New City — The Historical Society of Rockland County (HSRC) will host the Fourth Annual Rockland County High School Local History Conference on March 2, 2016. The day-long gathering, to be held on the SUNY Rockland Community College campus in Suffern, brings together history students, their advisers, and Social Studies Department chairs from high schools throughout Rockland County.

The Hon. C. Scott Vanderhoef, former Rockland County Executive and a past president of the Historical Society of Rockland County, will give the keynote speech at this year’s conference. Dr. Cliff L. Wood, President of SUNY-RCC; Rockland County Executive Edwin J. Day, Alden Wolfe, Chairman of the Rockland County Legislature; District Attorney Thomas Zugibe; Sheriff Louis Falco III; and Rockland County Clerk Paul Piperato will also be in attendance and address the students.

The highlight of the conference will be the presentations prepared by the students for their peers on “The Impact of the Tappan Zee Bridge,” “County Government,” “Recreation and Sports in Rockland,” “Social Changes,” “Business in Rockland County,” “Jobs and Occupations,” and other key aspects of Rockland County history of the past 50 years. The Fourth Annual Rockland High School Local History Conference is indebted to the generosity of SUNY-RCC President Cliff L. Wood and his office for providing the venue for this year’s event.

Richard Donegan, Education Coordinator at the HSRC, is planning the Fourth Annual Rockland County High School History Conference with Trustees William Sherwood and Larry Singer, co-chairs of the Society’s Education Committee. High schools participating in the conference are Albertus Magnus, Clarkstown North, Clarkstown South, Nanuet, North Rockland, Nyack, Pearl River, Ramapo, Spring Valley, Suffern, and Tappan Zee.

Attendance at the conference is by invitation. For more information about the conference program, sponsorship opportunities, or purchasing a congratulatory ad in the souvenir journal, go to www.RocklandHistory.org or call 845-634-9629.
The Historical Society of Rockland County is a nonprofit educational institution and principal repository for original documents and artifacts relating to Rockland County. Its mission is to acquire, preserve, and exhibit objects, buildings, and sites that reflect the history of Rockland County and the Lower Hudson Valley and to research, document, promote, and publicize the county’s rich historical heritage for the people of Rockland. The HSRC’s headquarters at 20 Zukor Road, New City, NY, consist of a four-acre site featuring the 7,200 square foot History Center; the historic Jacob Blauvelt House; and the post-and-beam Historic Barn and Carriage House.

The HSRC is open Wednesdays–Fridays, 10 a.m.–5 p.m., and on Sundays, 12–4 p.m. (during exhibitions, events and programs). Library research and tours of the Jacob Blauvelt House are available by appointment by contacting 845-634-9629.

For additional information about HSRC, visit www.RocklandHistory.org.

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