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2015

 

 

The Castle: A Cornwall Love Story  

The Castle: A Cornwall Love Story
Talk and Book Signing by Jeffrey Jacobson

Saturday, April 11
Cornwall Town Hall, 26 Pine Street
4 p.m.

The Cornwall Historical Society is pleased to announce the publication of “The Castle: A Cornwall Love Story” by Jeffrey Jacobson. The book is an adaptation of the lecture presented by Jacobson in 2010 and includes 21 historic and contemporary images of Cornwall’s “Castle” and its first residents. Jacobson will discuss his research at this talk and book signing.

The Castle is a unique Cornwall landmark, built during the 1920s by NYC socialite Charlotte Bronson Hunnewell Martin. Shortly after purchasing Turtle Bay Gardens, a complex of brownstone townhouses in New York City, Martin began building a unique country retreat for herself and her husband, Dr. Walton Martin, in Cornwall. Dubbed “The Castle” by locals, the 8,412 square foot mansion was completed in 1924 and was used as a summer retreat. Charlotte added a pottery to the estate in 1927, hiring Vincenzo Rondinone to be her resident artist. Rondinone's Narrow Valley Pottery, and the Castle itself, became integral parts of Cornwall's history.

Over the course of the past 50 years, following the death of Charlotte Martin in 1961, the Castle has been a private country retreat for a number of owners, one of whom added a helipad to the property. The Castle's most recent owner, hedge fund manager Alphonse “Buddy” Fletcher, purchased the Castle for $5.9 million in 2000.

Copies of “The Castle: A Cornwall Love Story” will be available for purchase at the talk, for $15 each, Proceeds will benefit the Cornwall Historical Society. Cash or check only, no credit cards.

"The Castle: A Cornwall Love Story" may also be purchased online through Lulu.com and Amazon.com.

Refreshments will be served.
Free, donations welcome.

 

 

Seeking Civil Liberties: A Dilemma For Judges
Talk by Norman Dorsen

POSTPONED
Cornwall Town Hall, 26 Pine Street

PLEASE NOTE THAT THIS PROGRAM HAS BEEN POSTPONED. We will update this page when a new date has been selected.

Norman Dorsen will share with his audience sample civil liberties cases which illustrate the complexities of decision making for Supreme Court and other justices. How do judges make decisions? What considerations must be weighed?

Dorsen is Stokes Professor of Law, NYU School of Law, and Counselor to the President of New York University, where he has taught since 1961. He is co-director of the Arthur Garfield Hays Civil Liberties Program and was the founding director of NYU's Hauser Global Law School Program in 1994. He served as president of the American Civil Liberties Union 1976-1991. Earlier, while general counsel to the ACLU, he argued Supreme Court cases including those that won for juveniles the right to due process, upheld constitutional rights of out-of-wedlock children, and advanced abortion rights. He also helped write petitioner’s briefs in Roe v. Wade and appeared amicus curiae in the Gideon case, the Pentagon Papers case and the Nixon Tapes case, among others.

Dorsen was the founding president of the Society of American Law Teachers and the founding president of the U.S. Association of Constitutional Law. He was chair for four years of the Lawyers Committee for Human Rights (now Human Rights First) and has chaired U.S. Government commissions for the Department of Health, Education, and Welfare and the Treasury Department. Among other honors, he received the Medal of Liberty from the French Minister of Justice in 1983 and the Eleanor Roosevelt Medal for contributions to human rights from President Bill Clinton in 2000. In 2007, the Association of American Law Schools presented him with its first triennial award for “lifetime contributions to the law and to legal education.”

Refreshments will be served.
Free, donations welcome.

 

 

 

 

MOO! Dairy Farming Then & Now
Exhibit Opening Reception

Friday, June 26
Cornwall Historical Society, 7 Pine Street
5 - 7 p.m.

Help us celebrate the opening of our 2015 exhibit, Moo! Dairy Farming Then & Now, at our reception held in the exhibit galleries.

Refreshments will be served.
Free, donations welcome.

 

 

 

 

 

Curator's Talk

Butter, Cheese, & Milk: Cornwall's Dairy Past
Curator's Talk

Sunday, July 12
Cornwall Town Hall, 26 Pine Street
2 p.m.

Exhibit Curator Raechel Guest will share highlights from Moo! Dairy Farming Then & Now, which explores the history of dairy farming in Cornwall. Following her slide lecture at Town Hall, we will head down the street to our building to view the exhibit.

Refreshments will be served.
Free, donations welcome.

 

 

 

 

Family Day

 

Cheese, Pleeze!
Family Day

Saturday, July 25
Olds' Field, Valley Road
10 a.m. - 3 p.m.

A great event for all ages, this year’s Family Day, “Cheese Pleeze!,” will be bigger and better than ever before! The program will be held on Jewell Street, at the end of Pine Street in Cornwall, where participants will have a view of the Milking Devon cattle which graze in Coltsfoot Valley. A Jersey cow from Local Farm in Cornwall will be present, and participants can try their hand at “milking” a model cow. A variety of dairy products will be available for tasting; ice cream will be made in a steam-powered ice cream maker; and participants can make butter by hand. In the afternoon, children will be able to make a delicious dairy dessert with CHS Board member and professional baker Susan Saccardi of Suzie’s Sweets.

In addition, Joseph Brien of Lost Art Workshops will lead a hands-on workshop in which kids will  make wooden milking stools. Participants must be at least 8 years of age and accompanied by an adult. Children can work individually or in teams. There will be two milking stool sessions: the first from 10 a.m. to 12 noon; the second from 1 to 3 p.m. There is no charge for this workshop; attendance is limited to ten children or teams at each session. Please RSVP by calling the Cornwall Historical Society at (860) 672-0505 or emailing info@cornwallhistoricalsociety.orgPlease note early registration for this part of the day's events is required; when registering, please indicate your preference for the morning or afternoon session.

Family Day also will include Cornwall fiddler Rachel Gall and singer-songwriter Lydia MacDavid on guitar as they perform farm favorites, lead sing-alongs and teach barn dances. 

Refreshments will be served.
Free, donations welcome.

 

 

 

Dairy Barns

Dairy Barns
CANCELLED Due to Scheduling Conflict
Cornwall Town Hall, 26 Pine Street
2 p.m.

PLEASE NOTE That This Program Has Been Cancelled Due to Scheduling Conflict. Renard Thompson of Bring Back Barns will present an illustrated lecture on the history and types of barns in the region, and he will demonstrate different construction techniques using 19th century tools.

Refreshments will be served.
Free, donations welcome.

 

 

 

 

Milk Money

 

Milk Money
Talk by Kirk Kardashian

Sunday, September 20
Cornwall Town Hall, 26 Pine Street
2 p.m.

Kirk Kardashian, author of the 2012 book, Milk Money: Cash, Cows, and the Death of the American Dairy Farm, will share his insights on the economic challenges faced by small dairy farms today. Cornwall's only dairy farmer still in business, Chris Hopkins of Stone Wall Dairy Farm, will also be present to share some of his personal experiences.

Refreshments will be served.
Free, donations welcome.

 

 

 

Cow Tales

Cow Tales
Sharing Memories with Richard Schlesinger
Sunday, October 18
Cornwall Town Hall, 26 Pine Street
2 p.m.

CHS Board member and CBS correspondent Richard Schlesinger will moderate an afternoon of sharing memories of Cornwall's dairy farms. Whether you worked on a farm, or just remember the cows grazing in a field, your stories of Cornwall's dairy farming past are welcome. Feel free to let us know in advance that you're interested in participating, or simply show up and share. You are also welcome to attend just to listen.

Refreshments will be served.
Free, donations welcome.



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