Celebrating Catskill Waters: Past and Present”  will be on exhibit at Morgan Outdoors

Sunday, May 29th through Sunday, July 10th.

You’re invited to an Opening Reception and a special presentation by John Conway on Sunday, May 29, 2016.

During the exhibition period, several additional presentations and hikes along headwaters are planned.

EXHIBITION DETAILS:  On loan from the Time and the Valleys Museum in Grahamsville, NY, the collaborative exhibition “Celebrating Catskill Waters: Past and Present” explores the enjoyment Catskill waters have brought to area residents and visitors through SWIMMING, FISHING and BOATING over the past 150 years.  More than 35 individuals, museums, historical societies and municipalities in Sullivan County joined together to create this exhibition, including the Sullivan County Historical Society, Catskill Fly Fishing Center and Museum, Catskill Watershed Corporation, Basket Historical Society of the Upper Delaware Valley, Sullivan County Historian John Conway, Debra Conway of The Delaware Company,  and the Upper Delaware Scenic and Recreational River, NPS.

Sunday, May 29 at 4:00pmSullivan County Historian, John Conway, kicks off the exhibition, examining the recreational uses of Catskill waters in his presentation “Rivers and Lakes and Streams, Oh My! The History of Recreational Water Use in Sullivan County.” Sullivan County’s rivers and lakes and streams have been a critical component in the history of tourism here, every bit as important as the comedians and basketball players in building what became for many years the greatest tourism destination in the country.  In fact, as tourism became the area’s number one industry, many of the ponds that had been utilized, and in some cases, even created, for industrial purposes, became lakes overnight.  Pike Pond became Kenoza Lake, Long Pond became Tennanah Lake, Pleasant Pond became Kiamesha Lake, and so on, all in an attempt to better compete for the tourism dollar.

Following Conway’s presentation, at approximately 5:00pm, the public is invited to an Opening Reception for the exhibition, hosted by the Time and the Valleys Museum and Morgan Outdoors.

RESERVE A SEAT for John Conway’s presentation by calling Morgan Outdoors at 845 439 5507.

RSVPs for the Opening Reception are appreciated at the same phone number.

For more information about the Time and the Valleys Museum call 845 985-7700 or check their website.


Upcoming Events during the exhibition:


Saturday, June 11, noon to 3 p.m.

Book signing by Ed Van Put, author of The Beaverkill, updated and revised

Stay for the Trout Parade – 1 p.m. to 2 p.m.


Thursday, June 23, 7 p.m.

Talk by Adam Bosch, NYC DEP on boating and fishing on NYC DEP reservoirs

and new trails on city-owned Catskill land


Tuesday, June 28, 1 p.m.

Hike Along the Headwaters with Lisa Lyons

Little Beaverkill, Parksville, NY


Sunday, July 3, 3 p.m.

Talk and book signing by Diane Galusha, author of Liquid Assets, a newly-revised book on New York City’s water supply system


Sunday, July 10, 1 p.m.

Hike Along Headwaters with Lisa Lyons

Mongaup Creek, Livingston Manor, NY