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October 2012 Is Rockland History Month

October is Rockland History Month
October is Rockland History Month

September 25, 2012


The Historical Society of Rockland County will celebrate

Rockland History Month in October with Special Events



October is Rockland History Month, and to celebrate, The Historical Society of Rockland County will offer several events.  First, they will celebrate the region's best traditions at the Fall Family Festival on the grounds of the Historical Society of Rockland County, Sunday, October 14th from 11:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m.    Festival attendees will observe demonstrations of quilting, candle making, wool carding and others. Children can decorate a pumpkin, write with a quill pen, and create clothespin dolls, try stencil art and more!  Food will be available and music will be provided by Ramapo Fault, Rockland’s old-time string band.  It’s also a great opportunity to step inside the historic 1832 Jacob Blauvelt farmhouse and learn about life in 19th century Rockland County.  The house will be open for guided tours all afternoon.  Don’t miss the oddball antics as Dikki Ellis offers a classic old time circus performance with a new age twist.  And be sure to visit our storyteller as she recounts the legend of Naut Kaniff, the last witch of West Nyack and Nickel-O Farms will bring a pony for children to ride from 11am – 1pm.  There will be something for everyone at this outdoor event. 


Fall Festival Details:  October 14, 2012.  11am – 4pm.  On the Grounds of the Jacob Blauvelt House located at 20 Zukor Road, New City, NY.  Reservations are not required.  Entry fees are $7.00 for adults and $3.00 for HSRC members, seniors and children 3 – 12; children under age 3 are free.   Parking is free.  The festival takes place at The Historical Society of Rockland County, 20 Zukor Road, New City, NY.  As this is an outdoor festival, in the event of rain, it will be cancelled. To learn more about the Fall Family Festival, click here:


Next, the Historical Society of Rockland County will continue its long tradition of presenting Historical House Tours.  These tours, going back over 40 years are fund-raising events for the Society and at the same time they promote awareness of local history and our beautiful built environment.


This year the tour will take place in the village of Haverstraw, on Saturday, October 20th from 10am – 4pm.  Village Historian Steven Cobb and Mayor Michael Kohut have been working with the HSRC to plan a tour that will showcase village’s warmth and charm.  This year’s self-guided tour offers a look at historically significant buildings of Haverstraw (including 3 on the National Register of Historic Places) together with eclectic and charming residences.


Historical House Tour Details:  October 20, 2012.  10am – 4pm.  Advance ticket reservations:  $ 35 

Visit OR call 1-800-838-3006.   Day of event tickets:  $40 at Haverstraw Village Hall, 40 New Main Street, Haverstraw, NY.   To learn more click here:


Other History Month events include:

A bus trip through Ramapo and lunch with County Historian Craig Long on October 27th.  To learn more about this unique day-trip, click here:


Two informative and interesting exhibitions will be on view at the History Center located at 20 Zukor Road in New City.  The first is  Letchworth Village:  The Village Years which commemorates the centennial of Letchworth Village through the photographic images of Margaret Bourke White.  The curator of this exhibition will be at the HSRC for a special gallery talk on Thursday, October 18th at 7:15pm.  This will be a rare opportunity to listen to Mr. McCarthy speak about this interesting and informative exhibition.  Admission to the Gallery Talk is free, but reservations are required.  The second exhibition that will be on view is Rockland Voices, an exhibition made possible by Provident Bank Charitable Foundation, which tells the stories of interesting people, places and events in Rockland History using highlights from the Society’s permanent collections.   These two exhibitions will be on view through October 31, 2012.


To learn more about Letchworth Village, the Village Years, click here:


To learn more about the Letchworth Gallery Talk with guest curator Kerwin McCarthy, click here:


To learn more about Rockland Voices, click here:


For more information about all of the Rockland History Month Events at The Historical Society of Rockland County, visit or call 845-634-9629.


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