New York History Month
A Memorial page
Alf died on Dec 29th, 2004

Celebration in Recognition of
 Alf Evers

Each year the New York State Historical Association, the New York State Department of Education, the New York State Regional Publishers Association, and the New York State Library Association spotlight and foster History Events throughout the State in celebration of the designation of November as New York History Month by the New York State Legislature.

                 EVENT PRESS RELEASE:
To begin this year's New York History Month events, Ulster County Historian, Karlyn Knaust Elia, announces a Celebration in Recognition of Alf Evers' Contributions to the Furthering of New York History 

DATE: Sunday, October 21, 2001

TIME: 2:00 p.m. - 4 p.m.

PLACE: Senate House Historic Site, 296 Fair Street, Kingston, New York (The Senate House is located in the Stockade Historic District at the 
corner of North Front Street and Clinton Avenue, Kingston, NY)

CONTACT: Karlyn Knaust Elia
or Richard Frisbie

PROGRAM: Brief speeches by the friends of Alf Evers (those listed below and others), a few songs by Jay Ungar & Molly Mason, and Happy Traum, with  some surprises.


Ward Todd, Chairman, & members of the Ulster County Legislature
Jay Ungar and Molly Mason, Two of America's best known folk musicians
Ed Sanders, Author and Poet
Dr. Carleton Mabee, Pulitzer Prize winning author 
Edward T. Chase, Former Editor-in-Chief of the NY Times Books
Bob Steuding, Author and Poet
Robert Thurman, Buddhist Scholar, Columbia University, author.
Maurice Hinchey, US Congressman
Geddy Sveikauskas, Publisher, Ulster Publishing Company
Vernon Benjamin, Historian
Nathan Koenig, Film Maker
Len Tantillo, Artist, created poster for NYS History Month 2001
Richard Frisbie, New York State Regional Publishers Association
Carla Smith, Director of The Woodstock Guild (Byrdcliffe)
Happy Traum, Musician and President: Homespun Tapes
and many more.
It is free and open to the public.
Rain or shine. Refreshments will be served.
                   ALF EVERS BIO:

Alf Evers, pre-eminent historian of the Catskills, is renowned for his definitive 800-page histories, "The Catskills: From Wilderness to   Woodstock" and "Woodstock: History of an American Town". Alf was born February 2, 1905 in Williamsbridge in the Bronx. In 1914, his parents moved the family out of New York City to a 54-acre farm in Tillson, within sight of the Catskills. 

He went to New Paltz High School and then attended Hamilton College and the Art Students League. At the League, Alf met fellow student Helen Baker and the two soon married. With the onset of the Depression, he was compelled to take a job as an insurance company investigator, and, later, Fuller Brush salesman to support himself and Helen. 

Helen was an artist with Norcross greeting cards, and Alf began putting his writing faculties to work by composing captions and verses for the cards. The couple began to collaborate on children's books and produced over fifty books between 1931 and the 1950s.

Alf continued as author and journalist, becoming associate editor of the New York Folklore Quarterly and writing articles for the New York  Conservationist. His many newspaper articles on regional history caught the eye of a senior editor at Doubleday; with her encouragement he undertook to write the famous Catskills history, published in 1972 by Doubleday and in 1982 by Overlook Press. His history of Woodstock followed in 1987; other books include "In Catskill Country: Collected Essays on Mountain History, Life and Lore", as well as the children's titles, "The Deer Jackers" and "The House the Pecks Built", a storybook with a thread of gentle satire about adult acquisitiveness, published in 1940 and recently reissued. Alf is completing a history of  Kingston, an effort of twelve years' duration, to be published by Overlook Press.

Evers has served as Vice-President of the New York State Folklore Society, President of both the Woodstock Historical Society and the Woodstock Library, and town historian of Woodstock. He has been an active preservationist over the years, writing frequently in area newspapers to encourage preservation of the landscape and character of Woodstock and its environs. He lives in Shady and has three children and "a great many grandchildren and great-grandchildren.


History Month information

Kick-off Event
Karlyn Elia, Ulster County Historian announcement

Date, Time, Program

for more info

List of Speakers
Speakers, presenters and performers

Alf Evers' Bio

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