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‘Reinventing Sullivan County: Understanding Our Roots’

November 21, 2007

[FERNDALE] – Sullivan County Historian John Conway will lead a seminar entitled “Reinventing Sullivan County: Understanding Our Roots” on Wednesday, December 5 at 7:00 p.m. at the CVI Building in Ferndale.  The program is sponsored by Sullivan Renaissance.   


Knowing the history of Sullivan County is helpful in efforts to revitalize the area.  Sullivan County has reinvented itself many times due to historical events and trends that have impacted the region economically, socially and environmentally.  Individuals and groups interested in learning more about Sullivan Renaissance as well as Sullivan County are also invited.  Refreshments will be provided.  Please RSVP by December 3.


John Conway has been the county historian since 1993.  Born and raised in Monticello, he was educated at Georgia Institute of Technology in Atlanta, GA.  He is an adjunct professor at SUNY-Sullivan, and is a contributing editor for the Encyclopedia of New York State.  Author of five books, his sixth will be released in 2008. 


Conway is regularly asked to provide historical context for Sullivan County news events by news organizations including the New York Times, Associated Press, Fox News and RNN.  He has appeared on the TV series Million Dollar Mysteries talking about gangster Dutch Schultz and his lost Catskills’ treasure, and on the BBC documentary Stand Up America discussing the role of the Borscht Belt on American comedy.


Sullivan Renaissance is a beautification and community development program principally funded by the Gerry Foundation.  Youth participation is supported in part with grants from the Louis R. Cappelli Foundation, and Bank of America Charitable Foundation.  Additional funding has been secured by NYS Senator John J. Bonacic and Assemblywoman Aileen M. Gunther. 


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