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Putnam County Celebrates 204th Birthday

County Executive MaryEllen Odell
County Executive MaryEllen Odell Photo Credit: Sam Barron

CARMEL, N.Y. -- County Executive MaryEllen Odell will join County Historian Sarah Johnson, and members of the public to celebrate the county’s 204th birthday, known as Putnam County Day, on Monday, June 13 at 10 a.m. at the Historic Courthouse at 44 Gleneida Ave. in Carmel. 

This annual celebration and award ceremony honors the day that the New York State Legislature deeded what is today Carmel, Kent, Patterson, Philipstown, Putnam Valley and Southeast, forming Putnam County. This event will feature a number of awards presented to local organizations and individuals who work diligently to enrich and preserve the history of Putnam County.

“Putnam County Day is always an exciting event,” says Odell. “I enjoy all the facets of the historical treasures that so many wonderful individuals work tirelessly on to preserve our important history and places throughout the county.” 

Over the past 40 years different themes have been celebrated on Putnam County Day including honoring veterans, effects of transportation, Ninham and the Wappingers, Main Street “then and now”, and ethnic change.

 This year, the Historian’s Office will focus on the advancement of historical collections through digitization. Samples of digitized photographs and records unearthed from the Putnam County Archives will be featured during the ceremony. The 2016 Putnam County Day Awards include: 

  • The Exemplary Museum and Exhibition Award: Steven Miller, Executive Director, Boscobel House and Gardens, and Jennifer Carlquist, Curator, “Hudson Hewn: New York Furniture Now” 
  • The Innovative History Award: Melissa McGill, artist, Constellation, Bannerman’s Island 
  • Creative and Adaptive Reuse of a Historic Structure Award: The Tompkins Corners Cultural Center 
  • Lifetime Achievement Award: Eric Gross, Journalist 

Also celebrated on this day will be the publication anniversaries of The Putnam County Courier (175 years) and The Putnam County News and Recorder (150 years).

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