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“Old Peekskill in Photographs” the Frank Goderre Collection to be on display at the Lincoln Depot Museum this weekend

Old Peekskill in Photographs the Frank Goderre Collection to be on display at the Lincoln Depot Museum this weekend

The Lincoln Depot Museum continues their 10 year anniversary by kicking off this weekend with the triumphant return of the very popular “Collectors Corner” program. This coming weekend on May 18th and 19th from 1:00 – 4:00 pm one of Peekskill and Cortlandt’s most famous local historians, the essence of a Friendly Town Associate, a 2019 Peekskill NAACP honoree, steadfast member of the Peekskill Clean Routine, Peekskill Museum member, the person who single handedly keeps the Route 9 Main Street and South Street entrances and exits ever kempt, and an ever present supporter of all things local, the one and only Frank Goderre will display his extensive personal collection of Old Peekskill photographs at the Collectors Corner.

Frank Goderre
Photo by Ocean Morisset used with permission of Frank Goderre

Some say that the Peekskill of yesteryear is gone now – perhaps so. But thanks to photography, and the collections of those like Peekskill Historian Frank Goderre, we can still see what old Peekskill looked like. Frank Goderre will be the first person of this year’s Collectors Corner and share some of his personal collection of Old Peekskill in Photographs, some of which are one of a kind. In addition, Goderre will be showing his 21 minute Youtube video entitled “Frank Goderre & The City Peekskill NY – Then & Now“. Here are a preview of just a sample of his photographs.

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  • The old 1930 Mack belonging to the Peekskill Fire Patrol (1930 – 1951) housed in the original jail behind Washington Engine on Nelson Avenue. Now, the present site of PPD Headquarters. Later, the truck was sold to a private collector. It was then bought by NYPD Emergency Services Unit in the mid-nineties as their mascot.

  • Frank Goderre had that original 1930 Mack brought back to the City of Peekskill by the NYPD Emergency Services Unit for the Peekskill Central Firehouse dedication on December 19, 2018.

  • Village trustees voted to have the old Municipal Building (William Nelson’s Home) moved to the Northwest of the City Hall site while they built the new City Hall building.

  • Local Peekskill artist, Bob Barthelmes’s Grandfather converted the old Franklin Hotel into a service station – the only route to the Bear Mountain Bridge a century ago! This site is very familiar to anyone who has lived or visited Peekskill and is now the present day Monument Park.

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“Collectors Corner” at the Lincoln Depot Museum is when a local collector and their collection are highlighted for a weekend in the museum. The owner of the collection is on hand to describe the artifacts and answer any questions for the visitors. This program is included as part of admission to the museum.

To see Frank Goderre’s collection of Old Peekskill photographs, meet Frank and find out how he became a local historian and collector of photographs, visit the Lincoln Depot Museum on May 18th and 19th from 1:00 – 4:00 pm.

General Admission to the Lincoln Depot Museum is $8.00, $5.00 for seniors, veterans, active military, and children under 12. Collectors Corner is brought to you by the Friends of the Lincoln Depot Museum For more information, contact: [email protected].

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About the Contributor
Dave Mueller
As a Peekskill native, Dave is thrilled to be working with the Peekskill Herald showcasing featured calendar events. A 1999 graduate of PHS, he remembers reading and enjoying the original weekly print edition of the Peekskill Herald every Thursday. He especially liked the political stories, local features and sports coverage when it was written by Peekskill Runner columnist Jack Burns who always managed to weave history into the running times. An avid hiker, he enjoys exploring the local trails as well as the concrete ones in his job as a conductor for Metro North Railroad. He’s a former teacher and co-founder of the Friends of the Peekskill Dog Park, where he frequently can be found with his Koda. He’s happy to be part of the Herald’s growth as the source of local news for Peekskill and looks forward to highlighting a few of many of the events and happenings in Peekskill and the surrounding communities. Reach Dave at [email protected]