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Senator Seward Secures Grant for Middletown Historical Society’s Future

By Rosie Cunningham


Historical Society of the town of Middletown President Diane Galusha discusses the future of the project with Senator James L. Seward. Rosie Cunningham/The Reporter Historical Society of the town of Middletown President Diane Galusha discusses the future of the project with Senator James L. Seward. Rosie Cunningham/The Reporter MIDDLETOWN - “We must honor the past to look towards the future,” said State Senator James L. Seward.

The Historical Society of the town of Middletown (HSM) has received a $50,000 state grant to establish an improved location and “home” at the Middletown History Center. On Sept. 5, Senator Seward joined officials from the HSM to announce a $50,000 state grant to help fund development of the Middletown History Center. The total cost of the project is slated to be approximately $350,000. The $50,000 is under the State and Municipal Facilities (SAM) capital program and is administered by the Dormitory

Authority of the State of New York (DASNY).

“The Historical Society of the Town of Middletown is making major strides to preserve the town’s past and showcase local history for future generations to enjoy,” said Senator Seward, who belongs to his historical society in Milford. “I am extremely pleased to partner with the historical society to further enhance the work which is taking place to establish a functioning archive and research center. This $50,000 state grant is an investment that will help the history center grow, create a new community gathering place, and allow more people to learn about Middletown’s storied past.”


Senator James L. Seward announces a $50,000 state grant to help fund development of the Middletown History Center. From left, Senator Seward, Historical Society of the Town of Middletown (HSM) President Diane Galusha, town of Middletown Supervisor Patrick Davis, village of Margaretville Mayor Diana Cope and village of Fleischmanns Mayor Donald Kearney. Rosie Cunningham/The Reporter Senator James L. Seward announces a $50,000 state grant to help fund development of the Middletown History Center. From left, Senator Seward, Historical Society of the Town of Middletown (HSM) President Diane Galusha, town of Middletown Supervisor Patrick Davis, village of Margaretville Mayor Diana Cope and village of Fleischmanns Mayor Donald Kearney. Rosie Cunningham/The Reporter HSM President Diane Galu-sha said she could not be more pleased with the securing of the funds and thanked Senator Seward for his efforts, not just with the HSM but with his involvement in the town of Middletown and surrounding area. She said prior to the ceremony that the HSM was created in 2004 and later, she said the organization is headquartered at 778 Cemetery Road, Margaretville, in a building that originally served as the clubhouse of the Izaak Walton League, a sporting/ conservation organization, and later the home of the New Kingston Valley Grange. Historical items donated to or acquired by the society have been stored at the Middletown Town Hall, but the collection has outgrown the allotted space.

Galusha said upgrades have been made to the hall and the HSM has designed a 1,600 square foot, year-round addition that will include: Archives storage and workspace, reading/ multipurpose room, exhibit space, office/lobby and ADA compliant rest rooms.

Middletown Supervisor Patrick Davis thanked Senator Seward as well and said that he is a staunch supporter of preserving local history and said the Middletown area has deep historical roots.

“I am a firm believer in honoring our history,” he said. “I remember being young and my mother would work for hours on the family tree and she did it for our future. There is no future without remembering the past. This is why I am so intent of preserving our history locally - particularly our land and I fight against land acquisition because when we give up our land, we give up a part of our history and our future.”

Seward added that he is thrilled and excited to see what the future has in store for the center.

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