Crossroads of Rockland History

Clare Sheridan

Crossroads of Rockland History, a podcast of the Historical Society of Rockland County. Host Clare Sheridan welcomes guests every month to to explore, celebrate and learn about the rich history of Rockland County and the Lower Hudson Valley, NY. read less
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Lafayette Theater Centennial (Suffern) - Crossroads of Rockland History
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Lafayette Theater Centennial (Suffern) - Crossroads of Rockland History
Broadcast originally aired on Monday, February 19, 2024 at 9:30 am, on WRCR 1700 AMDid you know that the Lafayette Theater in Suffern, NY is Rockland County's only single-screen movie palace? In operation since 1924, it marks its100th anniversary this year! With special guests Ari Benmosche and Craig Long we turned our attention to the history of the Lafayette Theater and learned about the ongoing festivities celebrating this landmark anniversary. The festivities—"100 Years of Film," showcasing classic movies from the 1910s to the 2010s—will run until March 3, 2024.   The  centennial celebration will culminate with three events:  1) Metropolis  - Friday, March 1, 2024, 7:30 PM2) Neil Berg's 100 Years of Hollywood - Saturday, March 2, 2024, 7:30 PM3) 100th Birthday - Sunday, March 3, 2024, 1:00 PM  Learn more about these events and purchase tickets at https://lafayettetheatersuffern.com. ***Crossroads of Rockland History, a program of the Historical Society of Rockland County, airs on the third Monday of each month at 9:30 am, right after the Jeff and Will morning show, on WRCR Radio 1700 AM and www.WRCR.com. Join host Clare Sheridan as we explore, celebrate, and learn about our local history, with different topics and guest speakers every month. The Historical Society of Rockland County is a nonprofit educational institution and principal repository for original documents and artifacts relating to Rockland County. Its headquarters are a four-acre site featuring a history museum and the 1832 Jacob Blauvelt House in New City, New York.www.RocklandHistory.org
John Green House Preservation Update with Win Perry - Crossroads of Rockland History
15-01-2024
John Green House Preservation Update with Win Perry - Crossroads of Rockland History
Episode originally aired Monday, January 15, 2024 at 9:30 am on WRCR radio 1700AM. Host Clare Sheridan welcomed Winston Perry, President of the John Green Preservation Coalition who updated us on the progress of the preservation and restoration of the John Green House in Nyack, NY.The John Green House (JGH) is the oldest remaining Dutch Colonial Sandstone structure in the Village of Nyack NY, built by John Edward Green (1772-1842) in the year 1819. It is listed on both the New York and National Registers of Historic Places, and is a Village of Nyack Historic Landmark. In our (multi-phase, multi-year project) vision, we will return the building to its beautiful appearance from the early 1800s during which it served as business home for John Green, sloop captain, lumber dealer, steamboat entrepreneur, church founder and turnpike trustee. As the house is restored and made safe, it will be architected - both inside and out - to serve the community in exciting ways.Winston C. Perry (Jr.), President - After a 50-year career as an architect, Mr. Perry is devoting his time in retirement to local history and historic preservation. A lifetime resident of Nyack, he is a Trustee of the Historical Society of the Nyacks, a former member of the Rockland County Historic Preservation Board, and former Village Historian of Upper Nyack. A life-long small boat sailor on the Hudson, he is especially interested in Hudson River history.www.RocklandHistory.org
Restoration of the Eberling Mail Wagon with Ray and Frank Eberling - Crossroads of Rockland History
16-10-2023
Restoration of the Eberling Mail Wagon with Ray and Frank Eberling - Crossroads of Rockland History
Broadcast originally aired on Monday, October 16, 2023 at 9:30am on WRCR 1700AM. Frank Eberling and his brother Ray Eberling, New City natives, joined host Clare Sheridan for a discussion about the early days of New City and the wagon that their grand father used to carry mail on New City’s Rural Free Delivery routes at the turn of the 20th century.Since the 1970s, when it was donated to our collection by the late Dr. Anthony Pavia, D.C., of New City, the HSRC has had in our possession this horse-drawn wagon. Ray and Frank are now working with the HSRC to restore it for display at the History Center in New City.About the guests: Ray Eberling is a retired US Air Force lieutenant-colonel who holds a master’s in American studies from the University of Heidelberg (Germany) and has volunteered for many years with the University of Florida’s Samuel Proctor Oral History Program. Frank Eberling has been a filmmaker in South Florida for fifty years, producing more than 3,000 film and television broadcast projects as producer, writer, director, or cinematographer. He is also the author of the New City-based mystery novels Low Tor, Demarest Kill, and Jimmy Van Meter's Last Refrain.Ray and Frank Eberling will be visiting the HSRC with a presentation on this project: "The Eberling Mail Wagon: Rural Free Delivery in New City in the Early 20th Century," on Thursday, October 26, 2023, 7 pm, at the Historical Society of Rockland County. Admission is $FREE, but reservations are required. Donations toward restoration of the mail wagon are gratefully accepted.For details and the ticket link, go to: https://www.rocklandhistory.org/event.cfm?page=1065Frank Eberling will also be appearing at the New City Library on Monday, October 23, 2023 at  7 pm, to speak about New City-inspired fiction. This is an in-person and virtual presentation. Reserve your spot for that event at https://newcity.librarycalendar.com.Crossroads of Rockland History, a program of the Historical Society of Rockland County, airs on the third Monday of each month at 9:30 am, right after the Jeff and Will morning show, on WRCR Radio 1700 AM and www.WRCR.com. Join host Clare Sheridan as we explore, celebrate, and learn about our local history, with different topics and guest speakers every month. The Historical Society of Rockland County is a nonprofit educational institution and principal repository for original documents and artifacts relating to Rockland County. Its headquarters are a four-acre site featuring a history museum and the 1832 Jacob Blauvelt House in New City, New York.www.RocklandHistory.org
Treason of the Revolution:  The  André / Arnold Affair - Crossroads of Rockland History
18-09-2023
Treason of the Revolution: The André / Arnold Affair - Crossroads of Rockland History
Broadcast aired Monday, September 18, 2023 9:30 am, on WRCR 1700 AM RadioWe explored one of the most significant historical events in Rockland History: the Treason of the Revolution.On September 22, 1780, American General Benedict Arnold and British Major John André met in the woods along the Hudson shoreline in Rockland County, and there began an act of treason that would become a pivotal point in the Revolutionary War.We revisited an earlier episode during which host Clare Sheridan explored the history of the André-Arnold affair and discussed the people and places involved in this fascinating story of betrayal, secrecy, and deception with local historian Thano Schoppel of Tappan.For more about Arnold and André, check out:Tappantown Historical Society Colonial Day on Saturday, September 30, 2023, 12–4 pm. Great for families. Admissions is $FREE. For information, visit www.tappantown.org.“A Spy in Our Midst—Major John André,” permanent exhibition on the Arnold-André Affair at the Salyer House, Orangetown Historical Museum & Archives. For information, visit www.orangetownmuseum.comCulper Spy Ring, independent study project by Andrea Meyer. For information, visit https://wp.nyu.edu/archivesandpublichistory/2009/10/05/congrats-to-andrea-meyer. Revolutionary Rogues: John André and Benedict Arnold, Hardcover—Picture Book, published September 19, 2017, by Selene Castrovilla (author) and John O'Brien (illustrator). For information, visit https://www.goodreads.com/review/show/3007015936***Crossroads of Rockland History, a program of the Historical Society of Rockland County, airs on the third Monday of each month at 9:30 am, right after the Jeff and Will morning show, on WRCR Radio 1700 AM and www.WRCR.com. Join host Clare Sheridan as we explore, celebrate, and learn about our local history, with different topics and guest speakers every month. The Historical Society of Rockland County is a nonprofit educational institution and principal repository for original documents and artifacts relating to Rockland County. Its headquarters are a four-acre site featuring a history museum and the 1832 Jacob Blauvelt House in New City, New York.www.RocklandHistory.org
The Murals Documentary TG Jamroz - Crossroads of Rockland History
21-08-2023
The Murals Documentary TG Jamroz - Crossroads of Rockland History
A portion of this interview aired on Monday, August 21, 2023 at 9:30 am, on WRCR Radio 1700 AMSpecial guest TG Jamroz  spoke about his new documentary, The Murals, which delves into the art of Henry Varnum Poor, formerly of New City. The film features the New Deal–era Uptown Post Office Murals in Chicago and explores how and why they were made by Poor; why they feature Carl Sandburg and Louis Sullivan; and how they inspire people today.“Through this filmmaking journey, I came to understand the outsized influence Poor had on the 20th century,” Jamroz says. “He might be the most unknown influential artist of the 20th century. He was involved everywhere with everything.About the filmmaker: TG Jamroz is a filmmaker/performer who has written and directed many independent films, stage plays, and music videos. His projects have been screened at the prestigious Gene Siskel Film Center and around the world. He also has appeared as an actor in the film The Dark Knight and onstage in Chicago; written a one-act play that is being produced in New York City and Chicago; directed a six DVD volume of lectures by the world-famous theologian James Alison; and written and produced four albums of original music that can be streamed online under the name The Platinum Tears.Learn more about The Murals at https://www.instagram.com/themuralsdocumentary or https://www.facebook.com/themuralsdoc***We are pleased to announce Rockland County screenings of this new film on September 30, 2023, at the Historical Society of Rockland County (2 pm) and Rockland Center for the Arts (7 pm).Both events are $FREE of charge, but RSVPs are required.To register for the 2 pm screening at the HSRC (20 Zukor Road, New City), click here.To register for the 7 pm screening at RoCA (27 South Greenbush Road, West Nyack), click here.***Crossroads of Rockland History, a program of the Historical Society of Rockland County, airs on the third Monday of each month at 9:30 am, right after the Jeff and Will morning show, on WRCR Radio 1700 AM and www.WRCR.com. Join host Clare Sheridan as we explore, celebrate, and learn about our local history, with different topics and guest speakers every month. Our recorded broadcasts are also available for streaming on all major podcasts platforms.  The Historical Society of Rockland County is a nonprofit educational institution and principal repository for original documents and artifacts relating to Rockland County. Its headquarters are a four-acre site featuring a history museum and the 1832 Jacob Blauvelt House in New City, New York.www.RocklandHistory.org
Germond Family Murders:  Dr. Vincent Cookingham - Crossroads of Rockland History
17-07-2023
Germond Family Murders: Dr. Vincent Cookingham - Crossroads of Rockland History
Broadcast originally aired on Monday, July 17, 2023 at 9:30 AM, on WRCR 1700 AM RadioDr. Vincent Cookingham joined host Clare Sheridan to discuss his new book, The Germond Family Murders: A Forensic Conclusion to a Cold Case. His recent appearance at the HSRC was sold out, so this show offered listeners another chance to hear about Cookingham's forensic investigation into this ninety-year-old cold case.Despite contemporary attention from Franklin D. Roosevelt and from Pinkerton Detectives, and more recently from amateur sleuths and the press, the Germond murders went unsolved until Dr. Cookingham’s investigation. The multiple murders of James (Husted) Germond; his wife, Mabel; and their two children, Bernice and Raymond, at their Dutchess County farm in November 1930 is one of the most famous crimes ever committed in the Hudson Valley.About the author: Dr. Vincent Cookingham has more than fifty years of investigative and forensic science experience as a law enforcement officer, corporate executive, consultant, and university professor in forensic science. He has numerous peer-reviewed professional publications and books. He holds a PhD, with a doctoral dissertation in the forensic applications in white-collar crime. In addition, he holds an MBA and an MA from the John Jay College of Criminal Justice; a BS in forensic science; and three professional board certifications. Dr. Cookingham is a veteran of the US Marine Corps, as well as a native New Yorker who currently resides in Florida.Crossroads of Rockland History, a program of the Historical Society of Rockland County, airs on the third Monday of each month at 9:30 AM, right after the Jeff and Will morning show, on WRCR 1700 AM Radio and www.WRCR.com. Join host Clare Sheridan as we explore, celebrate, and learn about our local history, with different topics and guest speakers every month. Our recorded broadcasts are also available for streaming on all major podcasts platforms.The Historical Society of Rockland County is a nonprofit educational institution and principal repository for original documents and artifacts relating to Rockland County. Its headquarters are a four-acre site featuring a history museum and the 1832 Jacob Blauvelt House in New City, NY.www.RocklandHistory.org
Documentary Film on Nyack's Urban Renewal - Crossroads of Rockland History
19-06-2023
Documentary Film on Nyack's Urban Renewal - Crossroads of Rockland History
Broadcast originally aired on Monday, June 19, 2023 at 9:30 am on WRCR Radio 1700 AM  We learned about a new documentary film  titled What Happened to Jackson Avenue: A Story of Urban Renewal. Clare Sheridan spoke with the filmmakers, Hakima Alem and Rudi Gohl. We  also heard from members of the Phoenix Theatre Ensemble, Craig Smith and Elise Stone, who are producing this powerful film.What Happened to Jackson Avenue: A Story of Urban Renewal covers an urban renewal program in Nyack in the 1960s and ’70s that removed 125 families (79% Black). These families lost their homes, families, and community, as well as generational wealth valued at $30 million-$40 million. The film includes personal and emotional stories from individuals who were present and saw the destruction of their community. Now in their eighties and nineties, they want to be heard.Screening dates in collaboration with Rivertown Film have been set: Saturday, June 24, 2023, 8 pm, and Friday, July 7, 2023, 8 pm, at The Nyack Center, 58 Depew Avenue (at intersection of Broadway and Depew), Nyack. To reserve tickets for a screening, click here: https://phoenixtheatreensembleorg.thundertix.com/events/213870To watch a trailer for the documentary, click here:  https://www.phoenixtheatreensemble.org/what-happened-to-jackson-ave.To learn more about the film or the Phoenix Theatre Ensemble, visit https://www.phoenixtheatreensemble.org.***Crossroads of Rockland History, a program of the Historical Society of Rockland County, airs on the third Monday of each month at 9:30 am, right after the Jeff and Will morning show, on WRCR Radio 1700 AM and www.WRCR.com. Join host Clare Sheridan as we explore, celebrate, and learn about our local history, with different topics and guest speakers every month. Our recorded broadcasts are also available for streaming on all major podcasts platforms.  The Historical Society of Rockland County is a nonprofit educational institution and principal repository for original documents and artifacts relating to Rockland County. Its headquarters are a four-acre site featuring a history museum and the 1832 Jacob Blauvelt House in New City, NY.www.RocklandHistory.org
"Along Came Zita" book by Tom Stratford about Zita Johann - Crossroads of Rockland History
15-05-2023
"Along Came Zita" book by Tom Stratford about Zita Johann - Crossroads of Rockland History
Broadcast originally aired Monday, May 15, 2023, 9:30 am, on WRCR AM1700We explored the new book by local author Tom Stratford titled Along Came Zita.The book has been described as “a story of one man's journey with Hollywood Gold”: Zita Johann  (1904–1993), who lived for many years in Rockland County. A stage and screen actress, Johann is best known for her role opposite Boris Karloff in the film The Mummy. She debuted on Broadway in 1924 and made her first film appearance in D. W. Griffith's 1931 film The Struggle. After seven films, she quit movie acting to work in the theater, collaborating with John Houseman, to whom she was married from 1929 to 1933.  About the author: Tom Stratford is an actor and author who resides in the Hudson Valley. He has appeared in more than forty film and television productions. Along Came Zita is his first book. It follows the life of a famous classic movie star and the enthusiastic young man that came to know Zita Johann and whose teachings impacted him to this day. This is a story that involves Hollywood history, spiritualism, trust, theft, drama, and an ongoing pursuit for justice.Along Came Zita is available now at  BOOKBABY.  After May 29, 2023, it will be available wherever books are sold. Tom Stratford will be giving a virtual author talk on Sunday, May 21, 2023, at 7 pm. The event is free and open to all. Details and registration info are here: https://www.suffrageforward.org/upcoming-events.***Crossroads of Rockland History, a program of the Historical Society of Rockland County, airs on the third Monday of each month at 9:30 am, right after the Jeff and Will morning show, on WRCR Radio 1700 AM and www.WRCR.com. Join host Clare Sheridan as we explore, celebrate, and learn about our local history, with different topics and guest speakers every month. Our recorded broadcasts are also available for streaming on all major podcasts platforms.  The Historical Society of Rockland County is a nonprofit educational institution and principal repository for original documents and artifacts relating to Rockland County. Its headquarters are a four-acre site featuring a history museum and the 1832 Jacob Blauvelt House in New City, New York.www.RocklandHistory.org
150. Getting There:  Exhibition at the Orangetown Museum - Crossroads of Rockland History
17-04-2023
150. Getting There: Exhibition at the Orangetown Museum - Crossroads of Rockland History
Episode originally aired on Monday, April 17, 9:30 am, on WRCR 1700AMWe explore “Getting There: Rivers, Roads, Rails,“ the new exhibition opening at the Orangetown Historical Museum & Archives.Mary Cardenas, Orangetown Historian and museum director; Elizabeth Skrabonja, exhibition curator; and Steve Schwinn, member of the Board of the Friends of the Orangetown Museum, jjoined  host Clare Sheridan. We’ll find out why transportation matters in a place where the journey is a part of the adventure.The exhibition, which features models, paintings, maps, a film and more, will open at the DePew House, 196 Chief Bill Harris Way, Orangeburg, on Sunday, April 23. It will be open to the public on Tuesdays and Fridays, 10 am–2 pm and Sundays, 1–4 pm, through November 2023.Learn more about the exhibition and auxiliary programs here: https://www.orangetownmuseum.com/events***Crossroads of Rockland History, a program of the Historical Society of Rockland County, airs on the third Monday of each month at 9:30 am, right after the Jeff and Will morning show, on WRCR radio 1700 AM and www.WRCR.com. Join host Clare Sheridan as we explore, celebrate, and learn about our local history, with different topics and guest speakers every month. Our recorded broadcasts are also available for streaming on all major podcasts platforms.  The Historical Society of Rockland County is a nonprofit educational institution and principal repository for original documents and artifacts relating to Rockland County. Its headquarters are a four-acre site featuring a history museum and the 1832 Jacob Blauvelt House in New City, New York.www.RocklandHistory.org
The History of Avon with County Historian Craig Long - Crossroads of Rockland History
20-03-2023
The History of Avon with County Historian Craig Long - Crossroads of Rockland History
Broadcast originally aired Monday, March 20, 2023 at 9:30 am, on WRCR AM 1700In recognition of March as Women's History Month, we delved into the history of Avon. Beginning as the California Perfume Company, it called Suffern, NY home for more than a century, making it one of the longest continuously running businesses in Rockland County.Host Clare Sheridan welcomed Rockland County Historian Craig Long back to the program for a lively discussion about the history of Avon, its impact on Rockland County, and the role women played in its success.  After more than a century in the western Ramapo village of Suffern, NY, the international cosmetics conglomerate Avon Products plans to close up shop and move its research and development operations to Brazil and Poland.  To learn more about Avon's history in Rockland County, visit the HSRC's archived issue of "South of the Mountains" (South of the Mountains 1997-10, Vol. 41, No. 4)Read it on NYHeritage here:  https://nyheritage.contentdm.oclc.org/digital/collection/hsrc/id/3818/rec/1_____Crossroads of Rockland History, a program of the Historical Society of Rockland County, airs on the third Monday of each month at 9:30 am, right after the Jeff and Will morning show, on WRCR radio 1700 AM and www.WRCR.com. Join host Clare Sheridan as we explore, celebrate, and learn about our local history, with different topics and guest speakers every month.The Historical Society of Rockland County is a nonprofit educational institution and principal repository for original documents and artifacts relating to Rockland County. Its headquarters are a four-acre site featuring a history museum and the 1832 Jacob Blauvelt House in New City, New York. www.RocklandHistory.org
Mr. Marshall Comes to Hillburn with Dr. Travis Jackson - Crossroads of Rockland History
20-02-2023
Mr. Marshall Comes to Hillburn with Dr. Travis Jackson - Crossroads of Rockland History
Broadcast aired Monday, February 20, 2023, 9:30 am, on WRCR AM1700Crossroads of Rockland History  recognized February as Black History Month. Host Clare Sheridan revisited the 2011 interview with Dr. Travis Jackson (1934–2021) about his personal memories and his extensive research related to the desegregation of the Hillburn schools and the role that Thurgood Marshall played in this important piece of Rockland history.To read Dr. Jackson’s article "Mr. Marshall Comes to Hillburn," visit the HSRC's  archived issue of South of the Mountains (vol.47, no. 1, 2003) at https://nyheritage.contentdm.oclc.org/digital/collection/hsrc/id/4450/rec/1.About Dr. Travis Jackson: Dr. Travis Jackson was born and raised in Hillburn. He was entering the fourth grade in 1943 when Hillburn families of color and the NAACP worked together to desegregate the Hillburn schools. The experience shaped young Travis. "I had an early understanding of what segregation does to people," he said in a 2004 interview. "I knew what it felt like, and that's why I became an educator." As an educator, Dr. Jackson was the first African American to teach at Suffern High School. He later became an administrator in Ridgewood, New Jersey. Dr. Jackson was a critical contributor to the quadracentennial celebrations in the county with key leadership roles in both the Tappan Zee Bridge with the Historical Society of Rockland County and the Mighty River Project with the African-American Historical Society of Rockland County, Rockland Community College, and the CEJJES Institute. Other awards he received included the Distinguished Alumnus at SUNY Cortland, Suffern High School Alumnus of the Year, the Ashby Award, which is the highest award that a Ridgewood teacher or administrator can receive. He was a member of the Rockland County Civil Rights Hall of Fame, and the recipient of the Margaret and John Zehner Award for historic preservation at the County Executive Historic Preservation Merit Awards._______________Crossroads of Rockland History, a program of the Historical Society of Rockland County, airs on the third Monday of each month at 9:30 am, right after the Jeff and Will morning show, on WRCR radio 1700 AM and www.WRCR.com. Join host Clare Sheridan as we explore, celebrate, and learn about our local history, with different topics and guest speakers every month.  If you are not local and you want to listen to the broadcast, simply download the TuneIn Radio App and search for WRCR.  After the broadcast, the program will be available as a podcast on all major podcast platforms.  Check out many of our recorded broadcasts on all major podcast platforms.The Historical Society of Rockland County is a nonprofit educational institution and principal repository for original documents and artifacts relating to Rockland County. Its headquarters are a four-acre site featuring a history museum and the 1832 Jacob Blauvelt House in New City, New York.www.RocklandHistory.org
New Exhibit at Edward Hopper House with Kathie Bennewitz - Crossroads of Rockland History
21-11-2022
New Exhibit at Edward Hopper House with Kathie Bennewitz - Crossroads of Rockland History
A 30-minute version of this interview aired on Monday, November 21, 2022 at 9:30AM on WRCR Radio 1700AM. 2022 marks the 140th birthday of Edward Hopper. On this episode, we learned about about the events celebrating this extraordinary artist, who was born in Nyack, NY.Kathie Bennewitz, executive director of the Edward Hopper House, joined host Clare Sheridan to discuss the new exhibition at Hopper House, Edward Hopper‘s Boyhood on the Hudson River and Emerging Artistic Vision, on view now through March 26, 2023; a new documentary about Hopper, "Hopper, An American Love Story" that was screened on November 16, 2022, at Rivertown Film; and the Whitney Museum’s new exhibition Edward Hopper’s New York.***About our guest: Kathleen Motes Bennewitz, executive director of the Edward Hopper House, has extensive experience with Connecticut museums and nonprofits and has won several awards, including the Connecticut League of History Organizations Award of Merit in 2019 and 2020 and the Leadership in History Award, the most prestigious national award given by the American Association of State and Local History (AASLH), in 2017. She holds degrees in art history from Princeton University and the University of Delaware. After curatorial positions at the Amon Carter Museum and Frederick R. Weisman Art Museum at the University of Minnesota, and in education at the Minneapolis Institute of Art, she served as director of exhibitions and programs at the Greenwich Historical Society (the historic site of the Cos Cob art colony) and Fairfield Museum and History Center. She has curated exhibits on American art and artists over her career and in Connecticut at the Lockwood-Matthews Mansion Museum, Norwalk Historical Society, Westport Historical Society, Westport Library, and Westport Public Art Collections. She and her husband, Scott, have twin adult daughters.About the Hopper House exhibition: Curated by Carole Perry and Kathleen Motes Bennewitz, with Lynne Z. Bassett, this new exhibition, on view through March 26, 2023, showcases childhood drawings by the artist on loan from the Whitney Museum of American Art and works from private collections, including the Arthayer R. Sanborn Hopper Collection Trust, alongside Hopper’s school notebooks and artmaking materials and artworks by family members from the Museum’s Sanborn-Hopper Family Archive. Together, these objects provide a glimpse into Hopper’s early years, the influence of his boyhood proximity to the busy waterfront and commercial district of his hometown, and insights into his life at home and his family’s support of his developing talent and ambitions. About the documentary screening: Phil Grabsky’s new documentary, Hopper: An American Love Story, was released in October 2022 to coincide with the Whitney Museum of American Art’s exhibition Edward Hopper’s New York and the Edward Hopper House Museum’s Edward Hopper’s Hudson River Boyhood and Emerging Artistic Vision. The acclaimed film explores the enigmatic personality behind the brush, taking a deep look into Hopper’s art, his life, and his relationships, and prominently features Nyack in its opening chapter.
Haunted History with Linda Zimmermann plus "Lavender" - Crossroads of Rockland History
17-10-2022
Haunted History with Linda Zimmermann plus "Lavender" - Crossroads of Rockland History
Broadcast originally aired Monday, October 17, 9:30 am, on WRCR Radio.We  explored the Haunted History of Rockland County. First, host Clare Sheridan read the mysterious story of Lavender, and afterward we revisited a 2014 episode of "Crossroads"  featuring an interview with the author, historian, and ghost hunter Linda Zimmermann. Whether it’s the house on LaVeta Place in Nyack; Bosco; Clarkstown's Jane “Naut” Kanniff, and the last witch trial in New York; or the Goblin of the Dunderberg, Linda knows them all and will share them with us.Linda Zimmermann, the author of more than twenty books, is a popular speaker and has made numerous appearances on television and radio. Her topics include history and science, and she has been investigating and writing about haunted sites for fifteen years.The story of Lavender appears in Zimmermann's book  entitled "Ghosts of Rockland County", a Spirited Books publication, 1998.  ***Crossroads of Rockland History, a program of the Historical Society of Rockland County, airs on the third Monday of each month at 9:30 am, right after the morning show, on WRCR Radio 1700 AM and www.WRCR.com. Join host Clare Sheridan as we explore, celebrate, and learn about our local history, with different topics and guest speakers every month. If you want to listen to the live broadcast and you aren't local, simply download the TuneIn Radio App on your smartphone or tablet and search for WRCR. If you can’t listen live, the recorded broadcast will be available as a podcast on the www.RocklandHistory.org website (under the "Podcasts" tab), as well as of the major podcast platforms, including Apple, Stitcher, Google, and Spotify.The Historical Society of Rockland County is a nonprofit educational institution and principal repository for original documents and artifacts relating to Rockland County. Its headquarters are a four-acre site featuring a history museum and the 1832 Jacob Blauvelt House in New City, New York.www.RocklandHistory.org
Memories of Burgess Meredith:  Jonathan Meredith - Crossroads of Rockland History
19-09-2022
Memories of Burgess Meredith: Jonathan Meredith - Crossroads of Rockland History
Broadcast originally aired on Monday, September 19, at 9:30 am on WRCR RadioWe  turned our attention to the life and legacy of the actor Burgess Meredith, who lived in Pomona, NY for thirty years. Meredith’s son, Jonathan Meredith, joined Clare Sheridan to share his memories of his father, growing up in Rockland County, and his father’s eclectic group of creative friends and neighbors, including Maxwell Anderson, Alan Jay Lerner, and more.Jonathan is a professional musician living in Grass Valley, California. As a teen, he collaborated with Tony and Hunt Sales (sons of the comedian Soupy Sales) and fellow Rocklander Jon Pousette-Dart to form the group Tony and the Tigers, which opened for the Animals at Steel Pier in Atlantic City and performed twice on the popular television program Hullabaloo.Burgess Meredith, the raspy-voiced character actor with unruly hair and a grimacing yet humorous nature, displayed versatile acting skills that kept him before cameras and on-stage for more than seventy years. He began life as George Burgess, the son of a Cleveland doctor. The family dissolved early on, and Meredith said he took solace in acting in school plays. He was accepted at Amherst College on a scholarship in 1926, but finances forced him to leave school. He worked as a merchant seaman, tie salesman, and peddler of vacuum cleaners before drifting to New York City and Eva Le Gallienne’s Student Repertory Group. “I had no money,” Meredith said in a 1976 interview, “but Eva took me in.”He left the group in the early 1930s for roles in The Threepenny Opera, Little Ol’ Boy, The Barretts of Wimpole Street, and many other Broadway and off-Broadway productions. The playwright Maxwell Anderson, who was living in Rockland County at the time, became aware of Meredith’s talents and wrote the play Winterset with him in mind. A melodrama of a son out to avenge his father’s death, Winterset became not only a Broadway hit in 1935 but also a motion picture a year later, with Meredith re-creating his role as the son, Mio. It was the first of three stage portrayals that established Burgess Meredith as a significant actor. The other two were Van Van Dorn, who escapes civilization for a single evening in Anderson's play High Tor (1937), and Stephen Minch, who is permitted to return to the years of his youth in The Star-Wagon (also 1937). The critic Wolcott Gibbs praised him in the New Yorker as “brilliant, impressive, heartbreaking, vibrant and eloquent.”If the phrase “actor’s actor” has any validity, Meredith was its prototype: His early credits also include Shakespeare's Hamlet and Macbeth. He found an entire new career late in life as a scheming villain on television and as Rocky Balboa’s crusty manager in films. The image on this page is his portrayal of Van Van Dorn in High Tor.***The Historical Society of Rockland County is a nonprofit educational institution and principal repository for original documents and artifacts relating to Rockland County. Its headquarters are a four-acre site featuring a history museum and the 1832 Jacob Blauvelt House in New City, New York.www.RocklandHistory.org
New Exhibitions at HSN and HSRC with Miriam Hoffman and Susan Deeks - Crossroads of Rockland History
15-08-2022
New Exhibitions at HSN and HSRC with Miriam Hoffman and Susan Deeks - Crossroads of Rockland History
Episode originally aired on Monday, August  15, 2022, 9:30 am, on WRCRThe  August, 2022 episode focused on the new exhibitions at the Historical Society of the Nyacks and at the Historical Society of Rockland County.Miriam Hoffman was  on hand to discuss “Storytellers from Nyack & Nearby,” the current exhibition at the Historical Society of the Nyacks. The exhibit features the work of 14 authors and illustrators of children’s books, including the local authors Berta and Elmer Hader, who wrote the first children’s book by Americans. The exhibit includes fascinating stories about the authors and illustrators, reviews of some of their noteworthy books, and many stunning illustrations. Several of the books are set in Nyack, with scenes from decades ago that are still recognizable. In addition to the Haders, the authors and Illustrators featured in the exhibition are Jon Agee, Barbara Brenner, Carson McCullers, Beth Goff, Helen Hayes, Ben Hecht, Yaroslava Mills, Toni Morrison, Paul Peabody, Elizabeth Sayles, Mindy Warshaw Skolsky, and Michael Witte.“Storytellers from Nyack & Nearby” will appeal to anyone who loves children’s literature (who doesn’t?) and anyone who is interested in Nyack history. The exhibition will be welcoming visitors through mid-September. The museum is in the Depew House, 50 Piermont Avenue (enter from the Nyack Library parking lot). It is open Saturdays, 1-4 pm. Donations are encouraged.Auxiliary programming has also taken place in conjunction with “Storytellers from Nyack & Nearby.” On May 28, 2022, Nick Norwood, director of the Carson McCullers Center in Columbus, Georgia, shared how McCuller’s book Sweet as a Pickle and Clean as a Pig came about. The recorded webinar is available for viewing at https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3zjflXSqgF4. For information about future auxiliary programming, visit NyackHistory.org.Susan Deeks spoke about “Uniquely Rockland: Important, Iconic & Oddball Objects” from the HSRC Collection. The collection of the Historical Society of Rockland County comprises thousands of objects that date from the early 18th century to the present. It includes important collections of furnishings original to the family of Jacob Blauvelt, who lived in the historic sandstone and brick farmhouse next door from about 1832 to 1970, as well as objects original to the early farms, industries, and people of Rockland County have donated for more than a century. Each item chosen for this exhibition tells a story about a person or group of people, place, or thing that existed (and may still exist) in Rockland. Text panels in the exhibition are based on the essay “A Brief History of Rockland,” by Thomas F. X. Casey, past County Historian and HSRC President. The exhibition will be open through October 30 at the History Center, 20 Zukor Road, New City. Admission: $5 per person (children 6 and under admitted free).***The Historical Society of Rockland County is a nonprofit educational institution and principal repository for original documents and artifacts relating to Rockland County. Its headquarters are a four-acre site featuring a history museum and the 1832 Jacob Blauvelt House in New City, New York.www.RocklandHistory.org
Orangetown Memory Project (Exhibition) - Crossroads of Rockland History
18-07-2022
Orangetown Memory Project (Exhibition) - Crossroads of Rockland History
Episode originally aired Monday, July 18, 2022, 9:30 am, on WRCR AM1700We  learned about “The Orangetown Memory Project,” the new exhibition at the Orangetown Historical Museum and Archives. Members of the museum staff (Mary Cardenas, Elizabeth Skrabonja and Stefanie D'Erasmo) joined Clare Sheridan to discuss the exhibition, which uses artifacts and archives from the Orangetown Museum's permanent collection to discover how finding out about our past adds immeasurable value to our daily lives.About the exhibition: Preserving the Past informs the future; it takes more than words, architecture and objects. It requires a type of literary imagination. History is about the continuity of place that occurs within the context of change. Living with landmarks can anchor a community and celebrate daily creative reciprocity. Period photographs present a type of magic mirror, and handwritten documents shift us into a slower, more formal gear. As we question who we are, finding out who we were adds immeasurable value to our daily lives. In this place that was settled by colonists from The Netherlands in the 17th century, the mysterious Dutch Merchant Wearing a Falling Lace Collar centers our exhibition. The story of how he got here is as serendipitous and colorful as our Blauvelt descendants. It is a celebration of now through the precious, the incommunicable past. It is a key to the future. Let’s consider what is old in a new way.The Orangetown Memory Project is on view now:Where:   DePew House, 196 Chief Bill Harris Way, Orangeburg, NYWhen:  Now through November 22, 2022. Exhibition hours are Tuesdays and Fridays, 10 am-2 pm, and Sundays, 1 pm- 4 pm.Learn more at the Orangetown Historical Museum's website:  https://www.orangetownmuseum.com.Special auxiliary programming is scheduled: 8/5       at 10:30am  - Orangeburg Library Children’s  K-6 Program Story and Craft9/24    Time TBD -  Yoga with Debbie at the Museum10/10 Time TBD -  “Bridgerton” High Tea Fundraiser11/3     5pm  - Annual Dinner at 76 House Fundraiser12/4, 11, 18 Time TBD  - Holiday Open House at the Salyer House*****Crossroads of Rockland History, a program of the Historical Society of Rockland County, airs on the third Monday of each month at 9:30 am, right after the morning show, on WRCR Radio 1700 AM and www.WRCR.com. Join host Clare Sheridan as we explore, celebrate, and learn about our local history, with different topics and guest speakers every month. If you want to listen to the live broadcast, and you aren't local, simply download the TuneIn Radio App on your smartphone or tablet and search for WRCR.  We are pleased to announce that we have begun loading our archived podcasts to all major Podcast platforms.The Historical Society of Rockland County is a nonprofit educational institution and principal repository for original documents and artifacts relating to Rockland County. Its headquarters are a four-acre site featuring a history museum and the 1832 Jacob Blauvelt House in New City, New York.www.RocklandHistory.org