New York Archdiocese Bicentenniall

2007 Exhibit Catholic History
March 11, 2007 —June 17, 2007

The Historical Society of Rockland County Presents

Rockland’s Catholic Heritage
The Bicentennial of the Archdiocese of New York

When: March 11–June 17, 2007
Where: HSRC History Center, 20 Zukor Road, New City

On April 8, 2007, the Archdiocese of New York began a year-long celebration of its bicentennial. The Historical Society of Rockland County opened this commemorative year with an exhibition that explored the Roman Catholic Church’s history, diversity and mission.

Through artifacts, images, and documents, visitors discovered Rockland County’s significant Catholic population’s social, economic and civic contributions: the first churches built by immigrants in the nineteenth century; the establishment of St. Agatha’s Home and School by the
Sisters of Charity; the Dominican Sisters of Blauvelt and establishment of Dominican College; the Dominican Sisters of Sparkill, who founded St. Thomas Aquinas College; the rise of the Knights of Columbus and other Catholic societies, the history of parishes and distinguished members of the clergy, rare artifacts and photographs, and more. 

The exhibition was curated by Delia Tolz. The Historical Society of Rockland County also thanks Julia Hickey, Gretchen Weerheim, Joanne Potanovic, Alice Jane Bryant, Jessica Kuhnen, Ruth Begany, Guiliano Premus, Robert Tolz, and Sean Ward, along with the churches, convents, Knights of Columbus chapters, monasteries, and parishioners who lent items for the exhibition. In addition, the HSrC gratefully acknowledges funding from the Archdiocese of New York, the Knights of Columbus, the NY State Council on the Arts, the County of Rockland, Provident Bank Charitable Foundation, and the Arts Fund of Rockland, a project of the Arts Council of Rockland.


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