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
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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
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 Historical Society of Rockland County has invited the public to a local history meet-up at the Haverstraw Brick Museum & Center for Historic Preservation, 12 Main Street, Haverstraw, on Sunday, February 10, at 1:30 pm.
The Haverstraw Brick Museum Center for Historic Preservation has recently completed an extensive renovation and will open later this spring. This meetup is an opportunity to get a sneak preview”of the new and improved center, including the recently refurbished Landslide Diorama created by Rockland’s John Rossi. [Read more…] about Tour The New Brick Museum in Haverstraw
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 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
On the August, 2018 “Crossroads of Rockland History,” Peter Bush (direct descendent of Jacob Sloat) was on hand to discuss Friends of Harmony Hall ~ Jacob Sloat House.
This magnificent house, built in 1848, in the heart of New York State’s historic Ramapo Pass is raising excitement in Sloatsburg, NY, an area which is undergoing an economic revitalization at the moment. As unique as its original owner, the estate was added to the New York State and National Registers of Historic Places on December 22, 2006.
Although it is considered to be a ‘restoration in progress,’ this stately home once again welcomes visitors on a limited basis, offering a wide range of arts and educational programming. When restoration work is complete, Harmony Hall is expected to serve as the cultural center of western Rockland County – welcoming visitors to a region renown for its natural beauty, magnificent parks and significant contribution to American history. [Read more…] about Rockland History: Friends of Harmony Hall, Jacob Sloat House