I want to congratulate the Warwick Valley Dispatch and the Archives of the Warwick Historical Society.
On Sat., Oct. 7 and Sun., Oct. 8 at 1 p.m., Rest Haven in Monroe is releasing its own documentary about the Adult Home Residence history from 1923 to 1968. This event is free to the public. The event is being sponsored by the Town of Monroe Historical Society and the Preservation of Rest Haven and will be held at the Town of Monroe Art & Civic Center, located at 34 Millpond Pkwy. in Monroe.
As a significant contribution, your two organizations helped in many ways to prove to the world that this home has not change since 1902 when it was built by the Welch Brothers of Warwick.
On Mar. 23, the house was named as a Historical site by New York State. On Jun. 26 the home was placed on the National Registry of Historical Places.
All of this was started by one man, Moses Charles Migel aka M. C. Migel. In 1921, Mr. Migel started the American Foundation for the Blind (AFB) with his own money. Just two short years later, Mr. Migel, with the assistance of his wife, Elisa, opened up Rest Haven to serve humanity. It was in 1932 or so when Mr. Migel brought in Helen Keller to the AFB as a Board of Trustees.
In this end, your two great organizations have been included in this documentary. We invite the residents of Warwick to come see history being made.
We will release this documentary for the first time to the public. Preceding the documentary, we have invited a guest speaker on Sat., Oct. 7 at the 1 p.m. showing. This woman played a young Helen Keller in the Miracle Worker starring Patty Duke. Following her speech, we will be showing the original Miracle Worker.
We will repeat the same showing on Sun., Oct. 8 at 1 p.m. Our additional guest speaker will be Helen Selsdon, Archivist for the American Foundation for the Blind.
Come one, come all – residents of Warwick. Learn how Monroe and Warwick were so connected.
Thanks Warwick – a community of true believers in preserving our history.
TIMOTHY J. MITTS