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Rockland County Historians Awarded At Dinner

The Historical Society of Rockland County has announced its annual dinner will be March 6.
The Historical Society of Rockland County has announced its annual dinner will be March 6. Photo Credit: Historical Society of Rockland County on Facebook

ROCKLAND COUNTY, N.Y. -- The Historical Society of Rockland County will hold the 2016 Annual Dinner March 6 at The View on the Hudson in Piermont. 

Guests will enjoy a cocktail hour, award presentations and entertainment by the Army Air Forces Historical Association Squadronaires USO Troupe. 

The following are award recipients:

Lifetime Service Award: Marianne B. Leese, Senior Historian of the Historical Society of Rockland County. 

Within a few months of arriving in Rockland in 1976, Marianne was volunteering at the Historical Society. She was present for the dedication of the new museum in 1977 and helped install its first exhibition.

She is a former editor of our quarterly journal, South of the Mountains, and continues to serve as contributing editor; has been involved with the historical marker program for thirty years; and co-chairs the Collections Committee. 

Community Service Award: Joseph P. Gordon, lifelong Haverstraw resident and U.S. Navy veteran.

In addition to being the oldest living member of General Warren Emergency Company #2, Gordon is the oldest surviving chief of the Haverstraw Fire Department. He has also served on the Haverstraw-Stony Point Central School District Board; the BOCES Board; the Haverstraw Village Democratic Committee; the Haverstraw Ambulance Corps; and the Village Board of Haverstraw, among others.

 Living Landmark Award: David Lipman, lifelong Hillcrest/Spring Valley resident (SVHS, Class of '39) and decorated U.S. Army veteran (Bronze Star). 

David holds a degree in civil engineering from New York University and worked for his family’s business in Garnerville until he retired in the 1980s.

The AAFHA, based in northern New Jersey, is a historical and educational nonprofit organization that provides static displays of World War II Army Air Forces memorabilia.

For information about attending the dinner, advertising in the commemorative journal, or donation silent auction items, visit, email, or call the Society at (845) 634-9629. The Historical Society of Rockland County is a nonprofit educational institution and principal repository for original documents and artifacts relating to Rockland County. 

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