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Cairo Historical Society

Cairo Historical Society



Welcome to the Cairo Historical Society website!

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The Cairo Historical Society is dedicated to preserving the Town of Cairo's rich historical past and providing opportunities for the public to learn about their heritage.  The Cairo Historical Society was founded in 2007 with 10 enthusiastic members.

Current Board of Directors: John Kargoe, President; Jill Lamanec, Treasurer; Sylvia Hasenkopf, Vice President and Secretary.
Trustees: Robert Hempstead, Linda Larsen, John Kargoe, Ann Clapper, Ron Hasenkopf, Gail Kargoe, Robert Uzzilia, Michael Lamanec, H. Elton Rouse, Sherry B. True


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The Cairo Historical Society invites you to join us and help support historical programs and preservation efforts. Your membership contribution is tax deductible: 

Send your cheque to:

Cairo Historical Society
P.O. Box 803
Cairo, NY

Membership dues application

Membership List

We thank you for your generous support!


The Cairo Historical Society will hold their monthly meeting on the third Thursday of each month at 7:00pm at the Cairo Public Library in the Community Room, unless otherwise posted. Please note that the Cairo Historical Society does field trips a few times in the year, visiting historical homes and businesses in our community. On those days we have have our monthly meeting off site. Notices will be posted on the Cairo Historical Society Facebook page.

The monthly meeting dates for 2017 are as follows:


January 19

February 16
March 16
April 20 - Our annual meeting
May 18
June 15
July 20
August 17
September 21
October 19
November 16
December 21 - Our Christmas Party

Everyone is welcome! Meetings are used to discuss new projects, updates on existing projects and present new items of interest. This is a great opportunity to learn more about the Town of Cairo and its rich history.


Minutes of Meetings:

Do you want to know what we discuss and the status of projects underway? Check back here on a monthly basis. Meeting minutes will be posted for everyone to review.



2017 Projects:


1.    Finalize the Digitization of the Cairo Cemetery
2.    The Town of Cairo Hometown Heroes Book - February 2017
3.    Continue the Construction of the CHS Headquarters

2017 Lecture Series:


Beekeeping with Richard Muggeo

March 23, 2017
Cairo Library - Community Room
2:00pm - 4:00pm
Free Admission - free will donation jar at the door


Climate Change and Birds of the Hudson Valley with Larry Federman
April 22, 2017
Cairo Library - Community Room
2:00pm - 4:00pm
Free Admission - free will donation jar at the door


The Catskill Game Farm with Sylvia Hasenkopf
October 28, 2017
Cairo Library - Community Room
2:00pm - 4:00pm

Free Admission - free will donation jar at the door


The History of Grape Growing in the Hudson Valley and Catskill Mountains - with Steve Casscels

November 18, 2017
Cairo Library - Community Room
2:00pm - 4:00pm

Free Admission - free will donation jar at the door

Free Admission - free will donation jar at the door

2016 Projects:


State of the Union Dinner

February 25, 2017
Masonic Hall, Main St. Cairo
4:00pm to 8:00pm
Tickets are $20pp and $10 for children 10 and under
Choice roast beef or ham, with homemade mashed potatoes, gravy,  green beans with slivered almonds, honey glazed carrots, salad, roll, slice of pie, coffee, tea or soda


Cairo Historical Society Annual Meeting 
April 20, 2017
7:00pm, Cairo Public Library, Railroad Ave, Cairo, NY


Coxsackie-Athens Community Band
May 21, 2017
2:00pm, Gallagher's Banquet Hall, 513 Main St., Cairo, NY

Free Admission - This event is sponsored by the Cairo Historical Society


Cairo Raceway Reunion

June 4, 2017

Angelo Canna Town Park, Cairo NY
Agenda and Times to be determined

Open to everyone


Installation of the Town of Cairo Historical Marker

July 15, 2017
11:00am at the corner of Routes 23 and 32 by Cumberland Farms

Open to everyone


Cairo Historical Society Archival Day
September 16, 2017
Cairo Public Library
10:30am - 2:00pm

Bring your donations in or let us scan your collection


Cairo Historical Society Christmas Party

December 21, 2017
7:00pm, Cairo Public Library, 15 Railroad Ave, Cairo, NY

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