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The Century House Historical Society is a not-for-profit educational organization dedicated to the preservation of industrial history of the Rosendale natural cement region. The Society is located at the Snyder Estate in New York’s historic Hudson Valley.

The site is open 10AM – 4PM for self guided tours daily, with the museum being open Sundays from Mother’s Day through September 1PM – 4PM


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Please join us for Taiko drumming in the Widow Jane Mine! Details here: ... See MoreSee Less

Taiko Drumming with Taiko Masala will take place in the Widow Jane Mine as a benefit for The Century House Historical Society at the Snyder Estate. For directions please visit CHHS’s website at www.centuryhouse.org Tickets are $20 at the door (no credit cards, please). Bring a folding chair. Taiko Masala has thrilled audiences throughout the US with performances of Japan's traditional drumming - Taiko. Founded by Master drummer Hiro Kurashima, Taiko Masala performs at concerts, festivals, museums and schools, in addition to its active teaching schedule. By combining the training and discipline of Japanese martial arts with the precision and power of complex drumming, Taiko Masala brings visually stunning and breathless excitement to their performances. Their arsenal of instruments, all hand made by the ensemble, range from small eight-inch hand-held drums, to five foot barrel drums, and features the giant 250 pound O-daiko. Japanese instruments including Shakuhachi, Fue, Koto, and dancing add richness and color to their programs. Learn more about Taiko Masala here: www.taiko-masala.com/home.html Join us on Sunday, July 9! All are invited! Rain or shine!

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Taiko Masala: Japanese Drumming in the Widow Jane Mine

July 9, 2017, 3:00pm

The Century House Historical Society

Taiko Drumming with Taiko Masala will take place in the Widow Jane Mine as a benefit for The Century House Historical Society at the Snyder Estate. For directions please visit CHHS’s website at www.centuryhouse.org Tickets are $20 at the door (no credit cards, please). Bring a folding chair. Taiko Masala has thrilled audiences throughout the US with performances of Japan's traditional drumming - Taiko. Founded by Master drummer Hiro Kurashima, Taiko Masala performs at concerts, festivals, museums and schools, in addition to its active teaching schedule. By combining the training and discipline of Japanese martial arts with the precision and power of complex drumming, Taiko Masala brings visually stunning and breathless excitement to their performances. Their arsenal of instruments, all hand made by the ensemble, range from small eight-inch hand-held drums, to five foot barrel drums, and features the giant 250 pound O-daiko. Japanese instruments including Shakuhachi, Fue, Koto, and dancing add richness and color to their programs. Learn more about Taiko Masala here: www.taiko-masala.com/home.html Join us on Sunday, July 9! All are invited! Rain or shine!

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A rare outside or in this case 'inside' performance of the latest tonal soundscape composed by the Secret Gong Orchestra, live in the Widow Jane Mine with the Gong collections of Nancy Aleo, Mitch Nur, Ricarda O'Conner, Sam Weng, and Janet Young.

Admission is $20 (cash, please - no credit cards). Bring a folding chair, and wear sturdy shoes.

Within the indigenous Pueblo cultures of the American Southwest the Kachina represents ancestral spirits or the person who represents a Kachina spirit in ceremonial dances. Depending upon culture, the Kachina can represent the immortal beings that bring rain, control other aspects of the natural world and society, and act as messengers between humans and the spirit world.

In this presentation by the Secret Gong Orchestra, the Gong is being seen as the tonal messenger to the spirit world. An ambient soundscape with textural overlays, with dynamic overtures of harmonic nuances, and far reaching powerful energetic force.

Hopi legend tells the story of the Twins, symbolic guardian energies of the North and South poles of planet Earth. A Hopi prophesy tells the story of the return of the nephews of the Twins - Blue Kachina and Red Kachina. Each one represents coming change, with the Blue Kachina signaling the advice of returning to our peaceful ways; and the Red Kachina - the Purifier.

Many feel within our indigenous Native Lands, that the watchful eye of the Red Kachina is being seen, and soon will makes it's return. “Those who return to the ways given to us in the original teachings, and live a natural way of life will not be touched by the coming of the Purifier. They will survive and build the new world. Only in the ancient teachings will the ability to understand the messages be found."

It is hoped through this performance, that participants will be touched by spirit.
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A rare outside or in this case 'inside' performance of the latest tonal soundscape composed by the Secret Gong Orchestra, live in the Widow Jane Mine with the Gong collections of Nancy Aleo, Mitch Nur, Ricarda O'Conner, Sam Weng, and Janet Young. Admission is $20 (cash, please - no credit cards). Bring a folding chair, and wear sturdy shoes. Within the indigenous Pueblo cultures of the American Southwest the Kachina represents ancestral spirits or the person who represents a Kachina spirit in ceremonial dances. Depending upon culture, the Kachina can represent the immortal beings that bring rain, control other aspects of the natural world and society, and act as messengers between humans and the spirit world. In this presentation by the Secret Gong Orchestra, the Gong is being seen as the tonal messenger to the spirit world. An ambient soundscape with textural overlays, with dynamic overtures of harmonic nuances, and far reaching powerful energetic force. Hopi legend tells the story of the Twins, symbolic guardian energies of the North and South poles of planet Earth. A Hopi prophesy tells the story of the return of the nephews of the Twins - Blue Kachina and Red Kachina. Each one represents coming change, with the Blue Kachina signaling the advice of returning to our peaceful ways; and the Red Kachina - the Purifier. Many feel within our indigenous Native Lands, that the watchful eye of the Red Kachina is being seen, and soon will makes it's return. “Those who return to the ways given to us in the original teachings, and live a natural way of life will not be touched by the coming of the Purifier. They will survive and build the new world. Only in the ancient teachings will the ability to understand the messages be found." It is hoped through this performance, that participants will be touched by spirit.

3 days ago

The Secret Gong Orchestra Performs Red Kachina

August 6, 2017, 3:00pm

The Century House Historical Society

A rare outside or in this case 'inside' performance of the latest tonal soundscape composed by the Secret Gong Orchestra, live in the Widow Jane Mine with the Gong collections of Nancy Aleo, Mitch Nur, Ricarda O'Conner, Sam Weng, and Janet Young. Admission is $20 (cash, please - no credit cards). Bring a folding chair, and wear sturdy shoes. Within the indigenous Pueblo cultures of the American Southwest the Kachina represents ancestral spirits or the person who represents a Kachina spirit in ceremonial dances. Depending upon culture, the Kachina can represent the immortal beings that bring rain, control other aspects of the natural world and society, and act as messengers between humans and the spirit world. In this presentation by the Secret Gong Orchestra, the Gong is being seen as the tonal messenger to the spirit world. An ambient soundscape with textural overlays, with dynamic overtures of harmonic nuances, and far reaching powerful energetic force. Hopi legend tells the story of the Twins, symbolic guardian energies of the North and South poles of planet Earth. A Hopi prophesy tells the story of the return of the nephews of the Twins - Blue Kachina and Red Kachina. Each one represents coming change, with the Blue Kachina signaling the advice of returning to our peaceful ways; and the Red Kachina - the Purifier. Many feel within our indigenous Native Lands, that the watchful eye of the Red Kachina is being seen, and soon will makes it's return. “Those who return to the ways given to us in the original teachings, and live a natural way of life will not be touched by the coming of the Purifier. They will survive and build the new world. Only in the ancient teachings will the ability to understand the messages be found." It is hoped through this performance, that participants will be touched by spirit.

Join us for the opening of our new season-long art exhibition on 6/25! ... See MoreSee Less

JOIN US for our June opening! Eotechnic Sensorium is a summer-long outdoor art exhibit at the Century House Historical Society (CHHS) on the Snyder Estate in Rosendale, NY, home of the Widow Jane Mine. Curated by CHHS Board of Trustee Jeffrey Benjamin, 22 artists present site-specific sculptures and performances engaging the location’s rich natural and industrial histories. Image taken from painting by Ana C.H. Silva. In 1934 in his book Technics and Civilization, Lewis Mumford coined the term "eotechnic" as a way of thinking about the technological advances that preceded the era of fossil fuel consumption, which, following Geddes, he labeled "paleotechnic" or "the new barbarism." For Mumford, the eotechnic was a time of sensory expansion, ushered in by numerous developments such as the clock, optics, the harnessing of wind and water power. Many inventions emerged from the era of glass, wood, paper, wind and water, setting the stage for the environmental abuses to follow. The remains of industrial activity immanent on the site of the Century House Historical Society in Rosendale, New York, are a testament to this technological transition. For this year's art show at the CHHS, artists have been invited to bring their works to engage loosely with the notion of the eotechnic or simply draw inspiration from the locale. The phrase "eotechnic sensorium," as an actual concept or just an interesting word pair, is intended as a springboard for further investigation and creative engagement with the site. PARTICIPATING ARTISTS Mark Andreas Michael Asbill Billy Cancel Claire DeVoogd Josh Dorman Jenny Lee Fowler Kayla Gibbons Cleo Gordon Raphy Griswold Genevieve Fernworthy Harry Kunhardt Laura McCallum Matthias Neumann Meredith Nichols Ali Osborn ntilit Scott W. Schwartz Ana C.H. Silva Tony Stanzione Robert The Ezra Waltermaurer Christine Krishna Washburn The June opening event will feature special performances and works of a more ephemeral nature. Many of the contemporary art pieces will remain on display throughout the summer— enduring or changing with the season and worthy of repeat visits. Grounds of the Snyder Estate are open seven days a week, May-September from sunrise until 6pm. Fans of geology, 19th century American industry, and New York state history will want to visit when the CHHS museum is open as well, on Sundays between 1:00pm-4:00pm. For more info, please visit: www.centuryhouse.org/chhs-projects-2017-eotechnic-sensorium/

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CHHS Projects 2017: Eotechnic Sensorium

June 25, 2017, 1:00pm

The Century House Historical Society

JOIN US for our June opening! Eotechnic Sensorium is a summer-long outdoor art exhibit at the Century House Historical Society (CHHS) on the Snyder Estate in Rosendale, NY, home of the Widow Jane Mine. Curated by CHHS Board of Trustee Jeffrey Benjamin, 22 artists present site-specific sculptures and performances engaging the location’s rich natural and industrial histories. Image taken from painting by Ana C.H. Silva. In 1934 in his book Technics and Civilization, Lewis Mumford coined the term "eotechnic" as a way of thinking about the technological advances that preceded the era of fossil fuel consumption, which, following Geddes, he labeled "paleotechnic" or "the new barbarism." For Mumford, the eotechnic was a time of sensory expansion, ushered in by numerous developments such as the clock, optics, the harnessing of wind and water power. Many inventions emerged from the era of glass, wood, paper, wind and water, setting the stage for the environmental abuses to follow. The remains of industrial activity immanent on the site of the Century House Historical Society in Rosendale, New York, are a testament to this technological transition. For this year's art show at the CHHS, artists have been invited to bring their works to engage loosely with the notion of the eotechnic or simply draw inspiration from the locale. The phrase "eotechnic sensorium," as an actual concept or just an interesting word pair, is intended as a springboard for further investigation and creative engagement with the site. PARTICIPATING ARTISTS Mark Andreas Michael Asbill Billy Cancel Claire DeVoogd Josh Dorman Jenny Lee Fowler Kayla Gibbons Cleo Gordon Raphy Griswold Genevieve Fernworthy Harry Kunhardt Laura McCallum Matthias Neumann Meredith Nichols Ali Osborn ntilit Scott W. Schwartz Ana C.H. Silva Tony Stanzione Robert The Ezra Waltermaurer Christine Krishna Washburn The June opening event will feature special performances and works of a more ephemeral nature. Many of the contemporary art pieces will remain on display throughout the summer— enduring or changing with the season and worthy of repeat visits. Grounds of the Snyder Estate are open seven days a week, May-September from sunrise until 6pm. Fans of geology, 19th century American industry, and New York state history will want to visit when the CHHS museum is open as well, on Sundays between 1:00pm-4:00pm. For more info, please visit: www.centuryhouse.org/chhs-projects-2017-eotechnic-sensorium/

The Snyder Estate Natural Cement Historic District is listed on the National Register of Historic Places.
The Society is chartered by the New York State Education Department.