The Return of Our American History

Our American History is back for 2018! Join us for our first session on Saturday March 10 as we welcome local author Deborah Rafferty Oswald. Girls of Haviland Flyer

We’ll also be announcing a few exciting things in the next couple of weeks…museum open dates, our 2018 exhibit, and a series of information gathering/sharing sessions. Think…show and tell among residents and community members. If you have old pictures, documents, maps, ephemera, etc… about Putnam Valley and Lake Peekskill, we’re interested in it.

We hope to see you soon!


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The year is winding down

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The final Our American History program of the year is this coming Saturday, December 9th, at 10:00AM at the PV Library.

Our Holiday Boutique will also be open this weekend. Stop by and pick up a few gifts for your family, friends, teachers, coaches…or reward yourself for all the running around you have to do this time of year! We have something for everyone, and some new items will be here this weekend.


See you this weekend!


The Return of Our American History

We held our annual meeting at Watson’s Restaurant and Bar on the 15th, and a good time was had by all. Mike Adamovich and Cathy Hanson were welcomed as new board members.

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Last night was our Halloween event featuring guest speaker Priscilla Keresy. We tried having a theme this year – an Evening at The Speakeasy.

And finally…returning in November…Our American History!

In deference to Putnam Valley’s Veteran’s Day ceremonies, November’s program will be held on Sunday November 12th at 1:00PM. Still at the Library, November’s program will feature Putnam County Historian Sarah Johnson, speaking about the Women’s Suffrage movement in our county.


December’s program will be back at it’s usual second Saturday morning time slot.

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Our annual Holiday Boutique is right around the corner as well, December 2-3 and 9-10. Do you live locally and have handmade crafts or goods you’d like to sell? Send us an email – putnamvalleyhistory@gmail.com, and keep an eye out here and on Facebook for updates.


Annual Meeting

Our Annual Meeting is coming up on October 15th, with a new location and different time than years past…We’ll be meeting at Watson’s Restaurant and Bar at Oregon Corners for brunch from 12:00pm – 2:00pm this year instead of later in the day.

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This year, we will be honoring the Tompkins Corners Cultural Center for all their contributions to the community. While invitations have been mailed out to our membership, anybody is welcome to attend. It’s $40.00 per person – and if you’d prefer to pay online rather than sending in a check, you can use the PayPal link on the right.


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A Visit to West Point

On July 28th, a small group went on a tour of nearby West Point. We were fortunate enough to have gotten some pictures of the grounds…

…to compare to these pictures that are about 120 years old! The first four glass negatives in our collection are of West Point, taken sometime between 1895 and 1905 (by our best estimate, which is based on the dates on the negative folders).

While we can thank Michael Bennett for the crisp, color photos we have no idea who took the black and white photos. One of the many mysteries at our little museum. Whoever it was had ties to Putnam Valley and Peekskill, some of the slides are of the Barger family. But that’s another post for another day.

Our American History will return in September – we’ll be at Town Day in September – another trek to Bannerman is on Sunday September 24th, our Annual Meeting is in October, and plans for our Halloween Event are being made. Some smaller, community focused events are also being put together – keep an eye out here and on Facebook for more details – as well as plans for next year, when we celebrate our 50th Anniversary.  In the meantime, visit the museum on Saturdays from 10:00AM – 2:00PM. You can check our our recent donations – 3 portraits of members of the Hadden family.