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
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The Historical Society of Rockland County’s exhibit “American Modernism: 20th Century Influencers in Rockland” is now on display until Feburary 23rd at the Rockland Center for the Arts, 27 South Greenbush Road, in West Nyack, NY. [Read more…] about American Modernism in Rockland County
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 Historical Society of Rockland County has announced the 44th annual holiday exhibit, The Dollhouses and Miniature Art of Catherine Cooke, is on display until March 1st, 2020.
This year’s Holiday Exhibition features a selection of Catherine’s Small Wonders: custom dollhouses decorated and furnished down to the tiniest details, from period wallpaper, area rugs, and lamps to food in the kitchen. [Read more…] about Dollhouses, Miniature Art Exhibit in New City
The October 2019 “Crossroads of Rockland History,” featured an interview with Dr. Arlene Clinkscale who made New York State education history when she became the first African American woman in the state to lead a school district. Nyack. [Read more…] about Nyack Education Pioneer Arlene Clinkscale
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 Historical Society of Rockland County has announced the Rockland County Executive’s Historic Preservation Merit Award Recipients for 2019.
Since 1991, the Historical Society of Rockland County has presented over 90 awards to public agencies, private individuals, community-based and religious organizations in recognition of their preservation efforts in the County. [Read more…] about Rockland County Historic Preservation Award Winners
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