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Are You Ready For The Summer (Camp)?

Lake Sebago Bear Mtn 201305The Harriman Group Camping program began 100 years ago with the belief that parks should be for all people, particularly the urban poor who lacked fresh air and leisure. The Palisades Interstate Park Commission (PIPC) began a series of social relief programs at more than 100 camp facilities in Harriman State Park. Sponsored by social & philanthropic organizations, thousands of NY and NJ children came every summer to experience the magic of nature.

Come experience the best of times of summer camp through an interactive exhibit celebrating 100 years of summer camps at Harriman State Park. The exhibition runs from May 18-Sept 15 at the Historical Society of Rockland County. Exhibit hours are 12n-4p Wed-Sun with an opening reception on Sat May 18 from 1-3p.

Special events include

  • Sunday, June 9 – 3pm – Family Camp Song Sing-a-long
  • Thursday, July 18 – 7:15pm – Evening Lecture with Curator Sue Scher
  • Sunday, August 18 – 3pm – Family Nature Program


Sue Scher is the guest curator for this exhibit at the Historical Society of Rockland County, 20 Zukor Rd, New City, NY. Admission is free but donations are appreciated. For more information, visit   or call  845-634-9629

Postcard Illustration of Lake Sebago at Bear Mountain courtesy of the HSRC.

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Nyack People & Places, a weekly series that features photos and profiles of citizens and scenes near Nyack, NY, is sponsored by Sun River Health.

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