Orangetown Memory Project (Exhibition) - Crossroads of Rockland History

Crossroads of Rockland History

18-07-2022 • 29 minutos

Episode originally aired Monday, July 18, 2022, 9:30 am, on WRCR AM1700

We  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, NY
When:  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:

Special auxiliary programming is scheduled:
8/5       at 10:30am  - Orangeburg Library Children’s  K-6 Program Story and Craft
9/24    Time TBD -  Yoga with Debbie at the Museum
10/10 Time TBD -  “Bridgerton” High Tea Fundraiser
11/3     5pm  - Annual Dinner at 76 House Fundraiser
12/4, 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 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.

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