Historical Society of Shawangunk & Gardiner

2018  Programs and Society Information

Most meetings will be held in the Town Hall Community Room at 14 Central Ave, Wallkill, NY

Free to all - Light Refreshments Served

2018 Spring Programs

Wednesday April 4, 2018  at 7 PM 

Location: Shawangunk Town Hall Community Room

Program: History of  the Purple Heart

The award known as the Purple Heart has a history that reaches back to the waning days of the American Revolution. The Continental Congress had forbidden General George Washington from granting commissions and promotions in rank to recognize merit. Yet Washington wanted to honor merit, particularly among the enlisted soldiers. On August 7, 1782, his general orders established the Badge of Military Merit.  

Learn how this badge become know as the Purple Heart and the history of National Purple Heart Hall of Honor at a meeting and presentation sponsored by the Historical Society of Shawangunk and Gardiner on Wednesday March 7, 2018 at 7 pm in the community room at the Shawangunk Town Hall, 14 Central Avenue, Wallkill. Free. Light refreshments provided. For further information, contact Donna @ (845) 851-8105 or donna.myer@yahoo.com.

 


Saturday, August 18, 11-2 p.m.

Shawangunk Day at Walker Valley Schoolhouse. 

Enjoy a Wallkill and Walker Valley

Power point presentation.

A Story to be Told

By

Robert Borden Reifmueller

 

A former Austrian Citizen relates his experiences on
 American Occupied Austria after WWII
.

Britain, America, France & Russia left on Oct 26th 1955
Now the Annual Flag Day in Austria.

Meeting and Presentation

Historical Society of Shawangunk & Gardiner

Date: September 5, 2018  @ 7 PM  

Location: Knight of Pythias Meeting Room at 5 Main Street in Wallkill

Light Refreshments – Free to all

Contact: Harold Van Aken 845-895-3321
ShawangunkHistoricalSociety@gmail.com

 

Ulster County’s Rich Traditions

By

Ismael “Ish” Martinez Jr.

 

Comprehensive historical retrospective on Las Villas of Plattekill and Ulster County. Ulster County was first settled in 1652 and officially became a county in 1683. Its rural nature, scenic beauty, and the Catskill Mountains have made it a popular vacation destination since the 19th century. Described in numerous news articles as the Spanish Alps, Las Villas, as they were collectively known, was a lively enclave of Spanish, Puerto Rican, and other Hispanic summer resorts in Plattekill. Starting in the 1920’s and for the next 60 years, the area became the most popular vacation destination for Latinos in the Northeast, with an emphasis on music, food, language and customs.

Meeting and Presentation

Historical Society of Shawangunk & Gardiner

Date: October 3, 2018  @ 7 PM  

Location: Knight of Pythias Meeting Room at 5 Main Street in Wallkill

Light Refreshments – Free to all

Contact: Harold Van Aken 845-895-3321
ShawangunkHistoricalSociety@gmail.com

 

SAVE THE DATE

 Saturday, November 10, 2-4 pm

 Historical Society Annual Benefit Tea.

Shawangunk Town Hall, 2-4.

 
 
 

 

 
 
 
 
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