John Conway - Purple Mountain Press


John Conway has been the Sullivan County (New York) Historian since 1993. He was born and raised in Monticello, New York, educated at the Georgia Institute of Technology in Atlanta, Georgia, and has been in the vanguard of the movement to chronicle and preserve local history for more than twenty years.

He is an adjunct professor at SUNY Sullivan, and is a contributing editor for the Encyclopedia of New York State. He has written dozens of magazine articles and four books, three for Purple Mountain Press. He regularly provides historical context for Sullivan County news events for the New York Times, Associated Press, and Fox News, among others. He has appeared on the Fox television series Million Dollar Mysteries, talking about gangster Dutch Schultz and his lost Catskills’ treasure, and on the BBC documentary, Stand Up America, discussing the role of the Borscht Belt on American comedy.

He has won numerous awards, including a New York State Broadcasters Association first place award for Best Public Affairs show in 1995 for "A Look Back," a number of Merit Awards from the Upper Delaware Heritage Alliance, and the Sullivan County Historical Society’s History Preserver Award in 2003.

He began writing “Retrospect,” a weekly column on Sullivan County history, for the Times Herald-Record newspaper in 1987. The same column has run in the Sullivan County Democrat since 2004. His columns also appear online at

His Purple Mountain Press books include a forthcoming book on Alfred Loomis and the Loomis Sanitarium at Liberty, NY, and Retrospect: An Anecdotal History of Sullivan County and Dutch Schultz and His Lost Catskills' Treasure. For more about John, please visit his website.

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