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.
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
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.
There’s a change in our schedule for Our American History for July…instead of being held on the second Saturday (the 8th) at 10:00AM, it will be on Thursday July 13th at the Tompkins Corners Cultural Center (the former TC Methodist Church) on Peekskill Hollow Road, at 7:00pm. Join us that evening for a presentation by Rand Scholet on Alexander Hamilton – George Washington’s Indispensable Partner, enjoy some summer evening treats…and witness a reenactment of the duel between Alexander Hamilton and Aaron Burr that only Putnam Valley can pull off. You may be wondering who will be filling those famous shoes, you may have heard rumors – make sure you’re there to see it for yourself!
The next installment of Our American History is coming up on June 10th – The Great War and the Human Condition: Experiences of Soldiers during World War I, presented by William Broggy. 2017 is the 100th Anniversary of the United States entry into WWI (we declared war on Germany on April 6, 1917).
Last weekend, the historical society took what is now likely our inaugural trip to Bannerman Castle. Another trip will be planned in the fall, details to follow later this summer, and likely again next spring.
Our annual membership drive mailings also went out last week. If you are interested in becoming a member and are not on our mailing list, you can contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org, or stop by the museum on Saturdays from 10:00AM to 2:00PM. We’ve had visitors every weekend this month, some by appointment, and some from out of state!
We’ve filled all our available spots for the tour on the 20th! If you couldn’t make it this time, we are discussing the possibility of doing another trip in the fall – we’ll let everyone know later on in the summer.
The schoolhouse is now open for the 2017! We’ll be open this Saturday from 10:00AM – 2:00PM and doing a lot of spring cleaning, but you’re welcome to stop by. The exhibit won’t be fully up and running the opening until May 6th – there will be a post in the next week or two with more information.
Information about the Bannerman Island tour on May 20th will also be available in the near future.
Our next installment of Our American History is one week from this Saturday. See you there!
So…what’s been going on.
Next month brings the return of our continuing Our American History series with Eleanor Roosevelt: The Development of a Woman Activist on Saturday March 11th, 10:00AM at the library.
There’s also a genealogy workshop on Saturday March 25th at 10:00 at the library. There is a $10.00 registration fee, but both members of the Putnam Valley Historical Society and/or Friends of the Library have a reduced fee of $5.00. Speaking from personal experience – genealogy is fascinating and you NEVER know what you will find piecing together your family tree.
The schoolhouse will hopefully be reopening sometime in March, there will be a post here when we get a date. That post will also include information about the exhibit for 2017, and possibly the schedule of topics for Our American History.
Regarding the Where Are We houses – Some have been potentially ID’d by looking up tax notices in the newspapers from the 30s and 40s. This will be an ongoing project, as will the Who Are We pictures. Nobody has been identified yet, but some people in the photo collection that were labeled as “so and so’s grandfather” are now properly labeled with their own name. Again, another ongoing project.
We’ve been getting messages from people about helping out and volunteer opportunities. We’d love to have you! Once we reopen for the season, the house/people project will be ongoing, we are always scanning and transcribing documents…it may sound boring but I promise, it’s not. We are also interested in anything photo/document/story you may have that’s related to Women’s Suffrage or World War I AND is connected to either Putnam Valley or Putnam County. 2017 is the centennial anniversary of both Women’s Suffrage and the US entry into World War I. If you have anything, contact either us or the Putnam County Historian’s Office. We’d love to see what you have!
The response to the last picture post on Facebook was, in a word, awesome. Was not expecting that! We’ve gained 84 page likes since Wednesday morning – hello new people! Thanks for liking us!
The museum will not be open today due to the snowy, soon to be sleet-y and icy conditions. Today would have been our last day of the year anyway, so the museum will not be reopening until May 2017. See you then! (There will be a longer post tomorrow or Monday – just wanted to get it out there that we are not open today)