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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; Jill Lamanec, Treasurer; Sylvia Hasenkopf, Vice President and Secretary.
Trustees: Robert Hempstead, Linda Larsen, John Kargoe, Ann Clapper, Ron Hasenkopf, Gail Kargoe, Robert Uzzilia, Michael Lamanec, H. Elton Rouse, Sherry B. True


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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: 

Send your cheque to:

Cairo Historical Society
P.O. Box 803
Cairo, NY

Membership dues application

Membership List

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 2016 are as follows:


January 21
February 18
March 17
April 21 - Our annual meeting
May 19
June 16
July 21
August 18
September 15
October 20
November 17
December 15 - Our Christmas Party

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.



2016 Projects:


1.    Finalize the Digitization of the Cairo Cemetery
2.    The Town of Cairo Hometown Heroes Book - Summer 2016
3.    Continue the Construction of the CHS Headquarters

2016 Lecture Series:


The Hudson Valley in the Ice Age - A Lecture with Robert and Johanna Titus

January 16, 2016
Cairo Library - Community Room
2:00pm - 4:00pm
Tickets are $5 at the door


The Unbroken Thread, The History of Quiltmaking in the Catskill Mountains - with Steve Hoare
April 30, 2016
Cairo Library - Community Room
2:00pm - 4:00pm
Free Admission - free will donation jar at the door


Talking Walls:Casting out the Post-Contact Wall Building Myth - with Matt Bua
May 21, 2016
Cairo Library - Community Room
2:00pm - 4:00pm

Free Admission - free will donation jar at the door



The History of Grape Growing in the Hudson Valley and Catskill Mountains - with Steve Casscels

Postponed until 2017

The 2016 Archaelogical Season in Greene County - with Jay Ciccone
October 2016 (date to be determined)
Cairo Library - Community Room
2:00pm - 4:00pm

Free Admission - free will donation jar at the door

2016 Projects:


State of the Union Dinner

February 20, 2016
Masonic Hall, Main St. Cairo
4:00pm to 8:00pm
Tickets are $20pp and $10 for children 10 and under
Choice roast beef or ham, with homemade mashed potatoes, gravy,  green beans with slivered almonds, honey glazed carrots, salad, roll, slice of pie, coffee, tea or soda


Cairo Historical Society Annual Meeting 
April 21, 2016
7:00pm, Cairo Public Library, Railroad Ave, Cairo, NY


Coxsackie-Athens Community Band - Music for Children of all Ages
May 15, 2016
2:00pm, Gallagher's Banquet Hall, 513 Main St., Cairo, NY

Free Admission - This event is sponsored by the Cairo Historical Society


Cairo Historical Society Archival Day
June 25, 2016
Cairo Public Library
2:00pm - 4:00pm

Bring your donations in or let us scan your collection


James Barker Historical Marker Installation and Barker Family Reunion
July 16 and 17, 2016
Check back for details


Cairo Historical Society Christmas Party

December 15, 2016
7:00pm, Cairo Public Library, 15 Railroad Ave, Cairo, NY

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