SULLIVAN COUNTY HISTORICAL SOCIETY
HISTORY MAKER AND HISTORY PRESERVER AWARDS
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Sullivan County Historical Society History Preserver Award 2011
Allan Wayne DampmanAllan Dampman, a modest and gentle man, is a person of ideas with an imaginative, common sense mind, followed by a resolve and patience in pursuing whatever goal he sets. The choice by the Sullivan County Historical Society of Allan as this year's History Preserver reflects not only the important work that he has performed for the Society and his involvement in commemorating the Revolutionary War battle above Minisink Ford, but also his long tenure of involvement within the whole county community and the significance his contributions have made.
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Sullivan County Historical Society History Maker Award 2010
Sullivan County Veterans
The History Maker Award is given to a person who has had a significant and positive influence on the life of Sullivan County, or, more broadly, on the life of the nation or world. By extension, that includes any group of people with a common bond fitting the criteria for the award.
The groups of people who have made important history in our county are the legion of men and women who have served in our armed forces. These citizens in uniform have made this country a haven for those seeking freedom and liberty. They have created a safe community by their unselfish dedication to duty and through their courage and sacrifice, have enabled us to realize our historical destiny.
The Sullivan County Historical Society is honored to present the 2010 History Maker Award to all those Sullivan County Veterans who have served our country.
Last Updated (Thursday, 11 August 2011 04:43)
Sullivan County Historical Society History Preserver Award 2010
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Sullivan County Historical Society History Preserver Award 2009
Edward Van Put
AuthorSome of us are fortunate enough to discover at an early age those chief interests that will form our lives. Edward Van Put remembers the influence that a commonplace event had on his life when he was twelve years old. His uncle took him fly fishing and Ed found the experience so fascinating that he soon became “hooked” on trout streams. At an early age he had met his life work.
With a little experience he learned that the finest trout fishing was to be found here in Sullivan County and whenever a weekend was available, he would leave his home in northern New Jersey to come up to the Catskills to be close to streams such as the Beaverkill and Willowemoc. At first his fishing days were limited, but finally in 1965 he moved up to Livingston Manor. In order to support himself he worked for several years in Sullivan’s Department Store in Liberty but, unfortunately, learned that a busy place like Sullivan’s did not leave much time for fishing. The result was that he decided to follow his inner feelings and seek a job more closely related to the world of trout fishing. Despite stiff competition he passed a state examination and accepted a position with New York’s Department of Environmental Conservation.
Last Updated (Friday, 12 August 2011 04:28)
Sullivan County Historical Society History Maker Award 2008
The Kutsher Family
It has become commonplace to read in a newspaper that a Sullivan County resident has recently observed his or her 100th birthday. However, such longevity is not common among the local hotels. In fact, when in 2007 the Kutsher’s Country Club celebrated its 100th birthday, it was the only survivor of the many famous resorts which at one time formed the Golden Age of the Catskill hotels. Over a full century, three generations of Kutshers managed to survive two world wars, a great depression, recessions and the advent of inexpensive air travel, air conditioning and changing vacation patterns-to name a few of the challenges they have faced. Out of respect for their century-long commitment to the Catskill resort industry, the Kutsher family has been chosen to receive the 2008 History Maker Award.
Last Updated (Thursday, 11 August 2011 04:42)