39th Annual Holiday Exhibition

2014 Holiday Programs Image
Decor by Ned Kelly
Decor by Ned Kelly
"Pretty Paper" - Giant Paper Doll
"The Joy of Toys" Barbie Timeline
December 06, 2014 —January 11, 2015

The Historical Society of Rockland County Proudly Announces the Return of the
Ever Popular Annual Holiday Exhibition, Now in Its 39th Year!

When: December 14, 2014-January 11, 2015 on Saturdays and Sundays (noon-4 pm) without appointment and on weekdays by appointment between December 14 and January 11, as well as during the HSRC's Holiday Programs (see below). Please note that the exhibitions are CLOSED on Christmas Day (December 25) and New Year's Day (January 1).

Admission: Adults, $7;  Members, Seniors, & Children (age 3–12), $3; Children under 3: $FREE. Admission to the annual Holiday Exhibition is also included in the price of the HSRC Holiday Programs.

"Pretty Paper" at the Jacob Blauvelt House
In the historic Jacob Blauvelt House, we will continue our efforts to showcase highlights from the Historical Society’s permanent collection, as Hudson Valley’s Tastemaker Ned Kelly returns to curate “Pretty Paper.” In addition to selecting interesting, eclectic, and unique items from the HSRC’s collection shelves, Ned and his team, using their “perfect-pitch taste,” will decorate the historic Jacob Blauvelt House, enhancing the charming spaces with exquisite beauty and refined elegance for the holidays. Highlights from the HSRC permanent collection include paper in many forms—such as holiday cards by the beloved
Rockland artist Robert Burghardt, charming antique paper dolls, and more. As the principal repository for original documents and artifacts relating to Rockland County, the HSRC is proud to continue to share a portion of our collection with the public.

“The Joy of Toys” at the History Center
As a prelude to kicking off the Historical Society's Golden Anniversary Year in 2015, the History Center will showcase toys of the past 50 years. This partially “hands-on” exhibition will take a lighthearted look back at the 1960s and 1970s with whimsical display of Hanukkah and Christmas gift-giving “blasts from the past.” Highlights include our traditional dollhouses, along with a timeline of Barbie dolls from 1965 to today, games, puzzles, and much more.

“The Joy of Toys” and “Pretty Paper,” together with Ned Kelly's holiday décor, will be open for viewing on Saturdays and Sundays (noon-4 pm) without appointment and on weekdays by appointment between December 14 and January 11, as well as during the HSRC's Holiday Programs (see below).

As has been an ongoing tradition, the HSRC is also delighted to announce our annual raffle! Raffle tickets will be available throughout the duration of the exhibition!

Program Details

Saint Nicholas Day

DatesSaturday, December 6, and Sunday, December 7
Times: Programs begin PROMPTLY at 10:30; 12 pm; 1:30 pm and 3 pm each day
Admission: $5 per person (adults and children). Space is limited, and pre-paid reservations are required.

Visit the Historical Society of Rockland County for an unforgettable experience of wonder and fun! We’re opening our 1832 Jacob Blauvelt House to welcome children of all ages to celebrate St. Nicholas, just as we’ve done since 1961. This traditional program is a highlight of the holiday season. Many adults who enjoyed this event as children now bring their own families. Why not begin your own tradition and stop by? Each child receives a special treat from Saint Nicholas in his or her shoe, and everyone can visit with Saint Nicholas and his horse! Enjoy refreshments and visit our 39th Annual Holiday Exhibition (included in event price). For more information, click here.

Candlelight Tours of the Jacob Blauvelt House

Dates: Sundays, December 14, 21, and 28 and January 11
Times: Tours begin PROMPTLY at 5 and 6:30 each evening
Admission: Adults, $10; Seniors and HSRC Members $8; Children, $5. Space is limited, and pre-paid reservations are required.

Spend an enchanted evening at the historic 1832 Jacob Blauvelt farmhouse. The evening is magical as the historic house is illuminated with candlelight and lanterns, fragrant with traditional sweets and decorated with festive greenery. Experience Dutch American holiday traditions of the 1830s with 19th century music and song. The ticket price includes admission to the 39th Annual Holiday Exhibition. We are proud to be a designated “Path Through History” site.   For more information, click here.


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