Commander Will Cushing: Daredevil Hero of the Civil War. November 14th

Commander Will Cushing

Custer Before Little Big Horn

Custer Before Little Bighorn

Haunted History 2015

HalloweenJoin the Putnam Valley Historical Society and Fran Capo for another round of Haunted History: Myths and Mysteries of New York: True Stories Of The Unsolved And Unexplained.

At the Putnam Valley Grange, hosted by the Putnam Valley Historical Society

Annual Awards Dinner 2015

Awards Dinner 2015 Invite

We hope you’ll join us in honoring Glenn Niese. Glenn’s family has kept Putnam Valley’s traditional agricultural industry alive at Niese’s Maple Farm, allowing visitors to get a taste of Putnam Valley’s history and heritage.

Tickets are $40/ per person.

Digital Exhibition: A New Project is Underway!

Several years ago we began the lengthy process of digitizing our extensive photo collection. We have gotten through hundreds of photos, including glass slides from the late 1800’s, adding them to a searchable database and sharing our favorites with you on our Facebook page. As we approach the finish line, we said to ourselves “what now?”. What good is preserving our history if we don’t share it with those who walk in it’s footprints each day in Putnam Valley?

So we are creating a digital exhibit, “Putnam Valley Then and Now”. You got a preview of this at Town Day last September and now it’s coming at you as a digital “walk through”. We can’t wait for the debut this October!

Tompkins Corners Church T&N

Old Fashioned Penny Social

Penny Social Flier

Our American History- Lincoln’s Secret Visit to West Point, June 13th

Join us for the first installment of a new lecture series, Our American History. In this first lecture, we will explore President Lincoln’s secret visit to West Point through original research conducted by Historian Anthony J. Czarnecki.


Please RSVP by emailing


Sweet Social! June 27th 12:00-2:00

Sweet Social

Annual Awards Dinner

Each year the Putnam Valley Historical Society presents an award to one deserving individual who has shown an outstanding effort to preserve and promote local history.

In 2013 Town historian Dan Ricci was the recipient of the award. It was also the year we introduced a new award called the Silleck Award for Service to the Society, named after Harry Silleck, Jr, to honor those who work behind the scenes to make possible the work of the Society.

Mr. Silleck was a tremendous asset to the society and to the town of Putnam Valley as a whole. His generosity has allowed the Society to continue our work to preserve local history and to maintain our small museum.

Members receive invitations to the dinner, but all are welcome.

You can find an article HERE about our awards, and some of the local politicians who attend our event.

Haunted History

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Halloween Haunts

Halloween Haunts

Each Fall author Vincent Dacquino engages listeners on the haunted history of Putnam Valley and the County. He discusses the trial of George Denny and the ghosts that continue to haunt our town.