May 6 through October
Admission is FREE!
Our ongoing exhibit for 2017 is "The O&W Railway in Ulster County: Stations Along the Way." Take a trip on the O&W between Spring Glen and Kingston, and stop at the 11 stations along the way!
Please enjoy this O&W Kingston Branch Timeline that was prepared for one of our new exhibits for 2017.
At the Volunteer Thank You Dinner on November 16, 2017 The Hurley Heritage Society presented a certificate of grateful appreciation to Jonathan and Iris Oseas as founding members of the Society since 1974 and for their many years of dedicated service to the mission and operation of the Museum. Jon and Iris were also presented with a gift certificate for a dinner-for-two at a restaurant of their choice.
The list of contributions Jon and Iris have made to the Society is a long and illustrious one. Iris was instrumental in the creation of the Society back in 1974, and both Jon and Iris became founding members. At first the Society had no building to call its own, so met at members' homes or the church. Early exhibits were held in a rented room at the "Half Moon Tavern" stone house on Main Street. Jon and Iris were heavily involved in the fundraising aspect during the first 26 years, especially with the annual Barn Sale. By Year 2000, between the Barn Sales and the Corn Festivals, which started in 1980, the Society had enough funds to pay cash for its current museum building on Main Street.
Iris, as Museum Manager, led the effort to apply for a charter as a recognized educational institution from the New York State Board of Regents. The Society received a provisional charter in 2002 and an absolute charter in 2010. Over the years, aside from offering their expertise in all things antique, Jon and Iris have loaned countless objects from their house and shop to populate our exhibits. They have graciously opened their home to special tours which the Society offers to visiting groups and families. At our annual Hurley Ghost Walk, Jon leans over the Dutch door and tells stories of the resident ghosts. The Van Deusen house stop has become a favorite on the Ghost Walk.
Living right across Main Street from the museum, they are often called upon to open and close the museum for the docents, pick up mail at the Post Office, check on security alarms at odd hours, and many, many other tasks related to maintaining a house and a museum. Both have served on the Society board in various capacities over the years.
We owe both Jon and Iris a debt of gratitude for making the Hurley Heritage Society what it is today. A heartfelt thank you from the Board and all of the members!