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Rockland History Podcast: Nyack Record Shop Project


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crossroads of rockland historyThis month on “Crossroads of Rockland History,” Clare Sheridan featured the Nyack Record Shop Project. The Nyack Record Shop Project is an important oral history collection effort directed by Bill Batson.

At Kiam Records, a tiny shop on Main Street in downtown Nyack, oral histories were gathered during one-on-one interviews in this ambitious effort to give a voice to a group whose history is often overlooked: the African American community. Continue reading

Rockland Co Preservation Award Nominations Sought


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The Historical Society of Rockland County is seeking nominations for the 28th annual Rockland County Executive’s Historic Preservation Merit Awards. These awards, presented during National Historic Preservation Month in May, recognize outstanding historic preservation efforts in Rockland County.

Nominations are sought for and from individuals, organizations, businesses, and municipal representatives for achievements that have contributed to the continued preservation of Rockland County’s significant historical and cultural heritage. Self-nominations are encouraged. Activities, projects, and phases of projects that have been completed in the past ten years are eligible. Continue reading

Rockland History: Marydell Sisters of Upper Nyack


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crossroads of rockland historyThis month on “Crossroads of Rockland History,” Clare Sheridan featured “Marydell-Over 90 Years-Serving-Mentoring-Caring!” the new exhibition at the Historical Society of the Nyacks.

Suzanne Belisle, assistant exhibition curator, and Sister Veronica Mendez, President of the Sisters of Our Lady of Christian Doctrine spoke about the retrospective, which traces the work of the Marydell Sisters of Upper Nyack for more than 90 years, from the restoration of a derelict farm, to establishing a summer camp for immigrants, to creating the Marydell Faith and Life Center and transferring 30 acres to the Palisades Park Commission, and everything in between. They spoke about the remarkable collection of photographs, newspaper articles, and similar memorabilia in  the exhibition. They also described the replica of the Sisters’ Peace Pole, the gnomes from the famous “Gnomes of Marydell,” memorialized in song by the former Nyacker John Babcock and a tribute to the Sisters’ 9-year-old pit bull they adopted from Hi-Tor shelter.

For more information about the exhibition or the Historical Society of the Nyacks, visit their website.

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Rockland Co Women’s Suffrage Rally and March Nov 5th


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suffrageThe Historical Society of Rockland County, League of Women Voters, and New City Library will hold a March & Rally to commemorate the Centennial of Women’s Suffrage in New York State, on Sunday, November 5, 2017, from 12 to 4 pm, at the Rockland County Courthouse and HSRC History Center.

To honor the centennial Women’s Suffrage in New York, a historical rally will be held in New City, Rockland County’s seat, with a march to the Courthouse steps. Marchers will gather at noon in the parking lot behind the county’s Sain Building (8 New Hempstead Road). Continue reading

Rockland Co History Podcast: Mary Cardenas


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crossroads of rockland historyThis month on “Crossroads of Rockland History,” Clare Sheridan interviewed Mary Cardenas, director of the Orangetown Historical Museum and Archives, who spoke about their new exhibition “Loyal to the Crown,” which opened there on Saturday, October 14. Cardenas discussed what it was like for Loyalists during the Revolution. We also welcomed special guest George Way, whose collection of fine English antiques will be on view throughout the exhibition to help tell the story of the eighteenth-century Loyalist in colonial America.

Mr. Way’s collection is a magnificent group of original art, objects and artifacts from the sixteenth and seventeenth centuries, including an important portrait of Henrietta Maria, wife of Charles I, attributed to Sir Anthony van Dyck. The exhibition will allow visitors to experience the culture and contrast that brought many to proclaim “God Save the King.” Continue reading

Rockland Co History Podcast: Carson McCullers


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crossroads of rockland historyThis month on “Crossroads of Rockland History,” Clare Sheridan interviewed Dr. Nick Norwood, director of the Carson McCullers Center at Columbus State University in Columbus GA about the life and work of Carson McCullers. Carson McCullers moved to Nyack, NY with her mother and sister in 1944 and lived there until her death in 1967. In the Nyack house she completed The Member of the Wedding (1946), The Ballad of the Sad Café (1951), Clock without Hands (1961), and other plays, short stories, poetry, and autobiographical works. 2017 marks 100 years since McCullers’ birth and 50 years since her death.

Listen to the podcast here. Continue reading