On the October 2020 episode of “Crossroads of Rockland History,” Clare Sheridan welcomed Congresswoman Nita M. Lowey who reflected on her career as Congresswoman from the 17th District of New York, and then Becky Savell appeared to discuss the life and career of her grandmother Historian Isabelle Savell. After a career as a journalist, and then working for Governor Nelson Rockefeller, Isabelle Savell authored many books, including Ladies Lib: How Rockland Women Got The Vote. [Read more…] about Politics & History On The Crossroads of Rockland History Podcast
The September 2020 episode of “Crossroads of Rockland History,” focused on the two new exhibitions on view now at the Historical Society of Rockland County (HSRC). Mariel Farlow and her daughter Michele Lehtis appeared to discuss the monumental sculpture “Being of Light – Image of the Human Soul.” [Read more…] about Public Sculpture, Suffrage on Rockland History Podcast
Marilyn Cohen, Vice President of the Rockland County Chapter of the League of Women Voters (LWV), discussed the national, nonpartisan group that has been doing active grassroots organizing for 100 years with the belief that voters should play a critical role in democracy.
We discussed the history of the LWV nationally and here in Rockland County. We also discussed what the LWV is doing now to prepare for the upcoming election. [Read more…] about League of Women Voters Celebrates 100 Years (Podcast)
The June 2020 episode of “Crossroads of Rockland History,” explored the life and work of Mary Mowbray-Clarke. As a young woman, Nyack’s Mary Mowbray-Clarke (née Horgan) met and mingled with some of the most influential artists and intellectuals of the day.
Later, as co-owner of the Sunwise Turn Bookshop, a hotbed of artistic activity and anarchist political thought in New York City during the 1910s and ’20s, she convinced many of her friends and colleagues to move to Rockland County, resulting in an artist colony like no other. [Read more…] about Artists and Anarchists in Rockland County (Podcast)
The May 2020 episode of “Crossroads of Rockland History,” explored the life and work of the artist Josephine Nivison Hopper.
Josephine Nivison was an accomplished artist by the time she started dating Edward Hopper in 1923, but the world knows very little about her. [Read more…] about Artist Josephine Nivison Hopper of Nyack (Podcast)
The April 2020 “Crossroads of Rockland History” podcast features Orangetown Historical Museum and Archives. The museum had planned to open a new exhibition, “Orangetown Suffragists,” on April 19.
Although the opening had to be postponed due to the COVID-19 outbreak, Clare Sheridan interviewed Orangetown Historian Mary Cardenas and Orangetown Museum Curator Elizabeth Skrabonja about their efforts to research the fight Orangetown women undertook to win the right to vote. They discussed the fascinating women’s suffrage movement within the context of how women lived and were perceived at the time and the legacy that lives on today in Orangetown as we celebrate 100 years of women’s suffrage. [Read more…] about Orangetown Suffragists: A Rockland Co History Podcast
The March 2020 episode of “Crossroads of Rockland History” focused on the #MonumentalWomen Project.
Pam Elam (President, Monumental Women) and Meredith Bergmann (Sculptor), appeared to speak about the all-volunteer, not-for-profit organization, created in 2014 with the initial goal of breaking the bronze ceiling and creating the first statue of real women in Central Park’s 166-year history. [Read more…] about #MonumentalWomen Project (Podcast)
The February 2020 “Crossroads of Rockland History,” focused on Just Call Me Lucky, a new book about Hezekiah Easter. Based on extensive personal interviews and written in the “as told to” style by Elizabeth Vallone, the book highlights Easter’s many contributions to the Rockand County community, including his work as the first African American to hold elected office in Rockland County, his tireless efforts to preserve Mount Moor Cemetery, and much more. [Read more…] about Rockland Co African-American Pioneer Hezekiah Easter
The December 2019 “Crossroads of Rockland History,” featured life-long Rocklander Art Gunther who spoke about what it was like growing up in Spring Valley, NY.
Gunther described how Spring Valley has changed, his fond memories grade school, high school, shopping downtown, and Spring Valley’s history as a resort community. He also spoke about his career as a journalist for the Journal-News as well as his very popular column, “The Column Rule.” [Read more…] about Art Gunther on Rockland County’s Spring Valley History
The November 2019 “Crossroads of Rockland History,” focuses on how the Volstead Act (Prohibition) changed Rockland County. Rockland County Historian Craig Long discusses several topics, including bootlegging, stills, law enforcement and the connection between religious revivalism, women’s suffrage and prohibition. Long also recounted what he learned from his interviews of local residents in the 1980s who had lived through prohibition in Suffern, NY. [Read more…] about Prohibition and Rockland County