A New York State Non-Profit 501(C)3 Educational Corporation
Researching Archaeoastronomy and Landscape Archaeology in Northeast America and Beyond
Preserving and Protecting
Environment – Culture – Community
CELEBRATING our 10TH Year!
From 10 years ago, this video shows the birth of OMC’s ultimately successful effort protecting lands in Lewis Hollow on Overlook Mountain.
Identifying, documenting and protecting Native American Ceremonial Stone Landscapes (CSL) as Importnat Resources of Cultural Significance.
“Let the Landscape Speak” ~Doug Harris Dep. Tribal Historic Preservation Officer (THPO) Narragansett Tribe of Rhode Island (Retired) & OMC Board Member
More than forty years ago, three families joined together to purchase two large lots of land in Lewis Hollow on Overlook Mountain, to prevent the development of an approved 20 home subdivision known as Lewis Hollow Acres. From then until 2012, they kept the land wild and undeveloped; essentially as a game preserve for hunting and outdoor recreation, on the lower and mid-southeastern face of Overlook Mountain. Those families were the Allen’s (attorneys Rita and Sherry), the late Overlook Mountain Press publisher Peter Mayer and the late well known graphic artist Milton Glaser.
When in 2012 those owners were no longer interested in conserving the land, they put the 82 acres up for sale, allowing the land to be purchased for development and plans for a subdivision again became a potential reality. This would forever scar the land and disturb the historic and prehistoric cultural landscape features found there, which are important resources of cultural significance.
Thanks to Overlook Mountain Center (OMC), the Villchur family foundation and an anonymous Lewis Hollow neighbor, all 82 acres of land was purchased with the intent to preserve the land with conservation easements and deed restrictions, protecting the property in perpetuity.
The New York State nonprofit Overlook Mountain Center, Inc, stewards the land and endeavors toward these goals and to provide educational and experiential programming regarding ceremonial stone landscapes (CSL), archaeoastronomy and landscape archaeology, while striving to protect and preserve Native American ceremonial stone landscapes (CSL), which in turn, serve our environment, culture and community.
Officers and Board Members
- Glenn Kreisberg – Chairperson, OMC Co-Founder, author, researcher, NYS DEC licensed outdoor guide
P.O. Box 1278 Woodstock, NY 12498 (845) 417 8384
Send email: email@example.com
The Overlook Mountain Center board officers are:
- Jonathan Vaughn, Vice Chair, Executive Director of Development, SUNY New Paltz
- Rob Saffer, Treasurer, OMC Co-Founder, former media/communications professional
- Cayenne Fusco, Secretary, Nurse, Birth worker
The OMC board of directors are:
- Geoff Baer, videographer, drone pilot
- Doug Harris, retired Deputy Tribal Historic Preservation Officer (Narragansett)
- Dave Holden, NYS DEC Guide and Author
- Michaeline Picaro Mann, Tribal Historic Preservation Officer for the Ramapough Lenape Nation
- Felicia Raphael, Assistant District Attorney, Ulster County
- Susan Winchell-Sweeney, Archeologist, New York State Museum
- Fred Waring, Hudson Valley realtor, musician
2022 Upcoming Board Meeting Schedule:
- Sun. April 24th 10am-Noon
- Sun. July 24th 10am-Noon
- Sun. Oct 23rd 10am-Noon
Advisory Board Members
- David Johnson, archeological researcher, educator
- Vincent Mann, Chief of the Turtle Clan, Ramapough Lenape Nation
- Robyn Pollins, philanthropist
- Ed Sanders, author, activist
- Shari Therian, web designer