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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 year is winding down

Lincoln Before Lincoln

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!

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Alexander Hamilton, West Point, Bannerman Castle.

This past Thursday was the conclusion of the 2017 spring season of Our American History – and boy did we go out with a bang! It was our best attended session yet, with around 60 people in attendance. Many thanks to Rand Scholet for a wonderfully entertaining, informative, and exciting glimpse into the remarkable life of Alexander Hamilton.

We’d also like to thank the Tompkins Corners Cultural Center for lending us their space. The lawn outside was the perfect stage for our two lead actors to show us what (supposedly) happened that fateful day in Weehawken, New Jersey.

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Stay tuned for a video of the duel.

Our American History will resume in the fall, but in the meantime we have a tour of West Point to look forward to, on July 29th

West Point Visit

As well as registration for the fall tour of Bannerman Castle! If you missed it the first time around, or simply want to see it again – sign up soon! The spots filled very quickly last time.

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