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    • Jerry Donnellan Interview

    • Veterans; Disabled veterans;
    • Jerry Donnellan discusses growing up in Nyack in the 1950s, his service in Vietnam, working for Frank Sinatra as his stage manager after the war, and his career as Director of Veterans Affairs for Rockland County.
    • Travis Jackson Interview

    • Teachers; Teaching; Historians; Veterans; School integration; Segregation;
    • Travis Jackson of Suffern describes going to school in the segregated Brook School in Hillburn, NY and the events surrounding the integration of schools in Suffern. In the second part of the interview he discusses his career as an educator.
    • Walter J. Luther Interview

    • State parks & reserves
    • Walter J. Luther, Chairman of the Historical Society of the Palisades Interstate Park Region, describes visiting his grandfather's farm in the Park as a boy and more recently his work with the Historical Society and restoration efforts at St....
    • Tom Schassler Interview

    • Historic sites; Historical markers;
    • Tom Schassler talks about growing up in rural Stony Point, how things have changed, his historic preservation efforts, Jim Farley, and other people and places of note in Stony Point's history.
    • Judy Sisco Peaks Interview

    • Women
    • Judy Sisco Peaks talks about growing up in Sparkill, her parents and the community. She also discusses the Sisco Family and the integrated community know as Skunk Hollow. In the second half of the interview she talks about her career and the St....
    • Marie Koestler Interview

    • Research; Women
    • Marie Koestler discusses living in Shanks Village after Word War II, the origins of the Genealogical Society of Rockland County and genealogical research before and after the advent of the Internet.
    • Alice Gerard Interview

    • Archaeological sites; Archaeology; Women
    • Alice Gerard, a lifelong resident of Palisades, discusses the history of that community and her and her mother's work in local history. She also talk about her work as an archaeologist studying the controversial Glozel site in France.
    • Joan Gussow Interview

    • Nutrition; Women; Teachers; Teaching; Gardening;
    • Joan Gussow discusses coming to New York, how she became a teacher of nutrition at Columbia Teachers College, how her philosophy of teaching nutrition evolved, and her gardening in Piermont, NY.
    • Bert Dahm Interview

    • Airports; Airplanes; Quarrying; Lumberyards; Hardware stores; Schools; Shopping centers;
    • Bert Dahm talks about growing up in West Nyack, the traprock quarry his family owned until 1955, aviation and airports in Rockland County, his role in the building of the Nanuet Mall, and the evolution of the Clarkstown Central School District.
    • Tom Sullivan Interview

    • Bricks; Brick industry; Police; Fire fighters; Fingerprinting;
    • Tom Sullivan talks about growing up in the village of Haverstraw, his family connections to the brick industry, his own interest in collecting bricks, his career as a Police Officer, and work as a volunteer fireman.
    • Veronica Dwyer Interview

    • Telephone operators;
    • Veronica Dwyer talks about her family, her career working for the phone company which saw her move from telephone operator to computer programmer, growing up in Garnerville, and her burgeoning interest in genealogy.
    • Gardner Watts Interview

    • Hiking; Centenarians; Veterans
    • Gardner Watts recalls some of the notable events and memories from his life. Topics covered include meeting Daniel Carter Beard, founder of the Boy Scouts, how his interest in hiking and history developed, walking to the top of the Statue of...
    • Gertha Eubanks Interview

    • Women; Working mothers
    • Gertha Eubanks talks about growing up in Durham, North Carolina and coming to Nyack, NY. In particular, she discusses her faith, family, finding work at Rockland State Hospital, the search for adequate housing and her interest and involvement in...
    • Florine Lee Hamilton Oral History

    • Seamstresses; Women
    • Florine Lee Hamilton details her childhood in the segregated rural South on a cotton farm, her family's migration North to Nyack and then Brooklyn and what life was like in each place. She describes her family, learning to sew, and other aspects...
    • Mary Harris Oral History

    • Pollution; Nurses
    • Mary Harris discusses different aspects of her life, from her childhood memories of her hometown Donora to her move to Rockland. She talks about her family and her husband’s work on the Tappan Zee Bridge and Palisades Mall, as well as about what...
    • Joseph Thaxton Interview

    • Veterans; Judges; Politicians
    • Judge Joseph Thaxton discusses his life in Spring Valley, from growing up in a diverse community to his involvement in politics. He also talks about his experiences in the military and his family.

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