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Rockland Co History Podcast: Haverstraw

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crossroads of rockland historyThis month on “Crossroads of Rockland History,” Clare Sheridan interviewed Margaret Williams, author of the novel Haverstraw.

In this beautifully realized story, a young French-Canadian woman, unexpectedly trapped in farm drudgery, escapes into a loveless marriage to an Irish brick worker in the riverside village of Haverstraw, NY. In a town on the brink of disaster, she discovers her own inner strength and creates her own destiny.

Listen to the podcast here. Continue reading

The Tappan Zee Bridge: Transforming Rockland County

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the tappan zee bridgeThe Historical Society of Rockland County and Clarkstown 225th Anniversary Committee will be hosting The Tappan Zee Bridge: Transforming Rockland County, a film screening and discussion on Thursday, October 20, 7:30 pm, at the HSRC Community Room, 20 Zukor Road, in New City.

After the screening, the floor will open for a discussion about the impact the bridge has had on people and places in the county and how the new bridge might affect the community. Continue reading

1752 Rockland County House Destroyed For Strip Mall

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Lent-House-Featured-Revised-copyThe campaign to save the historic Lent House in Orangeburg (in Orangetown, Rockland County) was lost on Saturday morning, April 4th. The decisive blow was delivered by a backhoe. The 263-year-old house was reduced to a pile of rubble in less than two hours.

Less than two weeks before, architect and preservationist Walter Aurell was optimistic that the house could be spared. After learning about the unexpected annihilation, Aurell wrote, “It is very upsetting that in a Town whose motto is ‘Rich in History’ we have lost another significant piece of that very history – and its replacement in the public realm will be another strip mall.” Continue reading

John C. Fremont: Rockland County’s Forgotten Hero

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John_Charles_FrémontIn a cemetery overlooking the Hudson River just south of the Tappan Zee Bridge, lies John C. Fremont, who’s contribution to the end of slavery and the Union victory in the Civil War was tremendous, though he is little-remembered today.

Most generally associate Fremont with the State of California. He is the namesake of Fremont, California, and in 1846 was court-martialed for leading a revolt of American settlers there against the Mexican government. He lived most of the latter part of his life in New York State however, in New York City, and Westchester and Rockland counties. He also played a critical role in shifting the focus of Abraham Lincoln’s efforts in the Civil War from a sectional constitutional conflict to a crusade to abolish slavery. Continue reading

Annual NYS Archives Awards Announced

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New York State Cultural Education CenterThe New York State Archives and the Archives Partnership Trust have announced the winners of the 2014 Archives Awards. These annual awards recognize the archives and records management work of individuals and organizations in New York State. Award recipients include a former member of the Board of Regents, local governments, a state agency, educators and students.

Regent Emerita Laura Chodos, under whose name three of the annual awards were given, received the 2014 William Hoyt Annual Archives Award for Advocacy. The award is named after the late Assemblyman William Hoyt from Buffalo, who was a supporter of archives and records management in New York State.  Continue reading

Heritage Tourism Lessons from the Tappan Zee Bridge

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designOnce upon a time America was known for its building projects, for its infrastructure, for its vision of a better tomorrow. New York was in the forefront of such optimism and achievement. Think of the Erie Canal which helped make us the Empire State, the Croton Aqueduct, the Brooklyn Bridge, the skyscrapers from the Woolworth Building to the Empire State Building to the Twin Towers, and, of course, Robert Moses. Now the new Tappan Zee Bridge bids to join this pantheon of larger than life achievements made in New York.

Besides all the other concerns related to the bridge, there is the issue of tourism. Back in June, Mary Kay Vrba, tourism director for Dutchess County and leader of the Hudson Valley Path region, spoke to 50 people at “Destination Rockland: Blazing New Trails in Tourism.” Visions of jingling cash registers filled the heads of the participants who envisioned tourists by foot, bike, and later a revitalized bus system bringing people from the east side of the river to Rockland County. Alden Wolfe, chairman of the Rockland County Legislature convened the conference as a “launching point” for future discussion on this subject. Continue reading