Putnam Valley Historical Society

Mahopac, N.Y – 10/30/2013 – Senator Greg Ball (R, C, I – Patterson) recently joined the Putnam Valley Historical Society at their Annual Awards Dinner hosted at Char restaurant in Mahopac.

This year, the society honored Town Historian Dan Ricci with the society’s award for promoting local history and Doris Crowder for her many years of dedicated service as the society’s treasurer with the “Harry Silleck Service Award”.

“It’s my honor to join the Putnam Valley Historical Society on this very special night. This society does wonderful work to preserve the history of our local community. Without the work of this society and the wonderful people here, our history would be lost over time,” said Senator Greg Ball. “The society has picked two wonderful people to honor this year. Mr. Ricci and Mrs. Crowder have dedicated countless hours of their time to preserve this community and all of the rich culture and history it holds for generations to come.”

“Dan Ricci is a wealth of knowledge when it comes to the Town of Putnam Valley. As our Town Historian, Dan provides all of our residents with a link to our past that is second to none,” said Putnam County Legislator Sam Oliverio. “Doris Crowder has been a true silent partner in many Putnam Valley Community Events and Organizations. She is always quick to volunteer and always offers a 110% in all that she pursues. Doris though, never seeks the limelight or fame that she so strongly deserves.”

The Putnam Valley Historical Society was chartered April 26, 1968 by the Board of Regents and develops programs and exhibits about the Town, its people, buildings and specific events, which contributed to Putnam Valley’s culture and history. Their growing collection of photos, artifacts and documents are tools that can be used by citizens for studying the past. The society is also available to help with questions on genealogy.

Doris Crowder, long time resident of Putnam Valley and former treasurer of the Historical Society, was the recipient of the Harry Silleck, Jr. award for service to the Society.

Harry Silleck, Jr. was the son of Harry Silleck, who served as town Supervisor for forty years. He attended the one room schoolhouse that now houses the Putnam Valley Historical Society. Mr. Silleck was the lead advisor to the federal government in connection with Train Systems. He gave generously to local charities including the cemeteries, the Library, Fire Department, Ambulance Corps, and local churches. He was active in the Historical Society, offering help whenever he could by providing information and local artifacts to our collection. It was his dedication to serving local organizations from behind the scenes that makes it possible for Putnam Valley’s non-profits to thrive.

Mrs. Crowder was presented with the award bearing his name in recognition of her many years of service to the Society as volunteer treasurer and an active member in the organization. She embodies Mr. Silleck’s devotion to Putnam Valley.

Dan Ricci, recipient of the Andersen award for Promoting Local History, grew up on Lake Oscawana. He is a former councilman to the Town and currently serves as town historian. Mr. Ricci loves Putnam Valley and works as a volunteer in many local organizations including the town re-cycle center. Mr. Ricci provides informational tours of the town’s lake areas and lectures on town history.  He teaches history in the Mahopac School. It is for this dedication that he was awarded the Anderson award, named after former town historian Stephen Andersen. Mr. Andersen, a professional musician who also grew up in Putnam Valley, served as Town Historian for many years before passing away in 2009.

Mr. Andersen was devoted to local history and compiled a massive collection of artifacts, pictures and documents. He was a walking history book who was always willing to share local tales and town history.


For more information contact jbachmei@nysenate.gov or (845) 531-9796.


About Greg Ball

Assemblyman Greg Ball (R, C, I – Patterson) is the Senator for New York State's 40th district. A former Vice President of Exceed International Development Corporation, Ball holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Political Science from the United States Air Force Academy, is currently completing his Masters Thesis of Liberal Studies in International Affairs at Georgetown University, and received an honorable discharge in 2005 at the rank of Captain after service as an active duty officer in the United States Air Force. View all posts by Greg Ball →
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