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The Palen family in Sullivan County
February 27 @ 10:00 am
The Palens: A Sullivan County Tanning Industry Dynasty
Sunday, February 27, 2 p.m.
Join Dr. David Rotenstein on Sunday, February 27th at 2 p.m. virtually on ZOOM to explore the tanning industry in Sullivan County, the Palen family story and the Palen family’s contributions to Sullivan County history.
Beginning in 1832, Rufus Palen bought land along the Neversink River in Fallsburg and began building a tannery and sawmill. Over the next generation, Rufus and his family built and bought additional Sullivan County tanneries, including ones at Neversink and Rockland. Between the end of the 18th century and the turn of the twentieth century, several dozen Palens and their extended kin owned, built, and operated leather tanneries in New York and Pennsylvania. This complicated family tale has its roots in Sullivan County and is punctuated by great wealth and even greater tragedy.
Admission to the program: Members are free, and non-members: $5. Non-members can make a donation on the Museum’s website: www.timeandthevalleysmuseum.org before registering. Registration is required. To register and receive a program link, please email firstname.lastname@example.org and put Tannery Talk Registration in the subject line, or call 845 985-7700.
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