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Volume 1, Issue 5
July 2010

Sands Ring News


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Celebrating 250 Years of History

By Sally A. Stanley

On Saturday, October 2, the Board of Trustees hosted a birthday party for Sands Ring Homestead Museum. Adults and children gathered together to celebrate this historic occasion.

The party came alive with children’s hoop games, family scarecrow making, wool spinning, and herb planting. Noted musician, Rosalinda Perez, entertained the guests with period harpsichord music. Sally Stanley, the museum’s Executive Director, shared Sands family stories with the guests as they sat spellbound in the old meeting room. After a rousing happy birthday song in the colonial herb garden, the crowd was treated to birthday cupcakes and apple cider.

Sands Ring Homestead is one of the oldest Dutch colonials still standing in the Hudson Valley. Built in 1760, prior to the Revolutionary War, this home has stood steadfast through time. It served as the home for members of the Sands and Ring families until 1907. Currently it now serves as a living-history museum.

The celebration also served as a fund raiser for a new roof. The present roof was a gift from Ralph E. Ogden over 50 years ago. It served the Homestead well, but it is time to replace it.
With $12,000 in the New Roof Fund, Friends of Sands Ring Homestead Museum is still in need of contributions. The projected cost for a new roof and dormer repair is $50,000. Bruce Stanley, President of the Board of Trustees, is confident that with community support the funds will be raised.

To contribute to the New Roof Fund, send donations to:
Friends of Sands Ring Homestead Museum
P.O. Box 226,
Cornwall, NY 12518


A Word from Our New President

As we closed the fiscal year in September, the Board of Trustees worked hard successfully planning our October 250th Birthday Celebration. It was also a time to reflect on the progress of our non-profit organization and the expansion of our museum programs over the past year. Hard working volunteers, board trustees, along with community members of all ages joined together to create many exciting community events. These events fueled regional interest and increased knowledge of our collective historical past. I am convinced Catherine Sands smiles on us all. I am grateful to the Board of Trustees which worked tirelessly to make a difference. We are here to share not only our colonial history, but to actively make new history as we propel our museum and programs into the 21st century. Thanks to Sally, Colleen, Lidwin, Elsa, Doris, and Marge for your continued effort and support. With 2010 as a sound baseline, 2011 is poised to be a banner year for Sands Ring. I want to thank all of our members for your active participation in 2010. As the new president of Friends of Sands Ring Homestead Museum, I look forward to 2011 as a transition year with new programs, new members, new ideas, and new success. Thanks to all!

Recipe Books Make Great Holiday Gifts

Sands Ring Recipe Books are available for holiday gift giving. Created to commemorate the 250th Birthday of the Homestead, the books contain recipes from the Sands Ring Homestead collection, pictures and historical information, along with fascinating facts about herbs.

For each book, we are requesting a $15 donation. These can be obtained locally at: Cornwall Yarn Shop; Candles, Creative Gifts & More; Jones Farm; and the Hudson Valley Gallery.

For those who live out of town and wish to obtain a recipe book, we ask for a $20 donation to help defray shipping and handling expenses. Donations can be made on our website via Paypal or email us for more information regarding payment and shipping. More information can also be obtained by calling 845-534-4829.

All proceeds from the sale of the Sands Ring Recipe Book benefit our New Roof Fund.


Help Celebrate our 250th Birthday

  • Buy a Recipe Book
  • Contribute to the New Roof Fund
  • Become a member of Friends of Sands Ring Homestead Museum
  • Become a Facebook Fan

Many Thanks to the
Ralph E. Ogden Foundation for the $5,000 Challenge Grant for our New Roof Fund

We have met the challenge!



Colonial Learning and Activity Programs

Sands Ring Homestead Museum continues to offer Colonial Learning and Activity Programs to area school districts and community groups. We offer a 2-hour combination House Tour and Workshop Program. The tour provides students with an historical perspective and the workshops provide students with a hands-on colonial experience. Choices of workshops include: spinning and weaving, open hearth cooking, and quill pens and cornhusk dolls. The cost is $15 per student.

A more comprehensive one or two day program consisting of four hours each day is also available. It can be custom designed to meet your curriculum needs.

To learn more, visit our website at www.sandsring.org or call us at 845-534-4829. Our season runs from April 1 to November 1.

To learn more, visit our website: www.sandsring.org or call us at 845-534-4829.

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Sands Ring Homestead

Sands Ring Homestead Museum
180 Main Street
P.O. Box 226
Cornwall, NY 12518


Phone: 845-534-4829

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