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Exhibit Opening Postponed

Updated 05/20/18 – The power was back on as of yesterday afternoon, so our Revolutionary War exhibit opening and 50th birthday party will be this coming Saturday, May 26th at 10:00AM. We’ll see you then!


As many, if not all of you are aware, this past week a rather damaging storm passed through the area. While our schoolhouse thankfully did not take a direct hit, many homes and properties in the surrounding area did. While cleanup efforts continue and power gets restored, we will be postponing our exhibit opening and 50th birthday party scheduled for May 19th and the museum is temporarily closed.

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The above pictures are of our side and back yard/garden area. The tree just missed the schoolhouse. A nuisance, but nothing that can’t be cleaned up. Running past the white fence and parallel to the tree is Church Road, a little ways up from where Governor  Cuomo held his press conference the other day.

Unfortunately, our town has become quite familiar with damaging storms in 2018. While the storm on Tuesday didn’t have the devastating impact on the community that the storms in March did, it is still an event that will be recalled years from now when friends and neighbors gather around and “remember when”, sharing pictures and stories. We’re living through some historic times in our town, folks.

We will announce the new opening date for the exhibit in the next few days.

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Our American History – Gettysburg

Please note the 1:00PM start time for this one!! Still at the library.

Gettysburg

Our next lecture is fast approaching! While last month we enjoyed looking back at a fun time in our past, enjoying the thrill and excitement of an amusement park, this month we look back at a time when our county was severely divided and suffered it’s bloodiest battle during the Civil War. One of the more effective ways of reaching later generations, historical reenactments, movies, and documentaries about the Civil War let us experience a small portion of what was happening in the 1860s.

 

 

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Show & Tell & Scan! Amusement parks!

Lots of fun stuff coming up!

Show and TellStart thinking about what you have to share with us! Even if you don’t live in the area anymore, if it’s related to Putnam Valley, we’re interested!

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Our American History is on April 14th, and we’ll hear all about Palisades Amusement Park. Never heard of it? Not related to Putnam Valley? A predecessor to Six Flags Great Adventure, this amusement park offered wildly entertaining day trips for residents of Putnam Valley and much of the lower Hudson Valley for decades before closing in 1971 (Six Flags opened in the mid 70s). Join us as Vince Gargiulo discusses and shares the Palisades Amusement Park experience.

Palisades Park

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Coming up this season

With much of the area recovering from the series of storms and extended power outages, Our American History made it’s return. We had a small gathering at the library for local author Deborah Rafferty Oswald on March 10 where she shared her inspiration and research methods and materials for her book, The Girls of Haviland. Afterwards she autographed copies of the book.

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The next Our American History will be on April 14th – Palisades Amusement Park: A Century of Fond Memories with Vince Gargiulo.

Palisades Park

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We will be holding a series of Show & Tell & Scan days at the museum this upcoming season. We are interested in seeing what old photos, documents (including genealogy documents and records), and reasonably sized objects (i.e., objects that are easily carried from your car into the museum without assistance) you have relating to the history of the town. We’ll scan the photos and documents, photograph all your cool stuff, and provide you with a digital copy. In return, we’re asking that you allow us to share them (with credit) through our programs, displays and exhibits, in response to information requests, and on social media. Each session will be several hours long, so you’ll be able to chat with your neighbors and friends, see what other information the museum may have about your house/family/neighborhood/that old building you’ve always wondered about/etc.

There will be four sessions, split into geographical areas

  • Lake Oscawana
  • Lake Peekskill
  • Roaring Brook
  • Greater Putnam Valley

The dates will be announced shortly, so whether your family’s been here for three or four generations, or you are a newer resident that moved into an old house and found some cool stuff, or have somehow acquired anything related to the history of Putnam Valley, start thinking about what you’d like to share with us! The Where Are We album on Facebook will also be updated next month, so take a peek through there to see if you recognize any of the houses and have any information about them!

And finally….the exhibit for this year will be about the Revolutionary War in (now) Putnam Valley and the surrounding areas. The official opening will be in early May. If you haven’t ever been to the museum, or it’s been a while, say, since kindergarten, this will be a great year to come back. See you soon!

One last note – the building is still winterized. We’ll let everyone know when it’s open again.

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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!