Mamakating Historical Society

Historical Society Building Background

In 2001 when Mary Barbuti was the Town of Mamakating Supervisor the town purchased the old school building in Summitville from the Ellenville School District. Her dream was to have a Historical Society there and she contacted Bernice and John Masten, who at this time were active in the Sullivan County Historical Society. John and Bernice had a strawberry fest at the old D&H Canal building in Summitville and signed up members to start the Society.

The building was turned into a museum and Bernice Masten was curator and archivist. John was appointed President by the new Board of Directors and was busy collecting information and articles for the museum. The dream was born and the Mamakating Historical Society was born.

Bernice became ill and had to give up her beloved position. Her work is greatly appreciated today by the staff of the museum with Helene Goetschius as the present archivist and curator. Helene’s right hand person is Joan Dunn who works very hard in putting information in books on many subjects that are of interest to the Town of Mamakating. Helen Johnson is also an important member who helps us keep the museum going.


In 2008 we applied for and received our charter from the Education Department of the State of New York. At present our Board of Directors is:
  • Charles Goetschius Sr.  President
  • Joan Dunn Vice President
  • Robert Olcott Treasurer
  • Helene Goetschius Secretary
  • Mary Barbuti Board Member
  • Helen Johnson Board Member
  • Richard Johnson Sr. Board Member
  • Sylvia Maliga Board Member
  • John Masten Board Member
  • Sean Moore Board Member
  • Camille Regholec Board Member
  • Jerry Regholec Board Member
  • Evelyn Smithem Board Member
Please come and visit us and enjoy the exhibits at the museum.

Town Government History 

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Bloomingburg Reformed Protestant Dutch Church

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The church hours will start the 2nd Sunday in July 2013 from 1 p.m. - 3 p.m. For more information please call Linda Helms at 845-733-2755 and leave a message.