Something for Everyone at the Historical Society’s 38th Annual Holiday Exhibition

PRESS RELEASE FROM THE HISTORICAL SOCIETY

PHOTOS BY DORICE ARDEN

“Mammoth” Jenny Wren blocks, “Lucy” cloth dolls, and mohair and leather teddy bear.
“Mammoth” Jenny Wren blocks, “Lucy” cloth dolls, and mohair and leather
teddy bear.

New City — The Historical Society of Rockland County announces the return of its popular annual holiday exhibition, now in its 38th year. With a renewed effort to showcase highlights from the Historical Society’s permanent collection, Hudson Valley’s Tastemaker Ned Kelly will curate the show entitled, “Simple Gifts,” which will be shown inside the historic Jacob Blauvelt House, c. 1832 (on the National Register of Historic Places).

In addition to selecting interesting, eclectic and unique items from the HSRC’s collection shelves, Ned Kelly and his team will decorate the historic Jacob Blauvelt House using their “perfect-pitch taste,” enhancing the charming spaces with exquisite beauty and refined elegance for the holidays.

“It has been wonderful getting a chance to peruse the shelves of the HSRC. Their collection includes so many interesting things that represent our unique county and its residents. I am particularly fond of the original Berta and Elmer Hader holiday cards. They are whimsical, graphic and colorful,” said Kelly.

Susan Deeks, the HSRC’s executive director commented, “We feel fortunate to have Ned Kelly and his team as collaborators this year. We hope that displaying part of our collection, all of which were gifts from generous members and friends, will remind viewers of yesteryear. An added bonus is to have them surrounded by Ned Kelly’s beautiful décor.”

Nineteenth-century doll.
Nineteenth-century doll.

Opportunities to view the “Simple Gifts” exhibition and the holiday décor will be during the Society’s Holiday Programs, on Saturdays and Sundays, 12–4 p.m., and by appointment on weekdays between December 14 and January 12. Admission to the exhibition is $7 for adults (non-members) and $3 for seniors, children (age 3-12) and HSRC members. Children under 3 are admitted to the exhibition free of charge.

Additional Holiday Program Details:

Saint Nicholas Day Program
Saturday and Sunday, December 7 and 8, 2013
Programs begin promptly at 10:30 a.m., 12 noon; 1:30 p.m., and 3 p.m. each day
Admission: $5 per person. (Includes admission to “Simple Gifts” Exhibition.)
Space is limited; prepaid reservations are required. For information, visit www.RocklandHistory.org.

Candlelight Tours of the Jacob Blauvelt House
Sundays: December 15, 22, and 29, and January 5 and 12
Tours begin promptly at 5 and 6:30 p.m. each evening
Admission: $10 for adults (non-members); $8 for seniors and HSRC members; and $5 for children. (Includes admission to “Simple Gifts” Exhibition.)
Space is limited; prepaid reservations are required. For information, visit www.RocklandHistory.org

As has been an ongoing tradition, the Historical Society also offers a raffle. Five lovely items will be offered as prizes, with a total retail value of more than $1,500. Raffle tickets will be available throughout the duration of the exhibition. For more information, call the Historical Society of Rockland County at 845-634-9629 or visit our website www.RocklandHistory.org.