Kathy Conzano celebrates Mary Ellen Matisse
March 12, 2017
Let me tell you about Mary Ellen Matise, she is a historian, a researcher and educator and the winner of the Martha Washington Women of History Award. This award is given by Washington’s Headquarters State Historical Site, to a woman who has made a contribution to the history of the Hudson Valley, NY through education, promotion, or preservation. Martha Washington and her husband General George Washington resided in the Hudson Valley of New York during the last days of the Revolutionary War.
Mary Ellen is the Village of Walden Historian and involved in numerous organizations that specialize in promoting local historical research, historic preservation, and educational interest in the field of history. Mary Ellen is known in the area as a presenter of historical programs to other societies and is a frequent contributor of articles to the Wallkill Valley Times. She serves as President of her local GFWC Walden Women’s Club, is a founding member of the Coldenham Preservation and Historical Society, and a mentor for the Walden Elementary History Club.
What an honor for our club member for her extraordinary work with historic preservation. The award will be presented during Women’s History Month.
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