Historical Society of Rockland County

Historical Society of Rockland County The Historical Society of Rockland County, New York, is a 501 (c)(3) private organization chartered
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The Historical Society of Rockland County is located on five acres of landscaped grounds and consists of the History Center, Jacob Blauvelt Homestead, and Carriage House/Barn.The History Center (which is ADA-accessible) contains two museum galleries, a small museum shop, the Society's administrative offices and a library on the main level. The lower level contains collections storage and a Communi

ty Room used for meetings, lectures, and education programs. The Jacob Blauvelt Homestead is a two-story vernacular brick farmhouse built circa 1832, with later additions, that features six furnished period rooms . The Anglo-Dutch post-and-beam barn, built circa 1865, has 1,500 sqare feet of floor space used for exhibits of farm equipment, and demonstrations.

The 2023 Annual Appeal is underway. If you've already given, we're very grateful. If you haven't, we hope you'll conside...
11/28/2023

The 2023 Annual Appeal is underway. If you've already given, we're very grateful. If you haven't, we hope you'll consider making a donation today. To learn more about ways to donate to the HSRC, go to

11/24/2023
On behalf of the Staff, Trustees and Volunteers of the HSRC, Happy Thanksgiving! We are grateful for your support of our...
11/23/2023

On behalf of the Staff, Trustees and Volunteers of the HSRC, Happy Thanksgiving!

We are grateful for your support of our efforts to preserve and share the rich history of Rockland County.

Happy Thanksgiving to you and yours from all of us at the HSRC!
11/22/2023

Happy Thanksgiving to you and yours from all of us at the HSRC!

The new episode of Crossroads of Rockland History is streaming now!Listen to the podcast here :  https://on.soundcloud.c...
11/20/2023

The new episode of Crossroads of Rockland History is streaming now!

Listen to the podcast here : https://on.soundcloud.com/LbBXv
Or on any major podcast platforms.

Broadcast originally aired on Monday, November 20, 2023 at 9:30 AM, on WRCR Radio 1700 AM

We turned our attention to the Soap Box Derby. James Cassetta (History Librarian at the Pearl River Public Library) joined host Clare Sheridan to chronicle the derby's rollercoaster history—from its national origins to Pearl River’s thrilling ride; from its post–World War II arrival to a glorious rebirth and a second farewell in the 2000s.

Many of Mr. Cassetta's history presentations can be found at the Pearl River Library's page. His recent presentation about the Soap Box Derby can be viewed here: https://www.facebook.com/100009042950014/videos/1358503054803533/

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Many of the HSRC's radio broadcasts have been archived and are available as podcasts on the HSRC website, and on all major podcast platforms.

The Historical Society of Rockland County is a nonprofit educational institution and principal repository for original documents and artifacts relating to Rockland County. Its headquarters are a four-acre site featuring a history museum and the 1832 Jacob Blauvelt House in New City, New York.

50 Years Ago in  Clipped from the Journal News November 13, 1973A JAM-PACKED OPENING NIGHT IN NANUET[Image: Totie Fields...
11/17/2023

50 Years Ago in
Clipped from the Journal News November 13, 1973

A JAM-PACKED OPENING NIGHT IN NANUET
[Image: Totie Fields at Theater-Go-Round, Nanuet. Photograph by Al Witt]

Flashback Friday appears every Friday. To receive it in your email inbox, enter your email address at the bottom of the HSRC’s website landing page, or call the HSRC office to register your email at 845-634-9629.

This week’s full report can be found here: https://www.rocklandhistory.org/page.cfm?page=1089

Armistice Day Parade, Nyack, November 11, 1918Photographic postcard of an Armistice Day parade in Nyack, NY. The parade ...
11/11/2023

Armistice Day Parade, Nyack, November 11, 1918

Photographic postcard of an Armistice Day parade in Nyack, NY. The parade appears to be heading east along Main Street. Street is filled with marchers, American flags and parade viewers line the street.

Some store fronts and signs are visible. November 11, 1918 was generally regarded as the end of the "war to end all wars."

In November 1919, President Wilson proclaimed November 11 as the first commemoration of Armistice Day with the following words: "To us in America, the reflections of Armistice Day will be filled with solemn pride in the heroism of those who died in the country's service and with gratitude for the victory, both because of the thing from which it has freed us and because of the opportunity it has given America to show her sympathy with peace and justice in the councils of the nations.

To read about the history of veterans day, visit the the US Dept. of Veterans Affairs here: https://department.va.gov/veterans-day/history-of-veterans-day/

Please join us in honoring all who have served.

www.RocklandHistory.org

Soapbox Derby History!
11/01/2023

Soapbox Derby History!

From National Origins to Pearl River's Thrilling Ride: Jim Cassetta Chronicles the Soap Box Derby's Rollercoaster History, from Post-WWII Arrival to a Glorious Rebirth and a Second Farewell in the 2000s.

50 Years ago in  Hallowe’en 1973 Clipped from the Journal News 📸Art Sarno Pearl River youngsters Susan Donato, Kieran Do...
10/31/2023

50 Years ago in
Hallowe’en 1973 Clipped from the Journal News
📸Art Sarno

Pearl River youngsters Susan Donato, Kieran Doyle, Russell Young join Christopher Martorano and Christine Roberts, left to right, in modeling Halloween masks.

To all who celebrate, we hope you have a safe and fun Hallowe’en! 🎃

On this day in 1981 (October 20), a Brink's armored truck pulled up to an entrance to the Nanuet Mall in the rear parkin...
10/20/2023

On this day in 1981 (October 20), a Brink's armored truck pulled up to an entrance to the Nanuet Mall in the rear parking lot. And so began an event that changed many aspects of Rockland County. In fact, the impact of this event continues to shape our community.

We hope you will join us in taking time today in silence and reflection for the lives that were lost on this tragic day: Peter Paige, Edward O'Grady and Waverly “Chipper" Brown.

The Historical Society of Rockland County seeks volunteers to help deliver a wide range of programs, from tours of the h...
10/17/2023

The Historical Society of Rockland County seeks volunteers to help deliver a wide range of programs, from tours of the historic Jacob Blauvelt homestead to local history meet-ups, lectures, and special holiday events. Exercise your creativity in an educational and entertaining environment! Volunteers of all ages are welcome!

The new episode of Crossroads of Rockland History is streaming now!  The broadcast originally aired on Monday, October 1...
10/16/2023

The new episode of Crossroads of Rockland History is streaming now! The broadcast originally aired on Monday, October 16, 2023 at 9:30 am, on WRCR Radio 1700 AM

Listen to the podcast here: https://on.soundcloud.com/DoxQr

Frank Eberling and his brother Ray Eberling, New City natives, joined host Clare Sheridan for a discussion about the early days of New City and the wagon that their grand father used to carry mail on New City’s Rural Free Delivery routes at the turn of the 20th century.

Since the 1970s, when it was donated to our collection by the late Dr. Anthony Pavia, D.C., of New City, the HSRC has had in our possession this horse-drawn wagon. Ray and Frank are now working with the HSRC to restore it for display at the History Center in New City.

About the guests: Ray Eberling is a retired US Air Force lieutenant-colonel who holds a master’s in American studies from the University of Heidelberg (Germany) and has volunteered for many years with the University of Florida’s Samuel Proctor Oral History Program. Frank Eberling has been a filmmaker in South Florida for fifty years, producing more than 3,000 film and television broadcast projects as producer, writer, director, or cinematographer. He is also the author of the New City-based mystery novels Low Tor, Demarest Kill, and Jimmy Van Meter’s Last Refrain.

Ray and Frank Eberling will be visiting the HSRC with a presentation on this project: “The Eberling Mail Wagon: Rural Free Delivery in New City in the Early 20th Century,” on Thursday, October 26, 2023, 7 pm, at the Historical Society of Rockland County. Admission is $FREE, but reservations are required. Donations toward restoration of the mail wagon are gratefully accepted.

For details and the ticket link, click here: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/the-eberling-mail-wagon-rural-free-delivery-in-new-city-tickets-706048328557?utm_experiment=test_share_listing&aff=ebdsshios

Frank Eberling will also be appearing at the New City Library on Monday, October 23, 7 pm, to speak about New City-inspired fiction. This is an in-person and virtual presentation. Reserve your spot for that event at https://newcity.librarycalendar.com.
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Wow!  Thanks for helping us reach the milestone of 5,200 likes on Facebook!  Welcome to our new friends, and thanks to t...
10/12/2023

Wow! Thanks for helping us reach the milestone of 5,200 likes on Facebook! Welcome to our new friends, and thanks to those who’ve been here for awhile!

Our mission is to preserve and share the rich history of Rockland County. We're so glad you like what we do!

Please share our page with friends and help us reach new history enthusiasts! And please consider becoming a member.

www.RocklandHidtory.org

This SUNDAY, the HSRC will be at the 10th Annual Fall Family Festival with Heritage of West Nyack and the Town of Clarks...
10/11/2023

This SUNDAY, the HSRC will be at the 10th Annual Fall Family Festival with Heritage of West Nyack and the Town of Clarkstown!

We hope to see you there!

🍁When: Sunday, October 15, 2023, 12-4 pm, rain or shine!
🍁Where: 131 Germonds Road, adjacent to Germonds Park, West Nyack
🍁Admission: $FREE

Highlighting the Onderdonk-Tallman-Budke and Vanderbilt-Budke-Traphagen Houses
Listed on the State and National Registers of Historic Places
131 Germonds Road, West Nyack

We are very pleased to be co-sponsoring this festival with Heritage of West Nyack and the Town of Clarkstown.

Fun for the whole family! Swipe through to see the schedule of events. Or visit our blog: https://www.tumblr.com/rocklandhistoryblog/730899880952938496/this-sunday-the-hsrc-will-be-at-the-10th-annual

FREE parking at Germonds Park and an easy stroll on the sidewalk to the Historic Vanderbilt/Traphagen and Tallman/Budke Houses. Clarkstown Mini Bus Shuttle will also be providing transportation to and from the properties.

It’s hard to believe it’s been one year since “Pretty Penny” was officially designated as Rockland County’s first Litera...
10/10/2023

It’s hard to believe it’s been one year since “Pretty Penny” was officially designated as Rockland County’s first Literary LandmarkTM*, honoring the late Helen Hayes and Charles MacArthur, owners of “Pretty Penny” from 1932-1993. The Literary LandmarksTM Register, The Empire State Center for the Book, and the Pretty Penny Literary Landmark Committee celebrated Hayes and MacArthur and the new designation with events and programs over the 3-day weekend benefitting Rivertown Film, ArtsRock, the HSRC, and the Nyack Library.

The Literary LandmarkTM plaque is now mounted on the exterior wall of Pretty Penny, (235 North Broadway, Nyack).

Images:
🔹The plaque at Pretty Penny
🔹Joyce Bulifant (Hayes and MacArthur’s daughter-in-law) in her one-woman show “Remembering Helen Hayes with Love” presented by ArtsRock
🔹Joyce Bulifant, State Senator Elijah Reichlin-Melnick; Joel Vig (Hayes Family Friend and Event Organizer); Rocco Staino (Empire State Center for the Book) at Pretty Penny
🔹Mary Hayes MacArthur McClure and Charlie MacArthur (Hayes’s and MacArthur’s grandchildren) with Pretty Penny in the background. 📸

October 10, 2023 marks the 123 birthday of Helen Hayes. 🌹 🎂 🌹

* Literary LandmarksTM is a program of United for Libraries, a Division of the American Library Association.

10/09/2023

Just a reminder that the HSRC respects the right of all of our friends and followers to hold different opinions. However, political opinions, especially based in current events, are inappropriate in our threads and will be removed.

As the U.S. celebrates Columbus Day, many locations will be celebrating a parallel but different day: Indigenous Peoples...
10/09/2023

As the U.S. celebrates Columbus Day, many locations will be celebrating a parallel but different day: Indigenous Peoples Day. It is important to note that the movement is positive. It’s not anti-Columbus but actively celebrating indigenous peoples.

In honor of the indigenous peoples of our area, The Munsee, we share this fine example of a cooking vessel, dated c. 1000 BC – 1500 AD. This treasured artifact was a generous gift to the HSRC from Lewis Dumont.

Pottery vessels were used for storage and cooking. A vessel this size (approx. h. 9 inches) would have most likely been used for an individual or small family. Cooking vessels would have been supported by a circle of rocks and heated by either a fire around the pot or by hot stones dropped into it.

The pottery was made of clay that was tempered with sand or finely ground shells. The vessels were made by forming the pot over a basket or a gourd and using the coil method, or by beginning with a round ball of clay and hitting it with a piece of wood to shape it. The pottery was dried, and then fired for several hours.

Pipes were also made with the same material, and formed on a straw mold that burned away when the pipe was fired.

This vessel is on view as part of our semi-permanent exhibition "Rockland Voices.”

  The Father of the FlagNews from yesteryearOctober 4, 1873 – 150 YEARS AGOExcerpt from the Rockland County JournalTHE F...
10/06/2023

The Father of the Flag
News from yesteryear

October 4, 1873 – 150 YEARS AGO
Excerpt from the Rockland County Journal

THE FATHER OF THE FLAG.
BY GEORGE W. BUNGAY.
In 1813, the flag of the United States was changed, at the suggestion of the Hon. P. H. Wendover, of New York. A return was made to the thirteen stripes, as it was anticipated the flag would become unwieldy should a stripe be needed on the admission of each new State. He also proposed the arrangement of all the stars into the form of a single star, The resolution of 1813 was as follows:
Resolved, That from and after the Fourth of July, the flag of the United States be thirteen horizontal stripes, alternate white and red; that the union be twenty stars, white in a blue field, and that on the admission of a new state one star be added to the flag.

The patriot, Wendover of old,
suggested stripes, and stars of gold,
For the true standard of the free.
For when our infant nation bled,
He saw the smoking streams of red,
And the blue overhead—
The emblem of fidelity.

He saw the soft is gleaming through
The radiant fields of azure hue,
A gentle hint by nature given—
To patriots pure and brave and wise,
And copied from the glowing skies,
The starry banner nature flies,
The flag that God unfolds in Heaven.

This statesman looked to God on high,
And copied from the star-lit sky
The beautiful and grand design.
The RED is courage in the fight,
And purity is stained the WHITE,
The BLUE sprinkled with stars of light,
Gives to our flag a light divine.

The generations yet unborn,
When they behold the streaks of morn,
And the star glory of the night,
Shall point with pride to one of old,
Who filled our flag with stars of gold,
And tide red the blazing fold
With the broad lines of red and white.

Though baptized in the battles blast,
It waves today from from tower and mast,
O, May it wave without surcease;
The symbol of the brave and free,
Like star-rise on a summer sea,
Lighting our ship of destiny
To centuries of hope and peace.

  in 1780 (Oct. 2) British Major John André was hanged as a spy at Tappan, New York Image: “The Unfortunate Death of Maj...
10/02/2023

in 1780 (Oct. 2) British Major John André was hanged as a spy at Tappan, New York

Image: “The Unfortunate Death of Major André,” from The New Complete and Authentic History of England, BARNARD Edward Published by Author, London, 1782

A reproduction of this print is part of the HSRC’s collection and is on view now as part of our exhibition entitled Rockland Voices.

To read more about the Treason of the Revolution, visit our archived issue of South of the Mountains,1963, Vol. 7, No. 4 : https://nyheritage.contentdm.oclc.org/digital/collection/hsrc/id/940/rec/1

www.RocklandHistory.org

Please note the CHANGE OF DATE!
09/29/2023

Please note the CHANGE OF DATE!

🚨 COLONIAL DAY CANCELLED DUE TO HEAVY RAINS. WE HOPE TO SEE YOU NEXT YEAR!☔️☔️☔️☔️☔️☔️☔️☔️☔️☔️☔️☔️☔️☔️☔️☔️☔️TAPPANTOWN H...
09/28/2023

🚨 COLONIAL DAY CANCELLED DUE TO HEAVY RAINS. WE HOPE TO SEE YOU NEXT YEAR!
☔️☔️☔️☔️☔️☔️☔️☔️☔️☔️☔️☔️☔️☔️☔️☔️☔️
TAPPANTOWN HISTORICAL SOCIETY’S COLONIAL DAY RETURNS!

After a hiatus of three years imposed by the pandemic, Colonial Day will be held on September 30, 2023 on the DeWint House Grounds in Tappan, NY from noon until 4PM.

Demonstrators will include a blacksmith, a sheep shearer, a woodworker, colonial dancers, fifes and drums, the Hudson Valley Quilters, tarot card reader, and cooking demonstration in the DeWint House kitchen. The Carriage House Museum will be open for tours.

Craft activities are candle dipping, making tussie mussies and mob caps, stenciling, writing with quill pen, and cider pressing.

A refreshment table will offer hot dogs, apples, donuts, cookies, popcorn, water, and soda.

Admission is free but tickets are required for the craft activities.

   in 1780 (9/22) in the early morning hours,  in the woods near Haverstraw, American General Benedict Arnold and Britis...
09/22/2023

in 1780 (9/22) in the early morning hours, in the woods near Haverstraw, American General Benedict Arnold and British Major John André plotted the surrender of the American fortress at West Point. While attempting to return to British lines, André was captured by American soldiers. He was tried, convicted and hanged as a spy at Tappan on October 2, 1780. Arnold escaped capture and joined the British army.

Image: John André, A Representation of Major John André…going from the Vulture Sloop of War, aquatint, circa 1781. Image appeared in our quarterly history journal "South of the Mountains" Vol. 18, No. 2, 1974

This engraving was done from a sketch drawn by André on the morning of his ex*****on. It depicts him being rowed across the Hudson River to his fateful meeting with Benedict Arnold. The caption reads in part: “A representation of Major John André, Adjutant General to the Kings Forces in North America, going from the Vulture Sloop of War to the shore of Haverstraw Bay in Hudsons River the Night of the 23d. of September 1780, in a Boat which was sent for him . . . under the Sanction of a Flag of Truce, by Major General Arnold, who then commanded the Rebel Forces in that district. The above is an exact Copy of a Drawing sketch’d with a Pen by Major André himself, the Morning on which he was to have been executed . . . and found on his Table with other Papers the next day (being that of his Death) by his servant, and delivered by him on his arrival at New York to Lieut. Colonel Crosbie of the 22d. Regiment, who has caused this Engraving to be taken from the Original in his Possession, as a small Mark of his Friendship for that very valuable and unfortunate officer.”

Receiving “South of the Mountains” every quarter is a tangible benefit of membership in the HSRC.

Learn about membership here: http://www.rocklandhistory.org/product.cfm?category=17

To listen to a 30-minute podcast about the Treason of the Revolution with Thano Schoppel click here: https://on.soundcloud.com/cgFJv

www.RocklandHistory.org

09/21/2023

Piermont Historical Society

TIME IS RUNNING OUT! RESERVE YOUR SEATS WHILE THEY LAST!The Historical Society of Rockland County and Rockland Center fo...
09/20/2023

TIME IS RUNNING OUT! RESERVE YOUR SEATS WHILE THEY LAST!

The Historical Society of Rockland County and Rockland Center for the Arts Invite You to Join Us for a Film Screening and Panel Discussion
The Murals: The Story of the Uptown Post Office Murals and Sullivan, Sandburg, Poor

When: Saturday, September 30, 2023
Where: 2:00 pm screening, HSRC Community Room, 20 Zukor Road, New City (www.rocklandhistory.org)
7:00 pm screening, Rockland Center for the Arts, 27 South Greenbush Road, West Nyack (www.rocklandartcenter.org)

Admission: $FREE (Reservations are required and donations are appreciated)

Click here for details: https://www.tumblr.com/rocklandhistoryblog/726457308871344128/film-screening-and-panel-discussion-the-murals

The new episode of Crossroads of Rockland History is streaming now.  Episode 155 aired Monday, September 18, 2023 at 9:3...
09/18/2023

The new episode of Crossroads of Rockland History is streaming now. Episode 155 aired Monday, September 18, 2023 at 9:30 am, on WRCR 1700 AM Radio.

Listen here: https://on.soundcloud.com/cgFJv

or on all major podcast platforms.

We explored one of the most significant historical events in Rockland History: the Treason of the Revolution.

On September 22, 1780, American General Benedict Arnold and British Major John André met in the woods along the Hudson shoreline in Rockland County, and there began an act of treason that would become a pivotal point in the Revolutionary War.

We revisited an earlier episode during which host Clare Sheridan explored the history of the André-Arnold affair and discussed the people and places involved in this fascinating story of betrayal, secrecy, and deception with local historian Thano Schoppel of Tappan.
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For more about Arnold and André, check out:

—Tappantown Historical Society Colonial Day on Saturday, September 30, 2023, 12–4 pm. Great for families. Admissions is $FREE. For information, visit www.tappantown.org.
—“A Spy in Our Midst—Major John André,” permanent exhibition on the Arnold-André Affair at the Salyer House, Orangetown Historical Museum & Archives. For information, visit www.orangetownmuseum.com
— Culper Spy Ring, independent study project by Andrea Meyer. For information, visit https://wp.nyu.edu/archivesandpublichistory/2009/10/05/congrats-to-andrea-meyer.
— Revolutionary Rogues: John André and Benedict Arnold, Hardcover—Picture Book, published September 19, 2017, by Selene Castrovilla (author) and John O'Brien (illustrator). For information, visit https://www.goodreads.com/review/show/3007015936

40 Years ago in Rockland HistoryRosh Hashanah, 1983📸Warren Inglese the Journal News The Trustees, staff and volunteers a...
09/15/2023

40 Years ago in Rockland History
Rosh Hashanah, 1983
📸Warren Inglese the Journal News

The Trustees, staff and volunteers at the HSRC wish a happy and healthy new year to all who celebrate!

26th Annual Dinner * Nyack Seaport * September 10, 2023Rockland County Executive's Historic Preservation AwardsCongratul...
09/12/2023

26th Annual Dinner * Nyack Seaport * September 10, 2023

Rockland County Executive's Historic Preservation Awards

Congratulations to author Justin Duerr, winner of a 2023 Special Commendation for the publication of his monumental art book "Herbert Crowley: The Temple of Silence." His meticulous research to uncover the story included excursions into academic archives and libraries, including time in Rockland County at the HSRC.

26th Annual Dinner * Nyack Seaport * September 10, 2023Rockland County Executive's Historic Preservation AwardsCongratul...
09/12/2023

26th Annual Dinner * Nyack Seaport * September 10, 2023

Rockland County Executive's Historic Preservation Awards

Congratulations to Andrew Asgar, CPA, for winning the 2023 Rehabilitation Award for his sensitive adaptive reuse of 125 East Central Avenue, Pearl River -- formerly St. Stephen's Episcopal Church and later the Sitzmark Ski shop -- as offices for his Certified Public Accounting firm. Rehabilitation "acknowledges the need to alter or add to a historic property to meet continuing or changing uses while retaining the property's historic character."

26th Annual Dinner * Nyack Seaport * September 10, 2023Rockland County Executive's Historic Preservation AwardsCongratul...
09/12/2023

26th Annual Dinner * Nyack Seaport * September 10, 2023

Rockland County Executive's Historic Preservation Awards

Congratulations to Supervisor George Hoehmann, Town of Clarkstown, and Stephen Tilly, Architect, for winning the 2023 Preservation/Restoration Award for their important and meticulous restoration of the 18th century Dutch sandstone Onderdonck-Tallman-Budke house in West Nyack. Restoration "is accurately recovering the form or details of a property and its setting as it appeared at a particular period of time by removing non-historic modifications or replacing or reproducing missing earlier work."

26th Annual Dinner * Nyack Seaport * September 10, 2023Rockland County Executive's Historic Preservation AwardsCongratul...
09/12/2023

26th Annual Dinner * Nyack Seaport * September 10, 2023

Rockland County Executive's Historic Preservation Awards

Congratulations to the Haverstraw Brick Museum Center for Historic Preservation -- Richard Sena, President; Rachel Whitlow, Executive Director -- winner of the 2023 Preservation Leadership Award for "individuals, groups, and government agencies that display outstanding leadership or continuing contribution to the preservation of historic resources in Rockland County."

26th Annual Dinner * Nyack Seaport * September 10, 2023Congratulations to honoree Dr. Arlene Clinkscale, Rockland County...
09/12/2023

26th Annual Dinner * Nyack Seaport * September 10, 2023

Congratulations to honoree Dr. Arlene Clinkscale, Rockland County's "Living Landmark" for 2023

26th Annual Dinner * Nyack Seaport * September 10, 2023Congratulations to honoree Judge Victor Alfieri, winner of the 20...
09/12/2023

26th Annual Dinner * Nyack Seaport * September 10, 2023

Congratulations to honoree Judge Victor Alfieri, winner of the 2023 Community Service Award

26th Annual Dinner * Nyack Seaport * September 10, 2023Congratulations to honoree Marjorie Johnson, Editor, South of the...
09/12/2023

26th Annual Dinner * Nyack Seaport * September 10, 2023

Congratulations to honoree Marjorie Johnson, Editor, South of the Mountains, winner of the 2023 Lifetime Service Award

Our thanks to all who came out to The Nyack Seaport on Sunday evening to support the Historical Society of Rockland Coun...
09/12/2023

Our thanks to all who came out to The Nyack Seaport on Sunday evening to support the Historical Society of Rockland County and celebrate our Honorees and Award Winners at the 26th Annual Dinner.

Special thanks go to Christine and Rod Patton of Garrison; Jennifer Rothschild, HSRC director of programming; and volunteers Kay Levinson and Jeanne Zeitvogel for the beautiful table arrangements and for help to get the room ready for our event.

Please join us in remembering all who were impacted by the tragic events of September 11, 2001.   🇺🇸Photo:  9-11 Memoria...
09/11/2023

Please join us in remembering all who were impacted by the tragic events of September 11, 2001. 🇺🇸

Photo: 9-11 Memorial, Haverstraw
📷 © Dorice Arden

 -News from YesteryearImage:  Factory of J. E. Braunsdorf & Company. Aetna sewing machines were manufactured here. Later...
09/08/2023

-News from Yesteryear

Image: Factory of J. E. Braunsdorf & Company. Aetna sewing machines were manufactured here. Later this site became the Dexter industrial complex. This print is found in the 1876 "Combination Atlas Map of Rockland County." Courtesy of Nyack Library Local History Room via NYHeritage.org

September 6, 1873 - Excerpt from the ROCKLAND COUNTY JOURNAL – 150 Years Ago

A GLANCE AT PEARL RIVER

You need not think, friends, that we intend to give you information of a river wherein you may fish for pearls as easily as little boys fish for sunfish and shiners. The pearls which ornament the diadems of princes and shed their soft beauty over the brows of grandeur, are not won by such playful means. Human toil and human lives alone bring them from their resting places in the deep, and very seldom indeed is the toil properly rewarded, or the lives properly appreciated.

The Pearl River of which we wish to have a short chat with you, is of a different nature in several respects, in others similar. To secure the pearls you will be called upon to labor, for unlike many other newly laid out villages, labor is its foundation stone. Situated in the midst of a magnificent farming district, it promises to become at no distant day one of the most attractive places in our county. The land is high, fertile and bounds in choice building sites. The new village contains a good hotel, well built and occupying an excellent position, without, however, making pretension to the exclusive support of the fashionable birds of passage. In addition to this, it has a good store, post-office, lumber and coal yards, and various other business places. A very large manufactory is in rapid process of er****on for the AEtna Sewing Machine Company, which will give employment to hundreds of persons. The building is of brick and lies in close proximity to the Hackensack Extension Railroad, thus giving the Company unequaled facilities for the transportation of their machines over all the branches of the Erie Railway, which is equivalent to saying through-out the United States.

To the enterprise and enlarged public spirit of Mr. Julius E. Braunsdorf, seconded by a few others who appreciated his efforts, Pearl River owes its existence. There is nothing ephemeral or showy about the place, neither would it be attractive at the present time to fashionable idlers. Yet we predict that before the lapse of many years, Pearl River will be one of the most active and prosperous villages in the whole of Rockland County. Coincident with the finishing of the manufactory, Mr. Braunsdorf will have completed a considerable number of tasteful and convenient cottages, in which the operatives may enjoy the comforts of home, better than could be obtained in the crowded city. Mr. Braunsdorf is a gentleman of enlarged, liberal views, and does not think that the producing classes should live in huts. We shall look to the future of Pearl River with more than ordinary interest and shall record its future improvements with genuine pleasure.
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Full report at our website: https://www.rocklandhistory.org/page.cfm?page=1071
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So happy to see the kast in its new home in Upper Saddle River, where it can be cared for and displayed for the public t...
09/07/2023

So happy to see the kast in its new home in Upper Saddle River, where it can be cared for and displayed for the public to learn from and enjoy!

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