Halloween at the Museum!

We’re switching gears a bit this year for Halloween. We’ll be there rain or shine – the forecast seems to be changing hourly at this point.

We will supply the treat bags for the pumpkin hunt to ensure all participants get roughly the same amount of goodies. It’s also an ongoing thing, so you don’t have to be there exactly at 2:00pm for the pumpkin hunt. We’ll also have some fun games and snacks available.

It looks like there’s a nice spread of Halloween events between now and the 31st from several different organizations. Hope to see you on Sunday, costumes optional but suggested!

Annual Meeting Rescheduled

Our annual meeting previously scheduled for October 20th has been rescheduled to early December. We will be mailing new invitations and publishing flyers with updated information as soon as possible. We apologize for any inconvenience.

Our American History: Field Trip Edition

Also coming soon…

Our annual meeting is coming up in just under two weeks! Interested in attending? It’s $45.00/person – and that gets you a meal and entertainment. What a way to spend a Sunday afternoon! You can reserve your spot right here online (there’s a Paypal link on the top right of the page) or send payment to the Putnam Valley Historical Society, P.O. Box 297, Putnam Valley NY 10579.

Town Day is here!

We are closing up early to head over to Putnam Valley Town Park to set up for Town Day. If you’re local, head over and check us out! Visitors are welcomed from 2:00pm on, we’ll probably be there until 7:00 or so.

Where did the summer go?

It feels like just yesterday we were celebrating the 4th of July, and now all of a sudden the trees are just starting to creep towards their own annual fireworks display.

We’re sometimes asked about the origin of the names of Putnam County and Putnam Valley – here’s your chance to learn about our namesake! Join us for the next installment of Our American History on September 14th as we welcome author and historian Robert Ernest Hubbard to the Putnam Valley Library to discuss Major General Israel Putnam: Hero of the American Revolution.

Also coming soon – you loved them as Hamilton and Burr, now see them as Nixon and Kennedy! Our dear friend and past board member Phil Keating and Putnam Valley Town Historian Dan Ricci will be back for our annual meeting on October 20th at 1:00pm to re-enact the Nixon-Kennedy Presidential Debate of 1960. The meeting will be held at the Putnam Valley Volunteer Ambulance Headquarters on Oscawana Lake Road. Look for the formal announcement with all the details including this year’s award recipients in the coming weeks. Invitations will be mailed to all members.

And finally – Halloween! We’ll be trying something different this year. Instead of having a guest speaker the Wednesday before Halloween, this year we’ll be having two small events on Sunday the 27th at the museum. In the afternoon, we’ll be having a pumpkin-egg hunt (think Easter egg hunt, but with tiny pumpkins instead) and games in the yard for the younger kids, followed by a haunted house inside the museum after dusk for the older kids and adults, and possibly a spooky ghost story about the history of our town.

Halfway through the year already!

First, an update on the pumpkins.

It seems the rabbits have discovered them. The very cute, tiny hopping bunnies along the back fence appear to have munched away at the biggest leaves. Not sure what that means for the livelihood of the rest of the plants, but we’ll get more seeds in the ground this weekend and try to block them off.

Second, an update on Our American History. We have a change in the topic for July. Sarah Johnson will still be our speaker, but we’ll be hearing about Putnam County in the Great Depression –  the relief efforts, how our residents coped, and what they did to help their neighbors.

Great Depression

We’ve also updated the yearly schedule for Our American History. Our award winning organizer has added a date in August (the 10th at 10:00am) for The Space Race: “Houston…the Eagle has Landed”. For those of you old enough, do you remember that amazing summer of 1969? What were you doing when man walked on the moon?

Happy 207th Birthday, Putnam County!

Somehow, it’s already June!

Friday June 14th is Putnam County Day and every year, area folks and organizations are recognized on Putnam County Day for their contributions to and efforts concerning local history. This year we are very pleased (and proud) to announce that our very own Michael Bennett, member and super volunteer, will be recognized for organizing the Our American History program/lecture series.

2019 PC Day

And speaking of Our American History, it’s the second Saturday of the month again! The last time we had the pleasure of sitting down with local author Deborah Rafferty Oswald, it was a cold and snowy March morning. She shared her research methods and inspiration for writing her book The Girls of Haviland. Haviland is a school for girls inspired by the old Drew Seminary in Carmel.  Deborah’s since written a sequel, and we’re welcoming her back during much nicer weather! Join us this Saturday morning as she shares her continued research methods and updates us on what’s happened in the life of Jay McKenna.

Beyond Haviland

We’re open for the year!

We opened for the year this past Saturday, on a what seems to be becoming an increasingly rare sunny day! We’ll be having 3 somewhat smaller exhibits this year, each lasting about two months. First up is Putnam Valley: The Prohibition Years (1919 – 1933). Turns out it was a pretty okay time to be living out here in the country. Our population grew very quickly towards the end of the period, we centralized our schools, new roads increased accessibility to the area…come to the museum and check it out! The room is also semi-set up as a classroom again. It’s a work in progress.

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Our American History was happening at the same time as the museum opening. Many thanks to Mr. Vincent Dacquino, who revisited us to share his new book, Patriot Hero of the Hudson Valley: The Life and Ride of Sybil Ludington. It was one of our most well attended OAH sessions to date, and we had the pleasure of meeting another young Sybil!

Vin Dacquino

And bringing up the rear of this post, our pumpkins have started growing! Well, some of them, anyway. Out of five patches, 2 took off. Hopefully now that the weather seems to have changed it’s dial to spring, the rest will catch up. We’ll plant more this weekend just to be sure.

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See you soon!

It’s gonna be May (and our 2019 opening)

We are just a little over two short weeks away from our exhibit opening for 2019. On Saturday May 11th, after you go to the PV library to listen to local author Vincent Dacquino share the story of Sybil Ludington…


…you can head on over to the museum to check out Putnam Valley: The Prohibition Years, our first exhibit of 2019.  We’ll be trying something different this year that seems to have worked many years ago – more than one exhibit per year. Every two months (coinciding with Our American History dates, so you can make it a day of local history), the topic will change while still being loosely connected to the first exhibit. This will give us 3 different exhibits to share with you, and give you at least 2 more reasons to make a repeat visit to the museum.

Also new this year, in an effort to attract younger crowd, we’ll be planning a few programs at the museum geared towards school aged children. Each program will last approximately 45 minutes and include a take-home item. The first program will be announced in the coming weeks, so keep an eye out here and on Facebook. Our members will also receive information in the mail.

And since it’s never too soon to be thinking about Halloween, pumpkins seeds were recently planted at the back of the museum property. Hopefully, right around Town Day, we’ll have a nice crop of pumpkins in the yard. What will we do with all of them? That’s a surprise you’ll have to wait for – only 153 days until the first day of autumn!

The Return of Our American History

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