GHS Archives

GHS Archives

WANTED HISTORY BUFFS! Interested in the Greenport elementary school in the 1950’s, WWI groups and veterans in Columbia County, local manufacturing, or 19th century historical homes and town government? Work on the Collection awaits your enthusiasm. Always wanted to use your library skills? There is a drawer of books waiting to be catalogued and stored. The new acid free storage supplies are in. Help get a piece of glass fixed on a display case. Help save Greenport’s history!! June work sessions are scheduled for every Wednesday in June, 10-12:30 at the Town Hall. Or by appointment!!

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Upcoming Program – June 21

Upcoming Program – June 21

After a brief business meeting, Leo Bower will present a slide show from his personal collection of old Shantytown photos. Leo grew up on Front Street in a two-family house that was razed for Urban Renewal and is now the site of the Terrace Apartments. His father Philip Bower, Sr. worked at the Atlas Cement Company and bought a shack in 1963. Leo and his brothers boated and fished for shad and herring with their father in the 1970s and early 1980s. They converted an old soda machine and used it to smoke the fish before selling them. We’ll hear Leo tell stories of some of the other owners — and some of the oldest residents of North Bay Shantytown.

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Legend of Spook Rock

Legend of Spook Rock

As with most legends and folklore, there are many versions that have been handed down and The Legend of Spook Rock is no different. There are so many different ones, but one of the most romantic comes from “The Parsonage Between Two Manors” written by Elizabeth L. Gebhard in 1909 and printed by the Bryan Publishing Company in Hudson.

In early days it was the “custom of tolling the (church} bell at the passing of a life, or the hour of burial ….

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