Historian, researcher and educator Mary Ellen Matise is this year’s recipient of the Martha Washington Woman of History Award. This award is given by Washington’s Headquarters State Historic Site each year to a woman who has made a contribution to the history of the Hudson Valley through education, promotion, or preservation. The honor was inspired by Martha Washington, an outstanding woman in history who resided in the Hudson Valley with her husband, General George Washington, during the last days of the Revolutionary War.
Ms. Matise, the Village of Walden Historian, is involved with numerous organizations that specialize in promoting local historical research, historic preservation, and educational interest in the field of history. Ms. Matise is known in the area as a presenter of historical programs to other historical societies and also as a frequent contributor of historical articles to the WALLKILL VALLEY TIMES. A list of her involvement in historical organizations and activities is extensive and includes being President of the Walden Women’s Club, a founding member of the Coldenham Preservation and Historical Society, and a mentor for the Walden Elementary History Club.
The award presentation will take place on March 19, 2017, during the Women’s History Month program, The General’s Lady. The public is welcome to attend the program, starting at 2:00 PM. For further details or directions, call (845) 562-1195.