Historical Society names John Hathorn fellows

Summer interns Casey Abribat and Justine Thomas recognized for their volunteer contributions

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  • Justine Thomas and Casey Abribat were recognized recently as John Hathorn Fellows for their volunteer contributions as student interns to the Warwick Historical Society. Pictured here, from left to right are: Warwick Supervisor Michael Sweeton, Justine Thomas, Casey Abribat and Prof. Richard Hull, Town Historian and chair of the Hathorn Fellowship Committee.

WARWICK — On Aug. 20, in the chambers of Town Supervisor Michael Sweeton, Casey Abribat and Justine Thomas were named John Hathorn Fellows for their volunteer contributions as student interns to the Warwick Historical Society.

This fellowship is named in memory of General John Hathorn, a Revolutionary War patriot, the first Warwick Supervisor, first state senator, first U.S. Congressman and as an otherwise distinguished citizen.

He and his wife maintained an extensive farmstead in Warwick and their residence built in the 1770 still stands on Route 94. It is on the National Register and a committee was recently formed to restore it as a museum.

Justine Thomas
Justine Thomas will be in her second year at the College of New Jersey with a double major in history and political science.

She won a Girl Scout Gold Award and was vice president of the History Club at Warwick Valley High School.

For several years she has worked diligently as a counsellor at the Warwick Historical Society's History Camp for Youth.

Casey Abribat

Casey Abribat graduated in 2013 from St. Lawrence University with a bachelor of arts degree in History. She was also inducted into the national Phi Alpha Theta History Honors Society at St. Lawrence.

She is now working on an master's degree in public history at the College of Albany.

Since high school in Warwick she has been active in the Warwick Historical Society helping with fund raisers and tutoring youth.

Both of these young scholars hope to follow a profession in local history and archives management. This summer they've been working in the archives of the Warwick Historical Society, assisting in cataloguing.

The award

A major purpose of the award is to publicly recognize and to express the historical society's appreciation of the voluntary contributions of young people to the advancement of local history in their community.

"The fellowship is only a year old and unfortunately is not yet funded through an endowment," Hull wrote in an email exchange with the Warwick Advertiser. "Thus, it is more honorary. I anticipate this will change in another year or two.

The fellows receive a necklace medallion, a framed certificate and an autographed copy of Hull's book, "People of the Valleys: A History of Warwick, 1700-2005."

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