|Volume 1, Issue 5
points of interest:
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
Friends of Sands Ring Homestead Museum
P.O. Box 226,
Cornwall, NY 12518
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!
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.
Celebrate our 250th Birthday
- Buy a Recipe Book
- Contribute to the New Roof Fund
- Become a member of Friends of Sands Ring
- 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!
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.