The July 2019 “Crossroads of Rockland History,” focused on the 240th anniversary of the storming of Stony Point. Michael Sheehan, historian at the Stony Point Battlefield State Historic Site joined Clare Sheridan to discuss the history (and some misconceptions) surrounding this important victory for the Continental Army and they recapped the commemorative events that took place at the site on July 13 & 14, 2019. [Read more…] about Storming of Stony Point’s 240th Anniversary
The June 2019 “Crossroads of Rockland History,” focused on Rockland County’s rich historical places located within the area’s woodlands and parklands.
Gordon Wren joined Clare Sheridan to discuss some of the interesting local history that can be explored through historical hikes such as Claudius Smith’s Den; Northwest Airlines Crash Site; Doodletown; Sterling Forest Mines and the Ramsay Conklin Site. Organizations in the area that cater to history enthusiasts who love to explore the outdoors are also discussed, including the NY/NJ Trail Conference and the Historical Society of the Palisades Interstate Park Region. [Read more…] about Some Historic Hikes In Rockland County History
The May 2019 “Crossroads of Rockland History” focused on the new exhibition at the Historical Society of Rockland County (HSRC) entitled “Influencers: Art and History on South Mountain Road.” Susan Deeks, the HSRC’s executive director, discussed this important artist colony where modernism flourished. [Read more…] about Rockland History: Art and History on So Mtn Rd
The April 2019 “Crossroads of Rockland History,” was an exploration of the new exhibition at the Orangetown Historical Museum and Archives (OHMA) entitled Shanks Legacy. Elizabeth Skrabonja (curator) and Mary Cardenas (Museum Director and Orangetown Historian) were interviewed.
Camp Shanks was the U.S. Army’s largest port of embarkation on the East Coast in World War II. It saw some 1.3 million troops pass through on their way to England and North Africa. [Read more…] about The Legacy of Camp Shanks, Rockland County
The February 2019 “Crossroads of Rockland History,” was a celebration of the program’s 100th episode. We discussed the most popular programs that we’ve aired since the program first aired in October 2010.
Excerpts from past programs were included: The Brinks Robbery with Bob Baird, Haunted History with Linda Zimmermann, Two Schools in Hillburn Documentary with Joe Allen, Aviation History with Adam Raines, Blauvelt’s Roger Peltzman (pianist) and Pearl River Author Mary Beth Keane. We also learned about an interesting piece of Haverstraw History that includes Babe Ruth and St. Peter’s Church from Steve Possell. [Read more…] about Crossroads of Rockland History Celebrates 100th Episode
The January 2019 “Crossroads of Rockland History,” featured New City native (now Floridian) and author Frank Eberling who previewed his upcoming murder-mystery Low Tor. Just like his earlier novel Demarest Kill, Low Tor is set in familiar places in Rockland County, and weaves a shady tale of murder on the mountain.
It’s another page-turner filled with local history and colorful characters. Frank Eberling is a fifth-generation New City resident who moved to Florida upon graduation from Clarkstown High School in 1964. He has worked as a documentary filmmaker for more than forty years. [Read more…] about Author Frank Eberling on Crossroads of Rockland History
The December 2018 “Crossroads of Rockland History,” featured South Nyack Village Trustee and Esposito Rail Trail Sign Committee member Andrew Goodwillie.
Goodwillie shared fascinating facts and anecdotes about the impact of the railroad and Thruway on Nyack and South Nyack. Goodwillie and a team of volunteers from Nyack, South Nyack and Piermont have been researching this history to create wayside historical signage along the Esposito Rail Trail (Nyack, South Nyack, Piermont and Sparkill). The signs are finished and will soon be in the ground in a number of locations along this busy walking trail. [Read more…] about Esposito Rail Trail: Crossroads of Rockland History
The “Crossroads of Rockland History” podcast recently focused on the award-winning documentary Piermont’s Papermill: Stories from the Factory. Betsy Franco Feeney (Trustee) from the Piermont Historical Society (PHS) joined Clare Sheridan to discuss life in Piermont before the Condominiums. [Read more…] about Piermont’s Papermill: Crossroads of Rockland History
The October 2018 “Crossroads of Rockland History,” featured artist Lisa Levart who spoke about her current exhibition at the Historical Society of Rockland County (HSRC). This exhibition represents the culmination of eighteen months of creative collaboration between Levart and women of the Ramapough Lenape Nation (Rockland and Bergen counties). Levart uses collaged portrait photography as a basis for contemporary reinterpretations of Lenape mythology.
Her technique of layering images with other materials achieves results that blend “contemporary and ancient portraiture across the expanse of time.” A selection of her photographs – some being exhibited for the first time – are displayed alongside prehistoric and historical Lenape objects in the HSRC galleries. [Read more…] about Crossroads of Rockland History Features Artist Lisa Levart
The September, 2018 the Crossroads of Rockland History podcast focused on the forgotten painter, inventor, couturier, textile designer and ceramist Edith Varian Cockcroft (1881-1962).
Eve M. Kahn (Art Historian and New York Times contributor) appeared with Sloatsburg native Peter Bush. They discussed the interesting life of the artist and the research that has been underway during this recent rediscovery.
Cockcroft, a Brooklyn native, studied art with William Merritt Chase and traveled widely in Europe before World War I. Critics lauded her atmospheric views of French and British coastal villages and portraits of nudes against vibrant fabric backdrops. She exhibited at venues such as the Paris Salon, the National Academy of Design, the Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts, and the Art Institute of Chicago. Collectors as elite as Moscow’s Ivan Morosov acquired her work. [Read more…] about Edith Varian Cockcroft: Crossroads of Rockland History