The new exhibition past/forward is starting this weekend at the Orangetown Museum in Orangeburg, NY.
Beginning with the opening reception on Saturday, May 7, the exhibit will be on view on Sundays (1pm-4pm) and Tuesdays (10am-2pm) until November 13, 2016.
All the installation is done, and the museum is ready to welcome all the visitors, finally.
The exhibition is going to showcase historical materials which were collected from the town of Orangetown. These fragments of history exhibited will tell the audience about the stories of this historic town.
The show is organized based on a theme "preservation" of the town history and importance of passing it on to the future.
Archeological objects excavated around the historical Seth's House which has been currently under restoration finally, will welcome visitors in the first gallery.
Beside introducing historical materials, the museum is taking a new approach to this show as a history museum of the town.
The exhibition is containing contemporary artworks by a young Dutch artist, Nynke Koster.
Her works were created by casting architectural parts. Fragments of history obtained from those historical architectures are made into works of art with a new material while they remain reflecting the exact shape of the architecture. Her interpretation of history will play an important role in the exhibition connecting the past and the future.
Her mold work of the Gates of Paradise (The Baptistery in Florence, Italy) will be shown being juxtaposed with the museum's historical collections in the gallery.
Preservation is not only about activities done by professional people at special cites. This great collection (hats and wedding attire) of Lanzilotti family tells preservation happens at home with our family memorabilia.
The museum also introduces the record of preservation of historical houses. The text and the video shows how these irreplaceable architectures.
For the preservation in the town couldn't have been made possible without tremendous effort by historians, the locals and organizations which are supporting this area's preservation activities.
One wall of this gallery is dedicated to those people. The exhibition celebrates the most significant 28 personnel/groups from them as the heroes of the town history.
Also, the film of the project This Place Matters conducted by one of the interns of the museum will be introduced here.
The documentary film This House Matters will be screened throughout the exhibition time. More visual information of the preservation happening in Rockland County will enrich the exhibition theme.
Behind the doors, plates and glasses are standing by for fresh cook food for the opening reception on May 7. I am looking forward to seeing the show launched with celebration.
The show is now all ready with effort by all staff and volunteer members, and great support by all the people concerned.
Orangetown Historical Museum and Archives (The DePew House)
196 Chief Bill Harris Way,
Orangeburg, NY 10962
OPEN Sundays (1pm - 4pm), Tuesdays (10am - 2pm)