Passages: The Lyrical and the Mundane
Photographer Hollis Rafkin-Sax opens her latest exhibit titled PASSAGES: The Lyrical and the Mundane, in the Oresman Gallery at the Larchmont Public Library on July 10, and will continue to be on view through August 30. Additionally, there will be a reception honoring the Ms. Rafkin-Sax on Thursday, July 12, from 6:00 to 8:30pm in the Gallery.
Hollis Rafkin-Sax is a New York-based photographer whose passion is visual storytelling. Her specialty is partnering with humanitarian organizations to help shine a light on vulnerable and less visible populations and tell the day-to-day stories that need to be told. In this capacity, Hollis has partnered with the Anti Defamation League (ADL), the Joint Distribution Committee (JDC), the American Red Cross, Women’s World Banking, and the Belizean Grove. She has traveled the world with her camera, and shot in a range of challenging conditions, including Bosnia, Cuba, Israel, Rwanda, Ethiopia, Cambodia, Vietnam, Laos, Botswana, South Africa, Zambia, Colombia, Peru, Costa Rica and Brazil.
Hollis is the former Vice Chairman of an international communications firm where she specialized in crisis management. Hollis was educated at Bowdoin College, the London School of Economics, and the International Center of Photography (ICP). Her work has been published in journals and exhibited in New York. She has two adult children and lives with her husband in New York.
Rockwood Hall Inside and Out: Exploring Westchester’s Lost Treasure
Developed by William A. Rockefeller in 1884, his estate “Rockwood Hall” in Mt. Pleasant in Westchester County, was declared “the second most impressive home in America.” Vanderbilt’s “Biltmore” in North Carolina was the first. Rockwood Hall itself contained 200 rooms and no expense was spared in its’ design, construction, and furnishings. Occupying nearly 1,000 acres along the Hudson River, equal precision was put to the design of the estate landscape, gardens, out buildings and carriage trails. Yet by 1941 it would all be gone.
Shrouded in mystery, all that remains today is the foundation and terraced staircases, which only adds to the allure and intrigue for the many that visit what is now “Rockwood Hall Park.” Local Historian and Researcher Paul Barrett will discuss ROCKWOOD HALL on Thursday, July 26, at 7:00pm at the Larchmont Public Library. Relying on photographs and images (most unavailable to the general public), his presentation “Rockwood Hall - Inside and Out” takes you around the mansion, into the main hall, through many of the opulently furnished interior rooms, and then guides us through the expansive out-of-doors with views of the lush gardens and estate buildings.
Paul Barrett has become a recognized authority on the subject of Gilded Age estate properties of Tarrytown. During his 20-year association with Lyndhurst, the National Trust property located there, he began to explore and research the ruins of the numerous estates that at one time surrounded Lyndhurst. His investigations have resulted in a very detailed recreation of more than 30-estates that comprised “one of the most condensed mansion districts” in the Hudson Valley at the turn of the last century.
Lacking sentiment and nostalgia, Barrett’s thorough accumulation of visuals and information on buildings, furnishing plan, landscape, outer-building, and even automobiles and pets combined with family social history creates a new form of “preservation” that is timeless and permanent. Paul relocated from Tarrytown to Hudson, NY, 14-years ago. When not researching houses, he is selling them. Paul is a salesperson with Hunt Real Estate handling Columbia and Greene Counties.
Theodore Roosevelt and the Nobel Peace Prize
On December 10, 1906, Theodore Roosevelt became the first American to win a Nobel Prize. Roosevelt was awarded the Nobel Peace Prize for his work surrounding the Treaty of Portsmouth, which ended the Russo-Japanese War. How it came to pass is unknown to most Americans today yet the impact it had on the world is nearly as profound today as in 1906.
Join National Park Ranger Eliza Rasmussen and learn the history and legacy of the Treaty of Portsmouth and the role played by US President Theodore Roosevelt on Friday, July 13 at 2:00pm .
War broke out between Russia and Japan in 1904. With the war still continuing in 1905, Roosevelt attempted to broker a deal between the two powers to bring about peace. One of the end results was that Roosevelt controversially became the first American to win the Nobel Peace Prize. Because of the role played by Roosevelt, the United States became a significant force in world diplomacy and remains the most significant force in the World to this day. The Treaty of Portsmouth stands today as one of history’s great peace negotiations which ended the Russo-Japanese War and marked the emergence of a new era of multi-track diplomacy.
Eliza Rasmussen has been the National Park Ranger at the Theodore Roosevelt Birthplace National Historic Site since May 2017.