Crossroads of Rockland History: Camp Shanks Exhibition

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Shanks Legacy

This program originally aired on April 15, 2019. To listen online, click here.

Learn more about the new exhibition at the Orangetown Historical Museum and Archives entitled Shanks Legacy. The U.S. Army's largest port of embarkation on the East Coast in World War II, Camp Shanks saw some 1.3 million troops pass through on their way to England and North Africa. Find out about how the camp looked and operated and what its transition into the residential Shanks Village meant to the development of the Town of Orangetown.

Shanks Legacy opened on Saturday, April 13, 2019, at the DePew House and runs through November. Admission is free (donations accepted).

Wine & Poetry & Camp Shanks
Friday, April 26, 5:30 - 7 pm, DePew House
Celebrate National Poetry Month with the Museum and the Orangeburg Library. Enjoy a glass of wine and a special look into the poetry and music of the 1940's along with a tour of the museum's current exhibit, Shanks Legacy. Orangetown's poet laureate, Rose Marie Raccioppi, will read some of her poems reflective of the period. Suggested donation is $5.

The Big Band Sound & Shanks Legacy
Saturday, May 18, 7 pm at the Manse Barn in Tappan
Some of the greatest names in Big Band Music performed at Camp Shanks during World War II, when the Manse Barn was a USO Club. Join us for a once-in-a-lifetime event in Tappan at the Manse Barn when "Reflections Jazz & Swing Orchestra" will reprise the tradition with hits made famous by such greats as Count Basie, Benny Goodman and Woody Herman. This event is being organized together with the Orangeburg Library. Admission is your donation.

Shanks Legacy - Lecture by Mary Cardenas
Wednesday, May 29, 6 - 7:30 pm
Tappan Free Library Community Room
Register at Tappan Library - (845) 359-3877

Crossroads of Rockland History, a program of the Historical Society of Rockland County, airs on the third Monday of each month at 9:30 am, right after the Steve and Jeff Morning Show, on WRCR radio at
www.WRCR.com. Join host Clare Sheridan as we explore, celebrate, and learn about our local history, with different topics and guest speakers every month.

Orangetown Historical Museum and Archives
196 Chief Bill Harris Way, Orangeburg, NY 10962
(196 Blaisdel Road in GPS)
(845) 398-1302
[email protected]


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