Copake, New York
Local culture | Local living
13 August 2019 05:01PM
Roeliff Jansen Historical Society

The Hidden History of the Roe Jan Region in Copake Falls – This weekend, features extra hours for Copake Falls Day! Saturday, August 17th (Copake Falls Day) 10 am to 4 pm Sunday, open 2 to 4 pm

Multi-media, history-rich panels, and the unique and beautiful baskets themselves, allow you experience and learn all about the legendary baskets and basket makers of the Taghkanic Hills, including a rare short 1971 film by documentarian Jack Ofield featuring one of the last Taghkanic basketmakers, Elizabeth Proper. See and learn about the time Martin Scorsese (Taxi Driver, Goodfellas) brought his cameras to Copake to shoot part of his first feature film! See the campus of the world-renowned Claverack College, now erased with from history with almost no trace! See rare pictures of baseball legend Babe Ruth on his many visits to Copake Falls and find out why an illegal prizefight at Boston Corner lost Massachusetts an entire town to the State of New York!

New additions include the amazing story of how a Roeliff Jansen Central School graduate lost his high school class ring back in 1958, and remarkably had it returned to him only this summer – 61 Years later! – after it was found under the ground by a Copake Falls man using a metal detector! There is also a new section about the historic Roeliff Jansen Central School building on Route 22. History: Hidden in Plain Sight is a story with a still-uncertain ending, but a one whose roots run deep in this community.

The Roeliff Jansen Historical Society Museum,
Route 344 and Miles Road, a short distance off NY Route 22 in the historic hamlet of Copake Falls, New York. Website: http://www.RoeliffJansenhs.org

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