the collection can be accessed after an appointment has been made at least 48 hours in advance; walk-ins are taken on a case basis. Users are asked to place bulky items; bags, back-packs etc. , underneath the reading table to prevent damage to materials. Pens, markers and other permanent writing devices are prohibited. However, number 2 pencils, notepads, laptops and tablets are allowed for note taking. As per library policy, no food or beverages are permitted.
The Purpose of the Local History Collection is to collect, preserve and make accessible published materials related to the history of the Hudson Valley and Ulster County; with an emphasis on the Town of Shawangunk, New York. The Collection is open to students, researchers and the general public. Although the majority of our items can be loaned, portions of our collection are closed to circulation and can be accessed by visiting the library in person.
The Great Hudson River Brick Industry
Call Number: LOH 338.4 Hut
Publication Date: 2003-10-01
At the beginning of the 20th century, the valley was the world's largest brickmaking region with 130 yards employing 7-8,000 workers. The history of this once dominate industry is told for the first time.
Murder and Mayhem in Ulster County
Call Number: 974.734 SCH
Publication Date: 2013-08-13
In1870, the New York Herald proclaimedthat Ulster County was New York’s “Ulcer County” due to its lawlessness andcrime. The columnist supported his claim by citing that in only six months, “ithas been the scene of no less than four cold blooded and brutal murders, sixsuicides and four elopements.” Hannah Markle—the bane of the Woman’s ChristianTemperance Union—ran a Kingston saloon where murder and violence were servedalongside the whiskey. John Babbitt confessed on his deathbed to murdering EmmaBrooks, and Willie Brown—reputed member of the Eastman Gang—accidentally shothis best friend. The infamous Big Bad Bill, the “Gardiner Desperado,” lashedout more than once and killed in a drunken rage. Discover the mayhem and murderthat these and others wreaked on one of New York State’s original counties.
A History of the Wallkill Central Schools
Call Number: 974.734 SCH
Publication Date: 2013-07-23
When the Borden family arrived in the nineteenthcentury, educational opportunities in Ulster County were limited; classes rarelyextended beyond the eighth grade. This changed when the philanthropic Bordensestablished their Borden Condensed Milk Companyand gave Wallkill the means to construct one of the area’s first high schools. In1938, Central School District No. 1—incorporating the towns of Shawangunk,Plattekill, Gardiner, Marlborough, Newburgh and Montgomery—was formed afterresidents voted to consolidate the John G. Borden High School with surroundingone- and two-room schoolhouses. Although those early schoolhouses are now longgone, the proud tradition of education and service carries on in theLeptondale, Clare F. Ostrander and Plattekill Elementary Schools; the John G.Borden Middle School; and the Wallkill Senior High School. Local educators A.J.Schenkman and Elizabeth Werlau explore Wallkill Central School District’sseventy-five years of educational excellence.