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Haverstraw Landslide Images from the Dutcher Collection

8 original images of the afternath of the Haverstraw landslide have been scanned from the Leonard C. Dutcher, Jr. Collection and added to the New City Library digital collections on http://hrvh.org4 of the images were scanned from glass plate negatives and 4 from real photo postcards.  We thank the Dutcher family for sharing this material with the library and the community.

Haverstraw Landslide images

Remembering Mary Marshall

We remember Mary Marshall who passed away in January at the age of 98.   She sat down with Robin Wren for an interview back in 2015.  In these two clips she talks about growing up on Old Mill Road and war-time Rockland County.  Read Mary's obituary here.

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In Defiance book talk rescheduled for Feb. 28th

Our book talk scheduled for this evening In Defiance: Runaways from Slavery in New York’s Hudson River Valley, 1735 – 1831 is being rescheduled.  We will instead show the film Family Name which had been scheduled for February 28th.  Susan Stessin-Cohn will now speak on February 28th at 7PM.

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One Veteran's Memories

It's Veterans Day and the library will be open from 11-6 today.  Remember to call or thank a veteran today for their service to our country.  We've interviewed many local veterans in the past few years as part of our oral history program here at the library.  Early in September we spoke with Albert H. Davis, a long-time New City resident and veteran of World War II.  In the clip below he recalls some of his first experiences in action during World War II.

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Remembering Bert Dahm

Rockland County lost another great one as Bert Dahm passed away last week.   I had just received a letter from him encouraging support for Heritage of West Nyack and their work with the Vanderbilt Onderdonk Traphagen property, so he was working tirelessly for historic preservation right until the end of his life.  He sat down for an interview with us back in 2014 and we're so glad that we have his memories to share with the community of growing up in West Nyack, how the Clarkstown Central School district emerged from a collection of small schoolhouses, the story of Rockland's vanished airports and much more.
Listen to the full interview with Bert here: http://www.hrvh.org/cdm/ref/collection/larc/id/3095

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Remembering Harry Waitzman

We were sad to hear of the passing of Harry Waitzman this week, a long-time resident of Rockland County.  It was about a year ago that he sat down with us and told us some stories from the old days about going to school in the English Church in New Hempstead, his father's fish store in Spring Valley, the War and the origins of important Jewish institutions in New City.  He was one of our best patrons, always curious and wanting to learn more, attending computer classes up until the last year of his life - a true life-long learner.  We'll miss you Harry.  Thanks for sharing your memories.

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Genealogical Society Meeting / Presentation on Web Sites Cancelled

The Genealogical Society meeting and presentation on web sites for Genealogist scheduled for Tuesday February 23rd at 7PM has been cancelled.   You can view a list of recommended sites here: Recommended Genealogy Sites 2016. A few of the highights are as follows:

The Missing Budke Tombstone Inscriptions Volume 5
(Digitized by our Friends at the Ridgewood Public Library's Bolger Heritage Center)

HRVH Historical Newspapers
http://news.hrvh.org
A new interface now and additional Rockland County newspapers.   This site now allows users to correct OCR text.

Share Listen Learn: The CD

We've worked hard this past year collecting stories from residents around Rockland County as part of the Share Listen Learn: Stories of Rockland County oral history program.  Many of the stories we've collected can be heard on our Rockland Room on SoundcloudSoundcloud page http://souncloud.com/rocklandroom - now you can take a piece of history home by purchasing a CD for $10 that features 26 short stories from your neighbors. 

Thanksgiving and Listening

We believe that people and their stories are important.  That's why we have conducted over 50 interviews in the past year with the help of a dedicated team of volunteers and staff and produced several Listening programs this Fall.  There are still two more listening events this year.  Next Monday November 30th at 7PM "Rockland Stories" will feature stories from people all around Rockland County that help us to understand what makes this place special.   The last event of the year on December 7th at 2pm, "Rockland County and World War II" will feature the stories of its residents who served in the armed forces and those who remember what it was like on the homefront.  Try interviewing your loved ones during the Great Thanksgiving Listen organized by StoryCorps.  You can preview some of the Rockland Stories at the link below.  

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Stories of Rockland County Veterans

The Library will be open this Wednesday on Veterans Day and that evening at 7:30PM we will be hosting a special event featuring the stories of your neighbors who served our Country in the Armed Forces.  There will be stories from men and women who served in the Army, Navy, Air Force and the Marines.  Stories will be from service in World War II, Vietnam, and the first Iraq War.  A number of video interviews produced by Clarkstown North's David Kaminski and filmed at the Rockland Independent Living Center will be shown as well.  Please be advised, some of these stories are graphic in nature.  We thank all the Veterans for their service and for sharing their stories.

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