North Salem Historical Society

81 Keeler Lane, Post Office Box 31, North Salem, New York 10560

Thanks to all who attended our annual meeting, “Bringing Stories to Life!”

Our First: The Grants, part 1, Jane Grant deMcCarty, interviewed by Tom Purdy

We plan to post the video soon along with a text version with photos and the complete audio

The video (14 minutes) is a shortened version of the original audio (1 hr, 6 minutes)


Gingerbread Contest

at the Ruth Keeler Memorial Library

Build an historical building of your choice

Entry forms available at library November 1

Return no later than Friday, November 26

All gingerbread house entries are to be brought to the library

between Monday, November 29 and

Saturday, December 4 during library hours

Judging for the People’s Choice Award will be ongoing

the week of December 6 – 11

Judging by our Panel of Judges will be Sunday, December 12 at 1:00 pm

Celebration information will be available closer to the date

Questions: email us at

The Great Historic Lego Contest Winners

In the 16 to adult category:

Best Historical Construction—Jen Armbruster, The Purdy Homestead

Most Creative Construction—Liam Trageser, Keeler Lane Bridge

In the 9-15 year old category:

Best Historic Construction—Morgan Anderson, Quick Barn

Most Creative Construction—Olivia Anderson, Balanced Rock

In the 8 and under category:

Best Historic Construction—Drew Karam, Balanced Rock

Most Creative Construction—Jack and Blake Haugh, Keeler Lane Bridge

Most Architectural Construction—Dawson Anderson, Purdys High School.

Look who won our Raffle! Actually, Patty Kravit won but she graciously turned the winning ticket over to her neighbor, Morgan Melkonian. Morgan's so excited to begin her new adventure!

A big shout-out to Ashley Yozzo of Summit Farm for making this all possible.

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Photos from our annual meeting October 2019 at Vails Pavilion

It was our 50th anniversary and another record crowd helped us celebrate

June 2019 at our annual Strawberry Festival draft horses and oxen were on hand from Rock Hill Farm:

The Seventh Graders had a wonderful history tour of North Salem:

We had the best chili ever on Sunday, January 27, 2019 at the White Elephant. And the Raffle winner of the Horse-drawn carriage ride was....

Congratulations Virginia!

We had a full house on Friday, November 30, 2018 for our Winter in Upper Salem cocktail party.

Due to the wonderful attendance and support for NSHS we decided to give all the proceeds from the wreath silent auction to the Organization of Choice (instead of a 50/50 share). We thank everyone who participated.

What a beautiful day and walk in the on Sunday, November 4, 2018. We hiked through sections of Mountain Lakes Park and caught a glorious view to the north from a spot close to where the Port of Missing Men tavern once stood. Afterwards lunch at the White Elephant where numerous photos were on display as well as one of the original Registry books. Some 20,000 people traveled great distances to see this property in the early 1900s. Now we know why!

We periodically have an historical display in the Library conference room. We are working on a new one and should have it up before the library reopens.

We received a donation of benches from Therese Donahue, and trustee Peter Bliss has spruced them up with a fresh coat of stain. See how perfectly matched they are for our patio with grindstone centerpiece:

Thanks to all who hiked through Mill Hollow with us. What a wonderful day! Here are some photos

Archives: Oh What Fun We Had. Pig Roast 2017:

July 16, 2017, Sunday: Strawberry Festival - thank you CF Fire Department, Rob Fogle of Groundbreakers, Jack DeStories from Fairfield Auction, Hannah Holtzer our facepainter, Maggie and Martin our music ensemble and all who came and enjoyed the day!

Annual Meeting 2016: Topic: Croton Falls, guest speakers Bobby Tompkins, Ray Furlan and Drew Outhouse.


Cat Ridge Day 2016 and the newly restored receiving vault:

Strawberry Festival 2016: Thank you to the Croton Falls Fire Department,

Jo Ann Brown (spinner), Michael Blum (balloonist), Chez Leonard (hot dog stand)