Hot coffee, tea and cool history

COCHECTON, NY — Speakers and participants enjoy The Cochecton Preservation Society’s 11th Coffee, Tea and History on September 24 at the Cochecton Train Station. For anyone who missed it, you can catch it on a WJFF Radio recording available in their archives. The guest speakers, genealogist Ann O’Hara of Wayne County Historical Society and Sullivan County Historian John Conway, spoke about “The Civil War and Our Towns and Heroes.” Dennis Bernitt, a re-enactor with the 143rd Regiment NY Volunteer Infantry Group added interesting detail that can be found in the book by Charles Young, “A Soldier’s Wealth is Honor,” the true story of Sgt. Thomas D. Collins of the 143rd New York Infantry from Sullivan County, who has been described as the Audie Murphy of the Civil War. For more information call 845/932-8104; email  or visit


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