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Haverstraw Launches 400th Celebration With Town Hall Exhibit

Guest curator of the Haverstraw exhibit, Corrine McGeorge, is shown with Mayor Michael Kohut, retired Judge Alfred J. Weiner, Howard Phillips, Wiliam Kohut, Joseph P. Gordon, and Isidro Cancel.
Guest curator of the Haverstraw exhibit, Corrine McGeorge, is shown with Mayor Michael Kohut, retired Judge Alfred J. Weiner, Howard Phillips, Wiliam Kohut, Joseph P. Gordon, and Isidro Cancel. Photo Credit: Photograph by Clare B. Sheridan, Courtesy Historical Society of Rockland County

NEW CITY, N.Y. -- The Historical Society of Rockland County and the town of Haverstraw has officially launched it 400th Anniversary Celebration with the opening of an exhibit running to May 15 at the Town Hall.

It highlights Haverstraw's past, including a little known area called“Dutchtown” exhibit curator Corinne McGeorge deems central to the town's history.

"Most people know little or nothing about it. However, Red Stone Beach, where Major John Andre came ashore to meet General Benedict Arnold in 1780, is part of Dutchtown, and that epic story of Revolutionary War treason, recounted in the exhibition, is certainly part of our national, as well as local history," she said.

Illustrated text panels created by McGeorge explore many aspects of Haverstraw’s riverfront history.

While its origins remain "mysterious," today Dutchtown is an enclave where artists such as James Tyler, Steph Gorin, Joan Harmon, Pat Hickman, Mark Kassis, and Ted Ludwiczak live and work.

The exhibit is open Wednesdays to Friday and Sunday, noon to 4 p.m. at Haverstraw Town Hall. Admission is free, though donations are accepted.

A series of lectures will complement the exhibition.

The following are upcoming:

"Hudson River Brick Makers," film and discussion, Thursday, April 21, 7:30 p.m., Historical Society of Rockland County Community Room, 20 Zukor Road, New City.

The Irish of Rockland County, George Leahy presenter, Thursday, May 19, 7:15 p.m., Community Room, 20 Zukor Road, New City.

"The Town is planning a jam-packed year of Quadricentennial events, of which the HSRC is proud to be a part," said Susan Deeks, Executive Director, Historical Society of Rockland County.

Click here for a complete list of town events.

For more information, call (845) 634-9629 or email director@rocklandhistory.org

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