History of the Catskills
Research and relive the Catskills experience through literature, the arts, memoirs, interviews, and more.
Fiction and Non-fiction Writing Contests: The Catskills and the Holocaust. These two contests are part of a book project, Summer Haven: How the Catskills Experienced the Holocaust, edited by Dr. Holli Levitsky, Professor of English and Director of Jewish Studies at Loyola Marymount University, and Dr. Phil Brown, Professor of Sociology and Environmental Studies at Brown University, which will provide a locus for literature exploring the experience of the Holocaust in the Catskills.
The contest is sponsored by the Catskills Institute, Jewish Book Council, the “1939” Club, the Sigi Ziering Institute at American Jewish University, Brown University Judaic Studies Program, the Jewish Studies Program at Loyola Marymount University, the Jewish American and Holocaust Literature Symposium, AskAbigail.com, and the Four Seasons Lodge film group.
Submissions are due July 1, 2012. The contest will be judged by a panel of eminent writers in the field of Jewish literature and scholarship. On Sept.1, the judges’ decision will be announced. The winners will receive $500 and up to $500 in travel costs to present the winning entries at the Jewish American and Holocaust Literature Symposium in Miami, Florida November 11-13, 2012. The winning entries will also be published in the Levitsky and Brown book.
Welcome to the new Catskills Institute website. We are very grateful to Brown University for its wonderful support through the Scholarly Technology Group and the Center for Digital Scholarship. Elli Mylonas, Ann Caldwell, Robin Ness, and Kerri Hicks spent countless hours developing this new archive and its website. Thousands of items from the Catskills Institute Archives have been scanned in at high resolution, and accompanying metadata provides much useful background information. You can now search for all sort of materials by hotel or bungalow colony name, by type of object (e.g. menu, postcard, stationery), or by thumbnail. We are proud to now feature a whole section devoted to the beautiful postcard artistry of Alfred Landis. The bulletin board has an automatic posting mechanism for your queries. Please spend some time and enjoy this new archive/website that preserves the glorious legacy of the Jewish Catskills.
A century ago, the celebrated Jewish resorts started in the Sullivan and Ulster County Catskills. New Yorkers hungry for mountain air, good food, and the American way of leisure came to the mountains by the thousands, and by the 1950s, more than a million people inhabited the summer world of bungalow colonies, summer camps, and small hotels. These institutions shaped American Jewish culture, enabling Jews to become more American while at the same time introducing the American public to immigrant Jewish culture. For more information, please contact us at email@example.com