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'Simple Gifts' 2013 Holiday Show

The Historical Society of Rockland County proudly announces the return of the ever-popular annual holiday exhibition now in its 38th year.  With a renewed effort to showcase highlights from the Historical Society’s permanent collection, Hudson Valley’s Tastemaker Ned Kelly will curate the show entitled, “Simple Gifts,”  which will be shown inside the historic Jacob Blauvelt House, c. 1832 (on the National Register of Historic Places).
In addition to selecting interesting, eclectic and unique items from the HSRC’s collection shelves, Ned Kelly 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.    
“It has been wonderful getting a chance to peruse the shelves of the HSRC.  Their collection includes so many interesting things that represent our unique County and its residents.  I am particularly fond of the original Berta and Elmer Hader holiday cards.  They are whimsical, graphic and colorful,” said Kelly.  
Susan Deeks, the HSRC’s Executive Director commented, “We feel fortunate to have Ned Kelly and his team as collaborators this year.  We hope that displaying part of our collection, all of which were gifts from generous members and friends, will remind viewers of yesteryear.  An added bonus is to have them surrounded by Ned Kelly’s beautiful décor.”
Opportunities to view the “Simple Gifts” exhibition and the holiday décor will be during the Society’s Holiday Programs, on Saturdays and Sundays from 12noon ‘til 4pm  and by appointment on weekdays between December 14 and January 12.  Exhibition Admission:  Adults $7; Seniors, Children (3 – 12) and Members:  $3; Children under 3:  Free
Holiday Program Details:
Saint Nicholas Day Program
December 7 and 8
The program will begin PROMPTLY at 
10:30am: 12:00pm; 1:30pm and 3:00pm each day
Space is Limited; Prepaid Reservations are required visit
Admission:  $5 per person (includes admission to Holiday Exhibition)
Candlelight Tours of the Jacob Blauvelt House
Sundays:  December 15, 22, 29 and January 5, 12
Tours begin promptly at 5pm and 6:30pm each evening
Space is Limited; Prepaid Reservations are required visit
Fee:  Adults $10; seniors and HSRC Members $8; Children $5 (includes admission to Holiday Exhibition)
As has been an ongoing tradition, The Historical Society is also delighted to announce our annual raffle!  Five lovely items will be offered as prizes with a total retail value of over $1,500.  Raffle tickets will be available throughout the duration of the exhibition!
For more information, call the Historical Society of Rockland County at 845-634-9629 or visit our website
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 located at 20 Zukor Road, New City, New York 10956. 


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