The Klyne Esopus Museum, located in Ulster Park, New York, is housed in a former Dutch country church built in 1827. The museum offers a variety of exhibits about the culture, commerce and history of The Town of Esopus.
ABOUT THE MUSEUM
Klyne Esopus Historical Society
2009 BOARD OF TRUSTEES
|(The President and Vice-Presidents serve for a two-year term and may be nominated for up to three consecutive terms. Treasurer and Secretaries serve for 2-year terms with no term limits.)|
|President||Leslie Seff||1st Term ends Dec. 2010|
|1st Vice-President||Alexander F. Contini||1st Term ends Dec. 2010|
|2nd Vice-President||Vivian Wadlin||3rd Term ends Dec. 2010|
|Treasurer||Susan Ragusa||1st Term ends Dec. 2010|
|Corresponding Secretary||Catherine Quick||1st Term ends Dec. 2010|
|Recording Secretary||Rosane Balistreri||2nd Term ends Dec. 2010|
|(Trustees serve for a two-year term-no term limits)|
|Barbara Barton||3rd Term expires Dec. 2010|
|Norman Bohan||3rd Term expires Dec. 2010|
|Chris Mabie||3rd Term expires Dec. 2010|
|Elizabeth Shanley||3rd Term expires Dec. 2010|
|Gloria Van Vliet||3rd Term expires Dec. 2010|
|Debbie Silvestro||2nd Term expires Dec. 2010|
|Herb Wilcox||2nd Term expires Dec. 2010|
|Joanne Steele||2nd Term expires Dec. 2009|
2nd Term expires Dec. 2010
|Anne Gordon||1st Term expires Dec. 2010|
|Jon Herring||1st Term expires Dec. 2010|
|Carl Belfiglio||1st Term expires Dec. 2010|
THE 2009 NOMINATING COMMITTEE
|(Members of the Nominating Committee serve for one term only and cannot be nominated the following year.)|
|Gloria Van Vliet||Term expires Dec. 2009|
|Marie Kelekian||Term expires Dec. 2009|
|David Brechter||Term expires Dec. 2009|
|Gil Krom||Term expires Dec. 2009|
The Making of the Klyne Esopus Museum Timeline
The Making of the Klyne Esopus Historical Society Museum (1969 - 1993)
|1965||The Ulster Park Reformed Church closes after 138 years. Marion Sahler strongly objects to the plan by the Mid-Hudson Classis of the Reformed Church to raze the historic building.|
Ruth Ford researches the history of the congregation and building. She and Edwin Ford call a meeting at the town hall to save the building. The Ulster Park Church Historic Committee is formed.
An organization meeting is held at the home of Marion Sahler. The committee title is changed to the Klyne Esopus Historic Preservation Committee.
The Mid-Hudson Classis agrees to give the church property to the Preservation Committee if they incorporate.
The committee name is change to the Town of Esopus Historical Society.
The Town of Esopus declares the church building a historic site.
Incorporation papers are prepared for the Klyne Esopus Preservation Historic Committee.
|1972||The group is incorporated after two years of work.|
New York State returns the incorporation papers as flawed. They are rewritten.
The deed to the property is received and presented to Marion Sahler.
|1975||The first Board of Trustees is elected.|
|1976||IBM provides the first grant to replace the roof.|
|1977||The church building is declared a historic site by the Ulster County Historic Site Commission and the Ulster County Legislature. The organization's name changes to the Klyne Esopus Historical Society.|
|1978||Membership in the society increases from 15 to 51.|
|1979||500 letters are mailed for the first fund drive. $1,000.00 is raised.|
|1981||Work begins on incorporation under the New York State Board of Regents as a "museum." The name is changed to the Klyne Esopus Historical Society Museum.|
|1983||Sales tax exemption received.|
|1984||Provisional Charter as a museum is received from New York State.|
|1986||Renovations on the building are completed using funds raised by the Society and grants from IBM, New York State and the Heritage Task Force.|
|May 17, 1986||The Klyne Esopus Historical Society Museum has its Grand Opening ceremony.|
|Sep. 8, 1986||New by-laws and a Museum Policy are written by the Board of Trustees.|
|Nov. 21, 1986|
Absolute Charter awarded to the Museum by the New York State Board of Regents.
Society has 350 members.
|Nov. 2002||The membership approves major revisions to the by-laws. While retaining its official name, the Klyne Esopus Historical Society Museum, the museum begins doing business as the Klyne Esopus Museum.|
A terrace is constructed in front of the museum funded by subscriptions to Legacy Bricks.
Melinda Terpening, Vivian Wadlin and Mary Brechter completely redo the Museum's exhibits in accordance with professional museum guidelines.
Boy Scouts renovate the restroom and paint the storage buildings.
First Recognition Dinner honors museum founders.
The 100th Anniversary of Esopus resident Alton B. Parker's presidential candidacy is celebrated. A major exhibit is mounted at the Museum and a play is produced by the Parker Elementary School from Cortland, NY . Parker was born in Cortland.
Additional land is purchased for parking and a picnic grove.
|2005||Esopus Goes to War, 1941 - 1945 the 2005 exhibit remembers the sacrifices Esopus made in defense of freedom.|
Presidents of the Klyne Esopus Museum
The Making of the Klyne Esopus Historical Society Museum (1960 - 1993)
|October 24, 1969 to June 30, 1975||Marion Sahler|
|July 1, 1975 to June 30, 1977||Roger Mabie|
|July 1, 1977 to December 31, 1979||Daniel Terpening|
|January 1, 1980 to December 31, 1980||Anna Cole|
|Note: From this point on, terms were two years served from January 1st of the first year to December 31st of the second year. Term limits were three consecutive terms.|
|1981 to 1982||Mary Polhemus|
|1983 to 1988||Norman Bohan|
|1989||Paul Huth (Resigned when he took over the Mohonk Trust)|
|1990||Donald Herring (Completed the term of Paul Huth)|
|1991 to 1994||Raymond Monfette|
|1995 to 1996||Susan Leahy (Resigned due to change in job)|
|1997 to 1998||Raymond Monfette (Completed the term of Susan Leahy)|
|1999 to 2002||Karl R. Wick (Removed from office by the Membership)|
|2002||Vivian Wadlin (Completed the term of Karl R. Wick)|
|2003 to Present||Alexander F. Contini|