2019 Armchair Talks

The HSN’s long running John Scott Armchair History series continues with three lectures this fall. These lectures are free of charge, with donations gratefully accepted to help defray publicity expenses.

Each program is presented twice: Wednesdays during the evening at Nyack Library, 59 South Broadway, Nyack, at 7 p.m., and Thursdays during the afternoon at the Valley Cottage Library, 110 Rte. 303, Valley Cottage, 2 p.m. For Nyack Library lectures, please call to register at 358-3370 x 214.

The Making of Bibsy: Weaving Research into Historical Fiction
Presented by Brenda Ross

Wednesday, October 30, 7:00 p.m. at the Nyack Library &
Thursday, October 31, 2:00 p.m. at the Valley Cottage Library

Brenda Ross will discuss the various threads of research woven into her historical fiction novel, Bibsy. Published in 2015, Bibsy, Ross’ historical novel gives greater insight into the complexity of African American lives. Set in 1952, with the construction of the New York State Thruway and the Tappan Zee Bridge as a back drop, a rural enclave becomes a casualty of suburbanization. Brenda Ross is a trustee of the Historical Society of the Nyacks and a former editorial assistant and member of the editorial board of The Journal News.

Exploring the History of South Nyack
Presented by Asha Paulose

Wednesday, November 20, 7:00 p.m. at the Nyack Library Thursday, &
November 21, 2:00 p.m. at the Valley Cottage Library.

Come explore South Nyack’s rich history! Journey back to the late 1800s to visit how life was. Let’s take a digital walk down South Broadway to see all of the Old Victorian Homes surrounding the area. Learn all about the distinct architectural designs found in these houses. Let’s also visit some of the famous artists and authors that lived in South Nyack including Carson McCullers, Julian O. Davidson and Mortimer Borne. We will also learn more about the new South Nyack Trail and take a sneak peek at the 2020 Walking Tour Season. A trustee of the Historical Society of the Nyack, Paulose practices Elder Law at Hoffman& Keating in New City.

John Green’s Legacy : A Study in Contradiction
Presented by John Patrick Schutz

Wednesday, December 18, 7:00 p.m. at the Nyack Library
& Thursday, December 19, 2:00 p.m. at the Valley Cottage Library

Explore the history of one of the oldest stone structure in Nyack, and the man who would become the father of commerce in Rockland County, a driving force between the Nyack Turnpike and daily Steamboat service to New York City, this successful businessman and progressive industrial visionary, nonetheless was one of the last to utilize slave labor in the state of New York. Learn about his structures, conveyances and infrastructure projects that became the backbone of the Village we know today that might not have been achieved without the forced labor of his workers. John Patrick Schutz is the Historian for the Village of Nyack and a relator with Better Homes and Gardens / Rand Realty Nyack.