RECOGNIZING OUR 2015 SUMMER INTERNS
At the December 19 meeting of the PHS Board of Trustees the Society was honored to present Certificates of Appreciation to our talented group of Summer Interns.
Demi Giannico and Jamil Escobar, both students of Dr. Anthony Troncone at Dominican College, will be graduating with the Class of 2016. Their particular assignment with the Society was to prepare a Vistors’ Guide to the artifacts contained in the Pre-Industrial Room at the John C. Storms Museum. The guide details each of more than 3 dozen pieces contained in the display thus making it easier for visitors to appreciate the ingenuity of those who lived in the Pascack Valley 200 years ago.
Our third intern this summer was Miss Elise High, a junior at The Academy for the Visual and Performing Arts at the Bergen County Academies. Given her interest and her accomplishments in the field of dance, Elise was given the task of researching the Society’s collection of women’s shoes and preparing an exhibit entitled “Stepping into History” which officially opened on December 19 in the Ellen Berdais Hall portion of the museum.
The Society will forever be grateful to these three talented young people for their conscientious efforts in helping PHS further its mission of “Preserving the Past for the Future”. We will sorely miss their youthful enthusiasm, delightful personalities and commitment to excellence. We are certain that their work ethic along with their many talents will lead to much success in whatever field of endeavor they ultimately pursue.
THE BRIDGE THAT SAVED A NATION
On November 15 Berdais Hall was filled to capacity to hear historian Todd W. Braisted, a past president of the Bergen County Historical Society, recount the story of “The Bridge that Saved a Nation”. Attendees learned about the critical importance of a small wooden bridge built in 1745 that spanned the Hackensack River at New Bridge Landing (present day River Edge). After major losses on August 27, 1776 at the Battle of Brooklyn, General George Washington moved his Continental Army troops toward Manhattan with the British in pursuit. Washington and his men were driven completely out of New York after several more defeats, and forced to retreat through New Jersey and into Pennsylvania. The hasty withdrawal of the American garrison across the Hackensack River at New Bridge in November of 1776, preserved them from entrapment by British forces.
2015 CURIOSITY SALE – A HUGE SUCCESS!!
MANY THANKS TO ALL WHO SUPPORTED OUR CURIOSITY SALE IN ONE WAY OR ANOTHER. THANKS TO YOUR GENEROSITY AND ASSISTANCE, THE SALE PROVED TO BE OUR MOST SUCCESSFUL IN YEARS!
REMEMBERING OUR VETERANS OF THE KOREAN WAR
On Sunday, June 14, sixty-five years after the beginning of the conflict, PHS was honored to host a panel of four veterans of the Korean War era.
An audience of 60 was given the opportunity to hear a first hand account of events that occurred during that time. The story of what took place there during the years 1950-1953 is one that has largely been overlooked or forgotten.
The hardships faced, courage displayed and sacrifices made by thousands of American soldiers to keep South Korea from falling into the hands of the Communist north are what the Society sought both to honor and to celebrate on this memorable occasion.
“DUTCH DELIGHTS” PRESENTED AT THE BRISTAL
On Thursday, June 11, residents at the Bristal in Woodcliff Lake were treated to a special lecture on art history. Retired art teacher and former PHS Trustee Mrs. Barbara Farina spoke on 16th and 17th century Dutch oil painting. Participants in the program were then given the opportunity to try their hand at creating their own still-life painting. Contact firstname.lastname@example.org for further information.
FIRST FRIDAY AT THE RIVER VALE LIBRARY
Many thanks to the Friends of the River Vale Library for inviting PHS to give a presentation reminiscing about the 30’s, 40’s and WWII at their First Friday event on June 12.
4TH GRADE WALK THROUGH HISTORY
PHS volunteers were happy to welcome 39 fourth graders from Eastbrook School in the morning and 43 students from West Ridge School in the afternoon as the Park Ridge school system continued its long tradition of promoting the learning of local history by conducting its annual spring walk through town on May 28.
RESIDENTS OF EMERITUS AT EMERSON VISIT PHS
On Thursday, April 23, residents from Emeritus at Emerson visited the Pascack Historical Society in Park Ridge for a tour given by PHS President George Sherman. The Society’s many artifacts and displays chronicle the life of Pascack Valley residents from the time of the Lenape Indians and early Dutch settlers through the 20th century. The museum is open on Wednesdays from 10:00-noon and on Sundays from 1:00-4:00. Private tours of the museum are available by appointment. Further information may be found by e-mailing email@example.com.
HOW TO SPEAK ANTIQUE PART III: PURSUING PERIOD FURNITURE
After being snowed out in February, the Society was happy to welcome over 60 guests on Sunday, April 19, to hear museum curator Robert Mathez conduct the final talk in his three part series entitled Speak Antique. Copies of the brochures prepared for each of the talks are still available in our gift shop.
LEARNING OF THE PRESIDENTS’ LADIES
On Sunday, March 22, an audience of 55 heard Dr. Anthony Troncone speak on “The Presidents’ Ladies”. In a fascinating talk, Dr. Troncone regaled his listeners with delightful anecdotes of most of the presidents’ wives and the influence they had or may have had on decisions made in the Oval Office.