42nd Annual Holiday Exhibition

2017 Joy and Peace Exhibition Image
December 09, 2017 —February 25, 2018

The Historical Society of Rockland County Invites You to

Joy & Peace
The Marionettes of Paul Peabody

When: December 9, 2017, through February 25, 2018
Where: HSRC Galleries, 20 Zukor Road, New City
Admission: $FREE on weekdays (Wednesdays-Fridays, 12-4 pm); Sundays (includes tour of decorated Jacob Blauvelt House), $7/adult; $3 for seniors, children (age 3-12) and HSRC members; children under 3 are free.

In addition to our traditional dollhouse and miniature displays, this year’s exhibition will showcase the marionettes handcrafted by the late Paul Peabody of Upper Nyack.

Peabody’s performance career spanned forty years, including shows throughout Rockland and the tristate area. In addition to schools, churches and community centers, Peabody performed at the Metropolitan Museum of Art, the Morgan Library, and the Cathedral of St. John the Divine, as well as at England's Stratford-on-Avon festival.

Adults and children were enchanted by his unique characters, which he created using traditional woodworking methods. With a concurrent career in social justice and conflict resolution, Peabody used his marionettes, and the beautiful shows he created for them, to extend his life's work of promoting peace in our world.

We thank the Peabody family for sharing his legacy with us this holiday season. Below, Paul's daughter Jeanne pays tribute to her father and his craft at the formal opening of the exhibition on December 17:


Also an ongoing tradition, the HSRC is also delighted to announce our annual raffle! Raffle tickets will be available throughout the duration of the exhibition.

A visit to the annual Holiday Exhibition is included in the price of all HSRC Holiday Programs.

Proceeds of the HSRC Holiday Programs benefit the preservation and education efforts of the Historical Society of Rockland County, a nonprofit educational institution and principal repository for original documents and artifacts relating to Rockland County. Our mission is to acquire, preserve, and exhibit objects, buildings, and sites that reflect the history of Rockland County and the Lower Hudson Valley and to research, document, promote, and publicize the county’s rich historical heritage for the people of Rockland. The HSRC’s headquarters at 20 Zukor Road, New City, New York, consist of a four-acre site featuring the 7,200 square foot History Center; the historic Jacob Blauvelt House; and the post-and-beam Historic Barn and Carriage House.

The HSRC is open, during exhibitions, events and programs, on Wednesdays–Fridays, 10 am–5 pm, and Sundays, 12–4 pm. Library research and tours of the Jacob Blauvelt House are available by appointment by contacting (845) 634-9629 or emailing [email protected].


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