O&R Honored for Museum Village Support
Orange and Rockland Utilities, Inc. (O&R) was honored last night by Museum Village at its 6th Annual Gala at the West Hills Golf & Country Club in Middletown.
Museum Village paid tribute to the utility company for its support that helped re-open the Energy Building, one of the museum’s largest exhibits, featuring some of the collection’s largest and most unusual artifacts. O&R has had a long and close relationship with Museum Village.
Museum Village was the vision of Roscoe Smith, a remarkably popular and successful local businessman and philanthropist, who, in 1905 started an electric utility company, Orange and Rockland Electric Company of Monroe, N.Y. that grew and prospered and ultimately merged with the Rockland Light & Power Company in 1958 to create today’s Orange and Rockland Utilities, Inc.
Museum Village, a 501c3 non-profit organization that opened its doors in 1950, is a living history museum dedicated to preserving a vast collection of eclectic 19th century artifacts (many of which were collected by Roscoe Smith, himself) for educational purposes. Using these artifacts and reproductions, the museum provides hands-on experiences, demonstrations and exhibits illustrating the transition from a rural to an industrial culture and economy in America. The thought-provoking site has been the required destination for generations of area school children on class field trips planned to make history more meaningful and real.