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Rockland County Courthouse
Rockland County Courthouse

Holiday Candlelight Tours

When: December 13 & 20, 2015, January 10 & 17, 2016
Times: Tours start PROMPTLY at 5 and 6:30
Price: Adults (non-HSRC members) - $10; Seniors and HSRC Members - $8; Children - $5.

Spend an enchanted evening at the historic 1832 Jacob Blauvelt farmhouse, illuminated with candlelight and lanterns, fragrant with traditional sweets, and decorated with festive greenery. Experience Dutch American holiday traditions of the 1830s with nineteenth century music and song and seasonal refreshments. Prepaid reservations are required. Space is limited. The reservation price includes admission to the 40th Annual Holiday Exhibition.

Saint Nicholas Day at the Historical Society of Rockland County

When: Saturday, December 5, and Sunday, December 6. Programs at 10:30 am, 12:00 pm, 1:30 pm, 3:00 pm. Program duration: 45 minutes
Where: Jacob Blauvelt House, 20 Zukor Road, New City
Price: $5 per person (adults and children)

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 Saint Nicholas as we’ve done since 1961. This traditional program is a highlight of the holiday season, and many adults who enjoyed this event in the past, as children, now bring their own families. Join in the traditional Dutch celebration: see shoes magically filled with goodies; hear wondrous and joyful stories; enjoy holiday refreshments; meet Saint Nicholas and his beautiful horse. Why not begin your own tradition and join us? Each child receives a special treat in his or her shoe from Saint Nicholas, and everyone can visit with Saint Nicholas and his horse! Enjoy refreshments and visit our 40th Annual Holiday Exhibition. 

Bus Daytrip: The Pipe Organs of Central Rockland County

When: Saturday, November 14, 2015
Where: Bus leaves La Terrazza Restaurant, 291 South Main Street, New City, at 8:45 am; trip concludes at 2 pm, after lunch
Price: $64/person (HSRC members); $69/person (non-members). Includes bus transportation, guided tours, and lunch.

Our bus tour will travel to sites of several of Central Rockland’s most historic and well-known pipe organs, including United Church of Spring Valley; Nauraushaun Presbyterian Church; Good Shepherd Lutheran Church; Germonds Presbyterian Church; and St. Paul’s Lutheran Church. We will experience these instruments as their organists present classical, sacred and popular selections. Our day will conclude with a buffet luncheon at La Terrazza, 291 South Main Street, New City. The 2015 History in Your Own Backyard series has been made possible by generous contributions from Germonds Presbyterian Church and I LOVE NY.

Golden Anniversary Lecture: "Growing Up in Rockland"

When: Thursday, October 22, 2015, 7:15 pm SHARP
Where: HSRC Community Room, 20 Zukor Road, New City, NY
Price: $FREE, but space is limited, and reservations are required

“Share, Listen and Learn” is an oral history project that serves to collect and preserve the stories of Rockland County’s senior citizens. Brian Jennings, the history librarian at the New City Library, will share segments of these interviews as part of a collaborative effort with local historical and governmental agencies to highlight important aspects of life in Rockland County over the past 50-75 years. Brian Jennings is currently the History Librarian at the New City Library. He was previously the History Librarian at the Nyack Library. In these roles, Brian has taken the lead in preserving and distributing Rockland County's many rich sources of local history using digital technologies. Through the digitization of historical photographs and newspapers, he has increased the availability of these resources significantly. In addition, he has worked diligently to record and preserve oral histories of local residents. These digital archives are a valuable resource to our entire community.

2015 Annual Fall Family Festival

When: Sunday, October 18, 2015, 12-5 pm, rain or shine!
Where: 131 Germonds Road at Germonds Park, West Nyack
Admission: $FREE

Co-sponsored with Heritage of West Nyack and the Town of Clarkstown; showcasing the Historic Traphagen and Vanderbilt/Budke Houses. Enjoy Live Music by Fireball Mail, Raffles, Craft Demonstrations and more: Children’s Games and Crafts (Stencil Art, Writing with a Quill Pen and more); Hayride (12:30-3:30 pm); Pony Rides (2-4 pm) and Petting Zoo by Nickel-O Farms, West Nyack; Pumpkin Picking, Decorating and Painting; Honey Bee presentation by Ron Breland; Lace Making Demonstration by Mayra Petretti - Metropolitan Chapter IOLI in north wing of Traphagen House; Pen Turning Workshop, Hudson Valley Wood Turners, for ages 12 and up (pre-registration is appreciated, please email: lstambler@gmail.com); Soap Making Demonstration by Wendy Lee MacDowell; Walking Tour - Vision of the Re-creation of Traphagen Farm by Rockland Farm Alliance at 2:00 pm. Meet at Vanderbilt/Budke House. Food Vendors & Refreshments for Purchase. Free Mini Golf at adjacent Germonds Park (pick up ticket at Raffle Table)

To see photos from last year's festival, visit our FLICKR album of photos by HSRC Trustee Dorice Madronero, go to https://www.flickr.com/photos/100479933@N04/sets/72157648452248287

Golden Anniversary Event: Rock 'n' Roll Never Forgets with Dennis Elsas

When: Saturday, October 3, 2015, 8pm
Where: Rockland Community College - Cultural Arts Center, 145 College Road, Suffern 10901
Price: $25 per person ($20 for HSRC Members) Space is limited, and advance, prepaid reservations are required

Join the legendary New York radio personality Dennis Elsas for this live multimedia experience featuring highlights from his history-making interviews with John Lennon, Elton John, Jerry Garcia, and more. As one of the pioneers of the progressive FM radio revolution at WNEW-FM, he's had a front row seat for rock's greatest era and shares his favorites stories and experiences in this fascinating show.

Walk through History: The Andre/Arnold Affair

When: Tuesday, September 22, 2015, 10 am
Where: The walking tour begins at Haverstraw/Dutchtown Park at 10 am, continues at Emeline Park at 11 am, breaks for lunch (on your own), and concludes at Hoyer’s Ice Cream at 1:30 pm
Price: $FREE, but reservations are required, and donations are greatly appreciated! (Guests are responsible for all costs associated with parking, lunch and dessert.)

On September 22, 1780, Major John Andre and Benedict Arnold met along the Hudson shoreline. Their act of treason was a pivotal point in the Revolutionary War. Join us as we retrace the steps of Andre and Arnold in Rockland County. Guests will learn the details of this important historical event by visiting some of the places that were involved. Meet your guide at the Haverstraw Dutchtown Park/playground by 10 am for a 15 minute walk, each way, along the stroller-accessible river path. Bring the family! Then visit the Treason Site Monument at Emeline Park and hear the story behind it. (Your guide will provide driving directions). Afterward, we’ll break for lunch. Guests are welcome to select one of the fine restaurants in Haverstraw to dine or bring a picnic (but save room for dessert at our final stop). After lunch, we’ll meet at 1:30 pm at Hoyer’s Ice Cream, where our guide will provide information about the Treason House and the Historical Marker located on Route 9W. You’re welcome to join us for all or part of this “Walk through History.”

Boat Trip: The Tappan Zee Bridge Experience: Past, Present and Future

When: Thursday, September 3, 2015, rain or shine!
Where: Boarding at Haverstraw Marina (9:30-9:45 am); trip ends at the marina between 2 and 3 pm (departure and return times may vary depending on tides)
Price: $88 per person (HSRC Members); $93 per person (Non-members). Includes boat transportation, guided tour, and box luncheon.

The Tappan Zee Bridge is the largest infrastructure project under way in the United States. The HSRC is pleased to offer an exclusive opportunity to observe this important undertaking from a unique vantage point. Join us on the River Rose, a Mississippi-style paddle-wheeler, as we cruise along the Rockland shore of the Hudson River to the Tappan Zee Bridge. Participants will view the current bridge construction from vantage points that are as near to the bridge as LEGALLY & SAFELY possible. Narration and commentary will be provided by historians from the HSRC, as well as by leaders of the current bridge project. These guides will also be available to answer questions you have about the past, present and future of the Tappan Zee Bridge. On our return trip, we will enjoy a cruise along the Westchester shoreline.

Walk through History: Sloatsburg

When: Saturday, September 12, 2015, 9:30 am, rain or shine
Where: If you have a confirmed reservation and still do not know where the group is meeting, you must call the HSRC at (845) 634-9629 by 4 pm today (9/11/15) or email info@rocklandhistory.org by 7:30 am tomorrow (9/12/15)
Price: $FREE, but space is limited, and reservations are required

Join Geoff Welch, curator of Harmony Hall, the 1848 mansion of Jacob Sloat, for this walking tour of the historic and scenic village of Sloatsburg. We will visit the Sloat family section of the Sloatsburg Cemetery and view other homes once owned by these early settlers. We will also explore Mill Street, the 1841 Erie Railroad track bed, and the banks of the Ramapo River, where remains of the village’s industrial heritage are still visible. This Walk through History is a registered Hudson River Valley Ramble event.

Walk through History: Rockland County Courthouse #2

When: Thursday, August 20, 2015, 1:30-3:30 pm
Where: If you have a confirmed reservation and still do not know the meeting place, call the HSRC office at (845) 634-9629 or email info@rocklandhistory.org by 11:30 am on August 20.
Price: Admission is $FREE, but space is strictly limited, and reservations are required

On this special two-hour guided tour led by Judge William Sherwood, we'll pass through the "new" court building added just ten years ago on our way to the historic 1929 Rockland County Courthouse. Highlights include: classic Art Deco architecture and decoration, including fountains and waterfall depictions; two historic courtrooms in use continuously since 1929 in their original condition; a tour of the newly restored Dutch Gardens, designed by the famous art critic and landscape architect Mary Mowbray-Clarke. The courts contain original art from the Art Deco era and new art installed by the Arts in Public Places initiative of Rockland, as well as oil portraits of Rockland County judges. The tour will conclude with light refreshments surrounded by beauty at the Dutch Garden Teahouse.

Walk through History: Rockland County Courthouse #1

When: Tuesday, August 4, 2015, 1:30-3:30 pm
Where: Meeting location provided with your confirmed reservation
Price: Admission is $FREE, but space is strictly limited, and reservations are required

On this special two-hour guided tour led by Judge William Sherwood, we'll pass through the "new" court building added just ten years ago on our way to the historic 1929 Rockland County Courthouse. Highlights include classic Art Deco architecture and decoration, including fountains and waterfall depictions; two historic courtrooms in use continuously since 1929 in their original condition; a tour of the newly restored Dutch Gardens, designed by the famous art critic and landscape architect Mary Mowbray-Clarke.

Golden Anniversary Lecture: Challenger Center

When: Thursday, July 23, 2015, 7 pm SHARP
Where: Challenger Learning Center, 225 Route 59, Airmont, NY 10901
Price: Admission is $FREE, but space is limited and reservations are required.

On July 21, 1969, Neil Armstrong stepped onto the surface of the moon as millions of people around the world watched on TV. Join us as we hark back to the beginning of the U.S. Space Program with a visit to the Town of Ramapo's Challenger Learning Center. John Huibregtse, director, will talk about the early days of the Space Program, as well as about the efforts of our local community to bring a Challenger Center to Rockland County.

Boat Trip: The Tappan Zee Bridge Experience: Past, Present and Future

When: Thursday, July 9, 2015, rain or shine!
Where: Boarding at Haverstraw Marina (9:30-9:45 am); trip ends at the marina between 2 and 3 pm (departure and return times may vary depending on tides)
Price: $88 per person (HSRC Members); $93 per person (Non-members). Includes boat transportation, guided tour, and box luncheon.

The Tappan Zee Bridge is the largest infrastructure project under way in the United States. The HSRC is pleased to offer an exclusive opportunity to observe this important undertaking from a unique vantage point. Join us on the River Rose, a Mississippi-style paddle-wheeler, as we cruise along the Rockland shore of the Hudson River to the Tappan Zee Bridge. Participants will view the current bridge construction from vantage points that are as near to the bridge as LEGALLY & SAFELY possible. Narration and commentary will be provided by historians from the HSRC, as well as by leaders of the current bridge project. These guides will also be available to answer questions you have about the past, present and future of the Tappan Zee Bridge. On our return trip, we will enjoy a cruise along the Westchester shoreline.

Golden Anniversary Lecture: Abate v. Mundt

When: Thursday, June 25, 2015; 7:15 sharp
Where: HSRC, 20 Zukor Road, New City
Price: $FREE (reservations required)

The U.S. Supreme Court case of Abate v. Mundt had to do with the reapportionment plan designed by the County Board of Supervisors to satisfy the concept of "one person, one vote." The plaintiffs in the case argued that the new plan created a less than acceptable deviation from true representation for each town. "One Person, One Vote: The Change in Rockland County's Government," moderated by Veronica DeMeo Boesch, will include a panel discussion by the very attorneys who argued the case before the U.S. Supreme Court. Representing the League of Women Voters as plaintiffs was the local attorney Doris Ulman. Representing the plaintiffs Cornelius O'Sullivan and others was the local attorney Paul Rivet. And arguing for the position of the respondent Board of Supervisors was Martin Cornell. Doris Ulman and Paul Rivet will take part in the panel, and Rockland County Legislator Harriet Cornell will discuss her late husband's representation of the County. Learn about this famous case from the very attorneys who argued it.

Walk through History: Hillburn & Civil Rights

When: Saturday, June 20, 2015, 9:30 am (rain or shine)
Where: Hillburn School District building, 4th Street
Price: $FREE (but donations are greatly appreciated!)

Dr. Travis Jackson was entering the fourth grade when Thurgood Marshall came to Rockland County to help desegregate the Hillburn schools. Dr. Jackson will lead this informative walking tour around the village of Hillburn and describe the important civil rights event that took place in 1943. This Walk through History is a registered New York State Path through History event.

Boat Trip: The Tappan Zee Bridge Experience: Past, Present and Future

When: Wednesday, June 10, 2015, rain or shine!
Where: Boarding at Haverstraw Marina (9:30-9:45 am); trip ends at the marina between 2 and 3 pm (departure and return times may vary depending on tides)
Price: $88 per person (HSRC Members); $93 per person (Non-members). Includes boat transportation, guided tour, and box luncheon.

The Tappan Zee Bridge is the largest infrastructure project under way in the United States. The HSRC is pleased to offer an exclusive opportunity to observe this important undertaking from a unique vantage point. Join us on the River Rose, a Mississippi-style paddle-wheeler, as we cruise along the Rockland shore of the Hudson River to the Tappan Zee Bridge. Participants will view the current bridge construction from vantage points that are as near to the bridge as LEGALLY & SAFELY possible. Narration and commentary will be provided by historians from the HSRC, as well as by leaders of the current bridge project. These guides will also be available to answer questions you have about the past, present and future of the Tappan Zee Bridge. On our return trip, we will enjoy a cruise along the Westchester shoreline.

Bus Day Trip: Historic Houses of Worship in Central Rockland County

When: Saturday, June 6, 2015
Where: Bus leaves Banchetto Feast, 75 NY-59/South Middletown Road, Nanuet, NY, at 8:45 am; trip concludes at 2 pm, after lunch
Price: $64/person (HSRC members); $69/person (non-members). Includes bus transportation, guided tours, and lunch

We are pleased to offer a bus tour of several historic churches, including English Church (New Hempstead Presbyterian, 1734); United Church of Spring Valley (1865); St. Joseph Church (Chapel 1901); Orthodox Church of the Holy Transfiguration (1856); and Germonds Presbyterian Church (1860). Our day will start and end at Banchetto Feast in Nanuet, where lunch will be served. Space is limited, and pre-paid reservations are required. The 2015 History in Your Own Backyard series has been made possible by generous contributions from Germonds Presbyterian Church and I LOVE NY.

Golden Anniversary Lecture: Brink's Robbery

When: Thursday, May 28, 2015; 7:15 sharp
Where: HSRC, 20 Zukor Road, New City
Price: $FREE (reservations required)

Bob Baird was managing editor of the Journal News on October 20, 1981, the day homegrown terrorists from the Weather Underground and Black Liberation Army attacked a Brink's armored car in Nanuet. They were trying to finance their private revolution. Bob shares the circumstances that led up to the tragic event, in which one Brinks guard was killed, another was gravely wounded, and two Nyack police officers were slain in a hail of automatic gunfire.

The events of October 20, 1981, shook a county that was already reeling from a year of horrific crimes. It launched Rockland on a decade of dramatic change, with implications that are still unfolding nearly thirty-five years later. Bob makes a strong case that the transformation brought about by the Brink's robbery rivals the one that followed the opening of the Tappan Zee Bridge.

2015 Preservation Awards County Supper

When: Sunday, May 17, 2015, 4-7 pm
Where: Jacob Blauvelt Historic Site, 20 Zukor Road, New City, NY
Price: $50, pre-paid basic reservation; $70, pre-paid benefactor reservation (includes a listing in our journal)

Festive Attire

Bus Day Trip: Albany

When: Tuesday, May 12, 2015.
Where:
The motorcoach departs from the HSRC (20 Zukor Road, New City) at 8 am SHARP and returns at approximately 7 pm.
Price:
$59/person (HSRC members); $64/person (non-members). Trip price includes bus transportation, guided tours, museum pass, and gratuities. Guests will purchase lunch. Please bring money for this purpose.

Join the HSRC as we travel to Albany, New York State's capital city. We will explore the New York State Museum and the Corning Tower Observation Deck, tour the New York State Capitol Building, and meet many of Rockland County's state legislators.

Overnight Excursion: Gettysburg, Pennsylvania

When: Saturday, May 2-Sunday May 3, 2015
Where:
Motor-coach departs from the West Nyack commuter parking lot on May 2 at 7:45 am; returns on May 3 at 6 pm. (The lot is on Route 303 N, immediately north of the intersection with Route 59. Cars can be parked overnight--we have town permission--or you can be dropped off and picked up there.)
Price: Single occupancy, $299 per person - Double occupancy, $249 per person; HSRC Members: Single occupancy, $284 per person - Double occupancy, $234 per person

This is an "attraction dense" trip. Please visit this page often?for updates and further details! Bring a bag lunch to eat on the bus on Saturday during the drive to Gettysburg. On Saturday, the luxury motor-coach, equipped with lavatory, microphone, and DVD, will take us first to the Gettysburg History Center and Diorama, followed by a visit to the Lincoln Train Museum. Afterward, guests will re-board the motor-coach for a 2.5 hour (approx.) tour of the battlefield led by former Rockland County Sheriff James Kralik (or his trained docent). A special feature of the tour will be visiting and learning about the sites where Rockland County troops were involved! We then check in to our nearby Gettysburg Hampton Inn, freshen up, and dine at the historic Farnsworth House. After dinner, guests may stroll the Gettysburg streets.

Walk through History: Nyack

When: Sunday, April 26, 2015, 2 pm, rain or shine
Where:
Meeting?location will be provided with the confirmed reservation
Price: $FREE, but space is limited, and reservations are required

Join Gini Stolldorf of the Friends of the Nyacks and the Historical Society of the Nyacks on a guided walking tour of Nyack, New York. Trace Nyack's growth from a small river village to a major commercial and manufacturing center during the Gilded Age when Nyack was called the "Gem of the Hudson." See many of the same buildings that were present at the turn-of-the-century when Nyack was the center of Rockland.

Golden Anniversary Lecture: How Cartoonists Responded to 9/11

When: Thursday, April 23, 2015; 7:15 sharp
Where:
HSRC, 20 Zukor Road, New City
Price:
$FREE (reservations required)

The attacks of 9/11 generated an enormous volume of visual commentary, from editorial cartoonists and comic strip writers and artists as well as comic book creators and graphic novelists. Many cartoonists witnessed the fall of the Twin Towers with their own eyes and sought to express their shock and horror through illustrations and narrative art. This presentation uses roughly two dozen images to survey the diverse ways in which cartoonists from New York City and around the country responded to one of the defining events of the early twenty-first century. The talk also takes up the question of what makes for effective political art and the responsibility of artists in an era of catastrophic political violence. Kent Worcester is a professor of political science at Marymount Manhattan College, where he teaches courses on democratic theory, modern political theory, contemporary war, and the politics of popular culture. He is the author or coeditor of six books including, most recently, "Arguing Comics: Literary Masters on a Popular Medium" and "A Comics Studies Reader." For several years, he gave talks on New York City and comic books for the New York Council for the Humanities' Speakers in the Humanities program.

Pearl River Hamlet Walk through History

When: Saturday, April 11, 2015, rain or shine, 9:30 am
Where: Meeting location will be provided with the confirmed reservation
Price: $FREE, but space is limited, and reservations are required

Join Pearl River historian Jim Cassetta for a stroll in downtown Pearl River, New York. The guided walking tour will take guests past many homes and business with interesting histories. We will walk along Main Street, Central Avenue, William Street and Franklin Avenue.

Annual Meeting 2015

The Annual Meeting of the Historical Society of Rockland County will be held on Monday, April 6, 2015, at the HSRC's History Center, 20 Zukor Road, New City, New York, 7:00 pm. The order of business will include reports of the committees, elections of Trustees and officers, and action on proposed changes to the HSRC Bylaws. All members of the public are invited.

The Nominating Committee offers the names of the following Historical Society members:

Trustees nominated for a three-year term (Term 2018)*:

Jesse Gaber, Bardonia
Dustin Hausner, New City
Tom O'Reilly, Pearl River
Judge William Sherwood, Stony Point
Judge Alfred Weiner, Wesley Hills

Officers nominated for a one-year term:

President: Alfred Weiner, Wesley Hills
1st Vice President: Veronica DeMeo Boesch, Airmont
2nd Vice President: Gordon Wren, Spring Valley
Treasurer: Jesse Gaber, Bardonia
Secretary: Caroline R. Tapley, Piermont

Trustees continuing in office

Term 2016
Joni Anger, Pomona
Veronica DeMeo Boesch, Airmont
Larry Kigler, New City
Madeline Muller, West Nyack
Joseph Natale, Haverstraw

Term 2017
Doug Carey, Spring Valley
H. Barry Robins, New City
Larry Singer, Thiells
Jeff Weinberger, Esq., New City
Gordon Wren, Spring Valley 

Bylaws Committee

THE BY-LAWS COMMITTEE OF THE HISTORICAL SOCIETY OF ROCKLAND COUNTY PROPOSES THAT THE MEMBERSHIP CONSIDER THE FOLLOWING PROPOSED AMENDMENTS TO THE BYLAWS THAT WERE APPROVED AND RECOMMENDED BY THE BOARD OF TRUSTEES ON MARCH 18, 2015:

ARTICLE I - MISSION. This section should be removed in its entirety and replaced with the following:

The Historical Society of Rockland County is an educational organization dedicated to engaging diverse audiences in a dynamic dialogue about the rich historical heritage of the county.

ARTICLE IV - OFFICERS. The method of selection of officers in Section 1 should be changed to provide that the officers will be elected by the Board of Trustees and will continue to serve until their successors are elected and assume office. Section 1 should be replaced with the following:

Section 1. Officers and Terms

The officers of the Society shall be a President, a 1st Vice President, a 2nd Vice President, a Secretary, and a Treasurer. They shall be elected for a term of one year by the Board of Trustees at the first meeting following the annual meeting of the Society and will serve until their successors are elected and assume office.

Pursuant to new changes in the Nonprofit Revitalization Act, Section 1, Paragraph (c), should be clarified to conform to longstanding informal policy of the HSRC, and committee members should be notified of their appointment. Section 1(c) should be replaced with the following:

 (c) Shall appoint all committee chairperson and shall select members for the committee after consultation with the committee chairperson. Committee members shall be notified of their appointment;

The president’s duties are being changed by amending Section 3, Paragraph (d), by adding that the president shall not be ex-officio on the Nominating Committee or the Audit Committee by replacing the paragraph with the following:

(d) Shall be ex-officio member of all committees except the Nominating Committee and the Audit Committee;

Article V - Staff. In order to clarify the duties of the Senior Historian, the following paragraph is suggested to be added to Section 1:

In addition to any other duties prescribed by the Board of Trustees, the Senior Historian shall act as a resource to the Society and to the committees.

Article VI - Meetings. Section 3 should be amended to reflect the selection of officers by the Trustees. Therefore, the reference to the slate of officers should be eliminated. This section should be amended to read:

The Annual Meeting of the Society shall be held on the most convenient date in the month of April. All members shall be notified at least twenty (20) days in advance of the Annual Meeting as to the date, time, place and slate of Trustees.

Article VII - Committees. In conformity with the Trustees' selection of the officers, Paragraph (f), Subparagraph (4), should be amended to remove the reference to “officers” and to provide for a petition to be raised for nominees not selected by the Nominating Committee. Paragraph (f)(4) should be amended to read:

Trustee candidates other than those submitted by the Nominating Committee may be placed in nomination by petition of not less than ten (10) members of the Society to be received in the office of the Secretary not later than twenty (20) days prior to the next annual meeting.

Article IX - Funds. Because the Society has no “Publication Fund,” Article IX should be amended by deleting Section 1, Paragraph (d), and renumbering Section 1, Paragraph (e), as Section 1, Paragraph (d).

Article X - Disbursements. This section should be amended to allow for emergency expenditures to be approved via electronic communication from the Board of Trustees. The following paragraph should be added:

Any non-recurring expense in excess of an amount established by the Board of Trustees may be approved by a majority vote of the Board of Trustees taken by electronic means such as e-mail, text message, or other, similar method. The result of such a vote shall be entered into the minutes of the next Board of Trustees meeting.

Golden Anniversary Gala: Sixties Soiree

When: Sunday, March 29, 2015, 5-9 pm
Where:
The View on the Hudson, 101 Shad Row, Piermont
Price: 
$100-$200 per person

Bob Baird with the Living Landmark Award. Bob retired from the Journal News in 2012, after almost forty years as managing editor, executive editor, and local columnist. Under his leadership, the paper was a finalist for a Pulitzer Prize and twice won the Associated Press Managing Editors Association national public service award, something no other newspaper had done at the time. He is a member of the Rockland Sports Hall of Fame committee, helping to honor outstanding sports figures and teams and preserve Rockland’s rich sports history, and was among a group of volunteers who organized Challenger Little League in Rockland County in 1993 to allow children with disabilities to enjoy baseball in a safe, supportive setting.

Catherine Quinn Oswald and Gerald Oswald with the Lifetime Service Award. As Rockland residents, Cathy and Gerry have made substantial contributions to both the Historical Society and the County for more than thirty-five years. Most of Cathy's career as an environmental engineer for the County of Rockland has centered on identifying water and land-related contamination and working to solve the problem. As a volunteer, Cathy has served on the HSRC's Board of Trustees and now chairs the committee that organizes bus trips and walks that encourage interest in local history and the community. Gerry has enjoyed more than forty years of work in collegiate athletics. At St. Thomas Aquinas College in Sparkill, he introduced NCAA Division II status in 2000. Not only do his student athletes maintain high grades, but they excel in service to the community, winning the East Coast Conference medal for Community Service five years in a row.?

Founding Charter Members of the HSRC, including Robert Knight, Catherine Dodge, and Ruth Zehner, with Golden Anniversary Awards

The gala evening will feature cocktails and a silent auction, followed by a 6 pm dinner, dessert and awards presentation. Don't forget to bring cash for the 50/50 raffle! Many thanks to our corporate and institutional Gala Journal advertisers and Silent Auction donors: A&N Rappaport Lock & Alarm; The Bricktown Inn; C & M Seafood/Gilligan's Clam Bar & Grill; Characters Bar & Restaurant; DaNina Italian Restaurant; Delaney Computer Services; Design Air, Inc.; Down to Earth Nursery; East Coast Conference; Fireplaces by Design; Goldstein, Karlewicz & Goldstein CPAs; Haverstraw Transit; Henel Contracting Corporation; Heritage of West Nyack; Hollywood Screen Printing & Embroidery; Inserra Supermarkets; Joe’s Crab Shack, Palisades Center Mall; Ned Kelly & Company; KPMG Women’s PGA Championship; Lucky Strike Lanes & Lounge, Palisades Center Mall; Marcello’s Ristorante; Mountain View Deli & Caterers; New City Park Club; Rhodes North Tavern; Rockland County Health Department; Rockland County Iron Works; Saint Thomas Aquinas College; Saint Thomas Aquinas College, Department of Athletics; Sons of the American Revolution, Stony Point Chapter; Travis Monuments; Union Restaurant & Bar Latino and U Noodles Snack Bar; Westchester Country Club; Wow, That’s Unusual!; Zugibe Hardware


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