Instead of hibernating throughout the cold winter months, members and volunteers of the Warwick Historical Society have been busy at work on the collections and multiple buildings and projects that are currently underway. During the recent 2019 Annual Membership meeting held on Sun., Apr. 14, it was reported that the Society had enjoyed another vigorous year of events, educational activities, and special programs.
Welcome Executive Director
The Historical Society welcomes Nora Aman Gurvich as the new Executive Director. Gurvich is a Warwick resident and has been a Trustee on the Albert Wisner Public Library’s Board for nearly 10 years. She has an extensive background in non-profits and fundraising and is eager to represent the Historical Society in her new role.
Education Program Honored for Adding Value to the Community
The Society recently received an Award of Merit from the Museum Association of New York (MANY) for its Teaching with Primary Sources program. This prestigious award was the result of tireless efforts from the Education Committee chaired by Mary Ann Knight with members Kathleen Garitano, Carolyn Gill, Sharon Halper, Richard Hull, John Johansen, Joan Kissinger, Bonnie Kunert, Mark Kurtz, Rita Laskin, Richard Leo, Ivy Tulin, Kathy Weslowski, and Lyn Willemse.
The Teaching with Primary Sources program is integrated in the Warwick Schools curriculum, and aligned with the NYS curriculum at each grade level. The program was honored for its thorough planning and integration into the curriculum, as well as the valuable benefits to the community.
Buildings & Grounds Dig Deeper into History
The Warwick Historical Society owns nine buildings and three properties located in the Village of Warwick. Plans for long-term exhibits are underway as well as continuing restorations, a slow and costly endeavor.
For the first time in many years, the Shingle House will be open for the annual fourth grade walking tours on Wed., Jun. 12 and Thurs., Jun. 13 as the Society has made great progress on the multiple projects at the site.
The ongoing archaeological dig at the Shingle House continues to unearth artifacts and treasures lost for generations. The meticulous and patient work of categorizing each item, not only discovered on the grounds but also the generously donated contents of the house, falls to the dedicated volunteers who painstakingly assemble, identify, protect, and categorize each find. The work on the exterior of the Shingle House has been completed, and a fence has been erected around the dig site to allow for protection for visitors to the site, and to preserve future excavations.
Preserving Yesterday, One Item at a Time
The Archive Department carefully researches and records all of the items in collection for the Society, and welcomes new material relevant to Warwick and, on a lesser degree, Orange County. They, along with the Clothing and Textile Department, are always busy with the vast collection, identifying a timeline and relevance to Warwick for every item.
Upcoming Special Events
Plans for the annual fundraiser, the Party in the Park scheduled for Sat., Aug. 24, are underway. Each year the annual fundraiser grows bigger and better thanks to the efforts of the Development Committee and the Party’s dedicated coordinators. More information and tickets will be available soon.
Other events to anticipate include the Memorial Day Remembrances in May, the Wine, Cheese, and Jazz inaugural summer event on Sun., Jun. 9, and George Washington Day scheduled for Sun., Jul. 28.