A DVD Documentary: A Living History – Palisades

Michèle A. Balm and Susan Shapiro, Producers

The documentary A Living History – Palisades gives us glimpses of years past in our hamlet of Palisades. When Dumkin’s blacksmith shop became Blacksmith Tea Shop, a very successful eatery. When roosters were a milkman’s worst enemy or when crazy parties with Vivien Leigh, Orson Welles, Noel Coward, Gertrude Lawrence, Laurence Olivier and countless other famous artists who wanted to retreat from their city life, were part of the Palisades landscape.

The movie reveals the unique history behind the Palisades Cemetery. The grave of one lone slave, once buried far away from the main area of the cemetery. The iron gates that spell "Palisades Cemetery," now hidden from view, due to an overgrowth of foliage and fencing, make this secretive, bewildered plot its own never ending story. Dorothy Thayer and Bill Knudson express viewpoints and memories about the cemetery in the film, amongst others.

Albon Man tells us how library dues needed to be collected by knocking on people’s doors and asking for a contribution. Alice Gerard’s keen historical sense of Palisades/Snedens Landing allows us further insights into what a wonderful area we live in.

Joe Hyde wonderfully expounds upon the "Double Bubble" cooking theory. For those who did now know, his cookbook is still available in the library. His Chicken Noodle Soup recipe is a must for any household!

DVD: PART I (1 hour 20 minutes)

  • Intro Rooster Segment: Albon Man and Joe Hyde (2 min.)

  • Alice Gerard (20 min.)

  • Bill Knudson (38 min.)

  • Joe Hyde (20 min.)

DVD: PART II (1 hour 46 minutes)

  • Dorothy Davis (19 min.)

  • Albon Man (31 min.)

  • Herbert and Jeanette Kellogg (22 min.)

  • Loni Garrison (5 min.)

  • Dorothy Thayer (15 min.)

  • Cemetery Segment (10 min.)

  • Chicken Noodle Soup Recipe by Joe Hyde (4 min.)

  • Credits

There are so many wonderful stories told by so many, one really needs to own a copy to listen to them all. The purchase of the DVD set ($35) will help contribute towards maintaining the Palisades Community Center.

The Palisades Free Library is currently selling them or you can email community.center@palisadesny.com for more information.

See also a list of Palisades History Books.