Dryden Town Historical Society, Tompkins County, New York

Current Events (Programs and Exhibits)

Annual DTHS Pie Sale 2017

Saturday, November 4

1st Natl. Bank of Dryden

9:00am – gone (and they go early!)


Spring DTHS exhibit “Things Change: 1917 – 1919″

Change was sweeping this country and Dryden, too, felt change. World War I saw local women active in the war effort. Many local men were sent into battle over seas. Women were employed for the first time in the bottling department at Bordens Milk Plant. Milk strikes were threatening at every distribution point. Women received the right to vote in NYS. The influenza epidemic took many lives, but also ushered in new medical advances. The famous Dryden Agricultural Fair held its last fair in 1917. This exhibit will use information, documents, photographs and objects from DTHS historical collection. For an overview of this time period in Dryden, we turned to the book, Dryden’s Second Hundred Years* by Elizabeth Denver Gutchess. * This book can be purchased at DTHS.

Photograph of Helen Hines. Helen worked at Bordens Milk Plant during WWI from Ray Rockefeller's photograph Album, DTHS historical collection.

Photograph of Helen Hines. Helen worked at Bordens Milk Plant during WWI from Ray Rockefeller’s photograph Album, DTHS historical collection.

New Mini Exhibit

“History Underfoot in Military Lot 59″ on loan from David and Cynthia Waterman

David and Cynthia Waterman live in Military Lot 59 in the town of Dryden at the foot of Beam Hill. This mini exhibit features 8 bottles, an old kitchen drawer and two examples of patent medicine packaging, now framed, but originally found under boards in the walls of their barn. David presented a DTHS program in April 2014 about his discoveries and research. This mini exhibit gives us an opportunity to see the results of history underfoot.


New Dryden History Research Released

Many retellings of the story of Dryden’s first settler, Amos Sweet, have been produced. They are all based on the same series of articles published in 1857, which, it turns out, is inconsistent with census data. David Waterman has researched this issue, applying online genealogical resources and historical references to a search for the true Amos Sweet family, in order to tell its story. A booklet detailing his research, speculations and conclusions, entitled, “Who Was This Amos Sweet?” is now for sale at the Southworth House. This Amos Sweet narrative adds much fascinating new detail to our understanding of Dryden’s earliest history. (illustration by David Waterman)

Waterman Illustration