On the July, 2018 “Crossroads of Rockland History,” we learned about the Suffern Village Museum and the Suffern Railroad Museum from our very special guest, Craig Long. Before being appointed Ramapo Town Historian and Rockland County Historian, Craig Long began his history career in the 1980s as a charter member of the Suffern Village Museum. This museum and the Suffern Railroad Museum tell the rich history of this important village at the crossroads of the Ramapo region. Continue reading
On the June 2018 “Crossroads of Rockland History,” Clare Sheridan welcomed Virginia Norfleet, the founder of the Haverstraw African American Connection (HAAC). This organization was instrumental in the creation of the Haverstraw African American Memorial Park and Haverstraw’s Annual Juneteenth Celebration.
Norfleet spoke about the research she has done through the HAAC to uncover the rich culture and contributions of African Americans of Haverstraw, New York, the Juneteenth Celebrations and the importance of Memorial Park. Listen to the podcast here. Continue reading
On this month’s on “Crossroads of Rockland History,” Clare Sheridan explored the new exhibition at the Historical Society of Rockland County: “Jawonio: Moving Forward, Looking Back – Changing Lives of People with Special Needs for 70 Years” with Diana Hess (Chief Development Officer at Jawonio).
“Jawonio” is a Native American word that means “independence.” Founded in Rockland County in 1947 as the Rockland County Center for the Physically Handicapped & United Cerebral Palsy, Jawonio today is at the forefront of providing services that help people of all ages with special needs reach their potential and achieve independence.
This 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
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
This month on “Crossroads of Rockland History,” Clare Sheridan featured the 42nd Annual Holiday Exhibition at the Historical Society of Rockland County, entitled “Peace & Joy.”
In addition to miniatures and dollhouses, the exhibition features the art, miniatures and marionettes made by hand by Paul Peabody.
Clare Sheridan’s guest was Jeanne Peabody Walsh, Paul Peabody’s daughter, who spoke about her father’s life, work and art. Continue reading
This month on “Crossroads of Rockland History,” Clare Sheridan interviewed Selene Castrovilla. She discussed her new children’s book, Revolutionary Rogues: John André and Benedict Arnold, a riveting nonfiction picture book that unfolds like a play, telling a story from American history. Gravely injured and with little chance for more military honors, Major-General Benedict Arnold seeks reward and recognition another way. He contacts Major John André, the new head of British intelligence and another man determined to prove himself. Arnold and André strike a deal and use Arnold’s intelligence to take over West Point, the strategic American fort. The plan ultimately fails, leading to André’s capture and death and Arnold’s loss of reward and glory. Ms. Castrovilla and the book’s illustrator, John O’Brien, brilliantly capture the tensions and high drama of these two revolutionary rogues by highlighting their similarities and differences and demonstrating how they brought about their own tragic ends. The book also includes an afterword, timelines of the lives of both men, an extensive bibliography, and a list of key places to visit.
The Historical Society of Rockland County will host an illustrated presentation, by HSRC Education Coordinator Richard Donegan featuring Bob Burghardt’s “Vanishing Rockland Part I: Early Settlers, Farms & Commercial Crossroads” on Thursday, September 14, 2017 at 7:15 pm, in the History Center Community Room, 20 Zukor Road, New City. Continue reading
This 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.
The Historical Society of Rockland County will host the annual Rockland County Executive’s Historic Preservation Merit Awards, now in their 27th year.
These awards, presented during National Historic Preservation Month in May, recognize outstanding historic preservation efforts in Rockland County. Continue reading