CELEBRATING CATSKILL WATERS: PAST & PRESENT.. AND EXHIBIT OPENING at TIME AND THE VALLEYS MUSEUM, Oct 9, 2014 , Grahamsville NY (Sullivan county)
the event began with a tour of the Exhibit, ‘Celebrating Catskill Waters’ (about the Neversink and other local Reservoirs that provide Water to NYC ).
After the tour of the Exhibit… the conference room of the Museum (2nd floor) was the place of the overflow crowd to hear, Museum Board President, Richard Coombe, introduce the speakers including SC. Legislature Vice-chair, Kitty Vetter and Patricia Adams of the Sullivan County Heritage Alliance. Remarks followed by John Bonacic, State Sen. 42 nd Dist, US Congressman Chris Gibson, (19th district) and a representative of the NYC DEP.
After brief speeches by each of the above, Mr Coombe and Museum Trustee, Dorothy Muthig Unveiled the ‘Catskill Farm Project’, which is being put together from donations behind the Museum. (more at “Recreating a Lost Catskill Farm” , ‘http://www.timeandthevalleysmuseum.org/explore/a-catskill-farm/ ), on the hill behind the Museum.
After this, was the official unveiling of exhibit. and Reception. An overflowing crowd was in attendance.
Was Thomas Paine, a founder? debatable, but definitely one of our philosophers. what did he say about the major religions?
“Noble in concept but highly unlikely for some, naïve in reality. Every one of those in some combination is caustic and highly reactive. Like Magnesium and oxygen; highly volatile. Nearly EVERY war, conflict, injustice in the World has been associated with a religion. I ascribe to these wise words:
I do not believe in the creed professed by the Jewish church, by the Roman church, by the Greek church, by the Turkish church, by the Protestant church, nor by any church that I know of… Each of those churches accuse the other of unbelief; and for my own part, I disbelieve them all.”- Thomas Paine (The Age of Reason, 1794-1795.) “
So, let the ‘Domininist’ Christians chew on that… we were NOT founded on ANY religion.. we were founded on ‘freedom of religion’ as corrupt as that is…and considering the other ‘freedoms’ of the state of our founding Principles (no voting for blacks/slaves, women, those without property, and of course the Indigenous poplution=Indians …)