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IN PERSON St. Nicholas Day in a Box at Historical Society of Rockland County

IN PERSON St. Nicholas Day in a Box

  • Dec. 05, 2020 through Dec. 06, 2020, 45 minute programs at 10:30am, 12pm, 1:30pm, and 3pm each day
  • Historical Society of Rockland County
  • 20 Zukor Road, New City
  • Young elementary, Tween
  • $10 per box (one box per child)

The Historical Society of Rockland County is striving to keep this holiday tradition alive with their 59th annual Saint Nicholas Day program. They're offering an experience as a combination of curbside pickup box and online storytelling this year, with an in-person photo option following CDC safety guidelines to keep everyone healthy! Each Saint Nicholas Box contains a traditional printed program highlighting this Dutch tradition. Inside you will also receive individually packaged refreshments, recipes, special treats with instructions for filling children's shoes, and a unique link to view their magical storytelling done virtually from the Jacob Blauvelt House. When you come at your reserved time to pick up your box, you'll have the chance to visit with Saint Nicholas and his horse for a photo op (no contact please). Mask are required, and social distancing must be observed.

About Historical Society of Rockland County

20 Zukor Road

New City, NY

845-634-9629


    The Historical Society of Rockland County's collection comprises approximately 3,650 objects that date from the early eighteenth century to the present. It includes important collections of furnishings original to the Blauvelt family who lived on the property from 1832 to 1970, as well as objects original to the early farms and industries of Rockland County.

    The general collections include textiles, clothing, clothing accessories, personal items, furniture, decorative arts objects, household equipment unique to Rockland County, culinary food processing and service items, agricultural and industrial artifacts (e.g., ice-harvesting tools), Haverstraw bricks, and toys, games, and dolls.

    Notable items include a rare Rockland County kas (ca. 1705–1715); woven coverlets by David Haring (ca. 1834); a rare Dutch plow (c. 1790); and the entire contents of the Eckerson blacksmith and wheelwright shop of Spring Valley.

    The collection also contains sculpture, prints, and paintings that document the artistic and cultural aspects of Rockland County from 1825 to 1970 and includes works by prominent nineteenth-century artists such as the painters J. W. Hill and William Henry Bartlett; the marine artist J. O. Davidson; the printer, painter, and sculptor Mortimer Borne; and the early twentieth-century artists Martha Ryther, Henry Varnum Poor, Morris Kantor, and Hugo Robus.

    Several years ago, the Society broadened the scope of its collections to reflect newer immigrant groups, such as local Latino communities interested in preserving their heritage. Recent acquisitions reflect this history, such as Haitian dolls by a famous local craftswoman; wooden carvings and basketry by Ramapough Lenape Native Americans; and artifacts from the Italian, Irish, Haitian, and Asian American communities.

    Of particular note is the collection of Pierre A. Bernard and Blanche DeVries and the history of the Clarkstown Country Club. Bernard was the father of the American Yoga movement and Eastern (Tantric) philosophy in the United States; the club was his headquarters in Rockland County.