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Greene History Notes: Spring Opportunities

Recruiting posters for World War I nurses.
March 12, 2019 11:36 am Updated: March 12, 2019 11:41 am


Today I am happy to announce two Greene County events set for this spring. The first is the seventh annual installment of the Olga Santora Woman’s History Lecture Series. The second is a Murder Mystery Event to support the rehabilitation of the Coxsackie Mansion Street Cemetery.

Dr. Olga Santora (1915-2010) was a full professor at SUNY New Paltz. In celebration of Women’s History Month, the Greene County Historical Society presents these programs to honor Dr. Santora, their former president. She was a lifelong advocate for reading, education and women’s issues in our community. She worked tirelessly with many organizations besides the Historical Society including the Heermance Library, Mid-Hudson Library, Greene County Literacy Volunteers, BPW and Coxsackie-Athens Elementary School. Upon her passing in 2010 she left endowments to county historical societies in Greene and Delaware counties, SUNY Oneonta and New Paltz. She will long be remembered for her commitment to education and for philanthropy.

This year the Olga Santora Woman’s Lecture will be held March 24 and will feature Historical Re-enactor Maxine Getty who will present the program, “World War I Nurses.” Getty will portray Major Julia Stimson, a remarkable woman who was known for her dedication to nursing and her organizational skills. Getty will share Julia’s story and will also touch briefly on several other women who served as nurses during the First World War.

Maxine Getty is retired from the U.S. Air Force as a Senior Master Sargent with 28 years of service. She has been interested in historical re-enactments since first accompanying her husband as he portrayed historical figures for local community groups. She found there were not many women portrayals especially from the time period of the mid nineteenth-century. This led her to research women of all walks of life from that period. She has been doing these historical impressions for the past 30 years.

The program begins at 2 p.m. and will be held in the reading room of the Greene County Historical Society’s Vedder Research Library located on the grounds of the Bronck Museum. Refreshments will be served at the conclusion of the program. The Bronck Museum is located just off US 9W 1.5 miles south of the intersection of routes 9W, 385, and 81 near Coxsackie. This program is free and open to the general public, but donations would be appreciated in support of the Beecher Scholarship — a $1,000 annual scholarship awarded to a Greene County senior high school student who writes a paper related to Greene County history.

The next happening is the Murder Mystery Event to be held on May 11 at Pegasus Restaurant on Route 9W in Coxsackie. Doors will open at 7 p.m. when hot and cold hors d’oeuvres will be served. There will also be a cash bar. The mystery is titled “Death of a Gangster” and will be presented by a professional group of actors from The Murder Mystery Co. The cost is $55 per person and all net proceeds will support the rehabilitation of the Coxsackie Mansion Street Cemetery. Reservations are required and tickets will be available shortly at the Heermance Memorial Library, Heartland Realty, Coxsackie Village Offices and Pegasus Restaurant. Payment can be made by cash or check payable to the Village of Coxsackie Mansion Street Cemetery Committee.

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