Cairo Historical Society
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The Cairo Historical Society is dedicated to preserving the Town of Cairo's rich historical past and providing opportunities for the public to learn about their heritage. The Cairo Historical Society was founded in 2007 with 10 enthusiastic members.
Current Board of Directors: John Kargoe, President; John
Gallagher, Treasurer; Sylvia Hasenkopf, Vice President and Secretary, Hillary
Higgins, Vice President.
Trustees: Robert Hempstead, Linda Larsen, John Kargoe, Ann Clapper, Ron Hasenkopf, Gail Kargoe, Robert Uzzilia
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The Cairo Historical Society invites you to join us and help support historical programs and preservation efforts. Your membership contribution is tax deductible:
Member - $20
Family (2 or more residing at the same address) - $25
Sponsor - $100 - $249
Benefactor - $250+
Send your cheque to:
Cairo Historical Society
P.O. Box 803
Membership dues application
We thank you for your generous support!
The Cairo Historical Society will hold their monthly meeting on the third Thursday of each month at 7:00pm at the Cairo Public Library in the Community Room, unless otherwise posted.
The monthly meeting dates for 2013 are as follows:
Everyone is welcome! Meetings are used to discuss new projects, updates on existing projects and present new items of interest. This is a great opportunity to learn more about the Town of Cairo and its rich history.
Minutes of Meetings:
Do you want to know what we discuss and the status of projects underway? Check back here on a monthly basis. Meeting minutes will be posted for everyone to review.
Cairo Cemetery project - Phase 4 - Digitize Cairo Cemetery - Project Leader Sylvia Hasenkopf
Cairo Schoolhouse Project - Phase 3 - Project Team Sylvia Hasenkopf and Robert Uzzilia
Cairo Mountain RR Section - Project Leader Robert Uzzilia
Susquehannah Turnpike Marker Enclosure - Project Leader Robert Uzzilia
Publish the book - The Civil War Letters of Eseck G. Wilbur - Project Leader - Sylvia Hasenkopf
Erect One Historical Marker - Project Leader - Sylvia Hasenkopf
Complete remediation of the one abandoned cemetery in the Town of Cairo - Project Leader - Sylvia Hasenkopf
Launch Cairo Hometown Heroes Banner Program - Project Leader - Sylvia Hasenkopf
Launch the Cairo Family Tree Program - Project Leader - Sylvia Hasenkopf
Complete Phase 1 (Design and permitting) of the Cairo HQ Project and begin Phase 2 (Construction) - Project Lead - Sylvia Hasenkopf
Begin work on new book on the Boarding Houses of the Town of Cairo - Project Leader - Sylvia Hasenkopf
2013 Calendar of Events:
State of the Union Dinner
Masonic Hall, Main St. Cairo
4:30pm to 7:30pm
Tickets are $18pp and $10 for children 10 and under
Choice roast beef or ham, with homemade mashed potatoes, gravy, silvered almond green beans, honey glazed carrots, salad, roll, slice of pie, coffee, tea or soda
Historical Society Annual Meeting
April 18, 2013
7:00pm, Cairo Public Library, Railroad Ave, Cairo, NY
May 5, 2013
3:00pm, Gallagher's Banquet Hall, 513 Main St., Cairo, NY
Under the direction of Ann Clapper, the Coxsackie-Athens Band will play "A Tribute to the American March"
This event is sponsored by the Cairo Historical Society.
Temperance & TommyGuns, a 1920's
June 15, 2013
11am to 6pm, Main St. Cairo, NY
Join us and celebrate the simplicity of the 1920's. This down home street festival is all about having a good time. Vendors will sell their home made or homegrown products. There will be live entertainment reflecting the multicultural community of Cairo. Plenty of things to do for the kids as well - petting zoo, face painting, baby wild animals. Demonstrations and many surprises! Free admission.
Movie Night - Presidents in our Backyard
July 20, 2013
7:00pm, Cairo Public Library, Railroad Ave, Cairo, NY
11:00 am - 2:00 pm Cairo Public Library, Railroad Ave, Cairo, NY
Case's Speakeasy, a 1920's Nightclub
7:00 pm - Midnight, Gallagher's Banquet Hall, 513 Main St., Cairo, NY
Join us for a roaring good time at Cairo's own 1920's nightclub. Listen to swinging sounds of a live band and dance the night away. Enjoy a full course buffet dinner with delicious appetizers! For ticket info call Hillary Higgins 518-622-0756.
The Civil War Letters of Eseck G. Wilber
2:00pm Cairo Public Library, Railroad Ave, Cairo, NY
Eseck G. Wilber was a farmer's son from Gayhead, when he signed up for a three year term during the Civil War. His letters, 70 of them, which he wrote to his parents back on the farm, detail the War, the camp conditions he had to endure, the losses he suffered. Eseck would eventually be captured and be imprisoned in the notorious Andersonville Prison in Georgia, where he died. Join Sylvia Hasenkopf as we talk about his journey and his life.
Charles L. Beach - the Man of the Catskill Mountain House
Rescheduled to January 18, 2014
Time to be determined, Gallagher's Banquet Hall, 513 Main St., Cairo, NY
Join Joe Capobianco, as he transforms himself into Charles L. Beach, the man behind the success of the Catskill Mountain House, America's first resort hotel, which catered to famed actors and actresses, business tycoons, Presidents and Royalty.
$5 Admission charge
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Mail your cheque to:
Cairo Historical Society
PO Box 803
Local pick up can be arranged at the Cairo Town Hall on Main St. Cairo.
For more information call Sylvia Hasenkopf 518/821-3752 or email her at firstname.lastname@example.org
All proceeds go to supporting the Cairo Historical Society's projects.
Our Books on Local History:
1. Portrait of the Past - A photographic journey into Cairo's Past. $15.00 plus $2.00 shipping and handling
2. Legs Diamond, Gangster by Patrick E. Downey - Brand New in 2012 - This extremely well researched book on the legendary "Legs Diamond" is a must read. Hard to put down with many new, previously unpublished facts about his life and times. $19.95 plus $3.25 shipping and handling
3. Historic Places in Greene County by the Greene County Historical Society - This truly amazing hardcover book has 276 pages of breathtaking historic images and contemporary photos of historic places and homes in Greene County. Each designated site has detailed histories. Published by Flint Mine Press. The book is 9 inches by 12 inches. Price $49.95 plus shipping and handling.
4. May God in His Mercy Spare our Lives, the Civil War Letters and Diary of Eseck G. Wilber, 120th NYV, this book captures the Civil War exploits of Eseck G. Wilber, who was just 21 when he volunteered for the Union Army in August of 1862. He was full of youthful arrogance and pride which slowly eroded as disease, hunger and death surrounded him. Eseck was at the battles of Fredericksburg, Chancellorsville and Gettysburg before he was captured by the Rebels at James City, Va and sent to Libby Prison. Moved to Pemberton, then Belle Isle and finally Andersonville, GA, Eseck saw first hand the deprivations of his fellow soldiers. Eseck's 80 letters and his diary tell the tale of his military exploits and his incarceration by the South. $24.99 plus $3.25 shipping and handling.
Our DVD's on Local History:
William Kennedy's Prohibition Story - New in 2011 - Master storyteller and Pulitzer Prize winning author William Kennedy recounts the fascinating and violent exploits of gangster-bootlegger Jack "Legs" Diamond during the Prohibition Era. $19.95 plus $2.00 shipping and handling.
The New York Capitol Fire - New in 2011 - On the morning of March 29th 1911 a massive fire ripped through the New York State Capitol - a building that had taken 30 years to complete. This documentary incorporates stunning photographic images, dramatic reenactments and interviews to unravel the mysteries of the fire's origin, spread and aftermath. Cost is $19.95 and $2.00 shipping and handling.
Sweet Violets - New in 2012 - The surprising story of the Violet Capital of the World - Rhinebeck, New York. Sweet Violets tells the forgotten story of the violet industry in the Hudson Valley region of New York State. The documentary includes interviews with historians and violet growers, along with rare film footage, vintage photographs, 19th century music, postcards, poetry and art. Cost is $19.95 and $2.00 shipping and handling.
Catskill Mountain House and the World Around - New in 2010. Tobe Carey's masterful documentary of the Catskill Mountain House and its impact on local and national history. A must see for local history enthusiasts! Cost is $19.95 and $2.00 for shipping and handling.
Deep Water: Building the Catskill Water System - Deep Water chronicles the true story of the building of the Catskill Water System that feeds New York City's insatiable thirst for clean water. It is the tale of heroism and heartbreak, political maneuvering, lost villages, brilliant engineering and the power struggle between New York City and the Catskills. Cost is $19.95 and $2.00 shipping and handling.
Greene County, USA - Greene County, USA chronicles the growth of this unique county and the great number of "historic firsts" made by its inhabitants. From early flint mines of prehistoric times to the tensions of the Revolutionary War that resulted in kidnappings and murder, to Greene County inventions of national importance, this documentary will educate, entertain and delight audiences of all ages. Cost is $19.95 and $2.00 shipping and handling.
Other items on Local History:
The Cairo Historical Society's first Cairo Herald 2011, a four page re-creation of Cairo's own newspaper. Articles, pictures and advertisements are from the Prohibition Era. Cost is $2.00 for local pickup and $3.00 to mail. A collector's item.
The 8 page second edition of the Cairo Herald 2012 is now available for sale. Chock full of entertaining tidbits, newspaper articles, advertising and pictures from Cairo's Prohibition Era. Cost is $2.00 for local pickup and $3.00 to mail. A collector's item.
The Cairo Herald 2013 is also an 8 page edition and is jammed full of stories, advertising and pictures of the Town of Cairo in the 1920's Cost is $2.00 for local pickup and $3.00 to mail.
Editions 2011, 2012, 2013 for $5.00 local pickup and $6.50 to mail.
Get your own Temperance and TommyGuns T-Shirt. Black with white lettering and white with black lettering. Sizes M, L, XL, XXL. $15.00 each tshirt plus shipping. Above is the logo which appears on the back of the Tshirt. The front has a Cairo, NY on the left breast area.
Town of Cairo Blanket Throw - A beautiful 50 inch by 70 inch blanket throw. Ideal for covering up while watching TV or reading. Manufactured in the USA. Depicted on the throw are iconic scenes from the Town of Cairo - the WW 1 Memorial fountain in Town, the Almshouse, the Greene County Fairgrounds, Shingle Kill Falls and Grist mill and many others. A must have! Cost is $55 plus $12.00 shipping.
Town of Cairo Baseball Cap - In six different colors - blue, green, brown, black, white and wheat. Only $15 per hat plus $4.00 shipping. Pick up available at the Cairo Town Hall.