North Salem Historical Society

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

If you are not a member we hope you will consider joining us. If you want to receive our emails with information on our events and latest postings, consider joining our list-serve by signing up here: Join List-Serve

Gingerbread Contest - Time Extended !!

at the Ruth Keeler Memorial Library

Build an historical structure of your choice - some examples are at the Library, or, use the town's Landmark book*

Entry forms available at library or use the Contest Entry form below.

Please submit an entry form and your creation by Friday, December 10. Library closes at 5:00pm. No entries will be accepted after that.

Judging for the People’s Choice Award December 11 and 12 and

By our Panel of Judges, Sunday, December 12

Bonfire and refreshments at the library at 1:30pm; announcements of winners right after

Questions: email us at

*Landmark Book:

Click here to enter Contest on line: Entry Form

Click here to download an entry form: PDF of Entry Form

See below for Rules and Participant Categories (we added more!)

To make the judging fair, please follow these rules. For complete set of Rules, Download PDF Rules

Maximum size is 2' by 2' by 2', including base (no multiples).

Base must be sturdy so that we can move your project around.

Edible material only; no exceptions! This includes "glue" and supports.

Gingerbread kits are allowed, provided they are all edible materials.

Plug-in string lights are allowed; no battery operated ones.

Your entry should have historical significance but it does not have to be a house or building! Be creative and have fun!

Give your project a title; put your name under the base.

Entrants will be asked to grant the NSHS authorization to use images of your project on their website and in promotional material.


Participant Catergories:

Business or NonProfit/Organization

Adult(s) - age 18 and older

Professionals (chefs and bakers)

Teen(s) - ages 13-17 working without an adult

Youth - ages 12 and under working without an adult

Teen and Youth may be Single entrant or Group entrant and may receive adult supervision for baking gingerbread, but everything else (design, construction, decorations) must be by entrants.



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

The Video is posted and so is the original Audio. Soon we will post a text version with photos.

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

Go to our Historical Material page and scroll down to #5. Audios of all the other tapes are now up as well.

Coming next Spring/Early Summer

Cocktail Party at the Grant Schoolhouse building, now the beautiful home of the Kamensteins. Invitations will be out next spring.

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.

  • We've joined SmileAmazon. Did you know that if you use instead of just you can select a local charity to receive a small percentage of your purchases, all donated by Amazon? It has the exact same low prices, selections and convenience as Amazon with the added benefit that they will donate 0.5% of your eligible purchases to the charity of your choice. Check it out, please!

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)