“The American Flag in Putnam County”, an outdoor exhibit on the steps of the Historic Courthouse located at 44 Gleneida Avenue, Carmel, NY invites visitors to the walk the county seat and go through the portico of this majestic building first built in 1814 – New York’s 2nd–oldest county courthouse still in use – which will feature panels with local history images from throughout the County. (Of note, this special landmark is on the National Register of Historic Places.) This cooperative effort, led by the County Historian’s Office, teams up all of the Carmel, Kent, Patterson and Putnam Valley historical societies, the Putnam History Museum and the Southeast Museum.
This exhibit complements the current Row of Honor, over 500 American Flags dedicated lined along the shore of Lake Gleneida – an extraordinary sight! The public is invited to walk the row and read the flag dedications. This exhibit is also a product of Putnam County Day, the 209th “birthday” of Putnam County, founded June 12, 1812. A virtual celebration will take place June 12, with the debut of a video program that documents some of the earliest appearances of the American flag in the Putnam County Archives, located in Brewster, NY. It highlights the history of the Putnam County illustrations featured in F.W. Beers Atlas of New York and the Vicinity published in 1867. The video will be made available online and run through the Path Through History weekend.