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The Dr. Meryl Efron Digital Gallery

 

This area will be the home of a new online gallery in memory of Dr. Meryl Efron (1957-2013). As a tribute to her lifetime love for cooking, antiques, and Historic Richmond Town, we will be featuring objects from Historic Richmond Town's collections that relate to the tasty topics of food and drink.

Show me the way people dine and I will tell you their rank among civilized beings.

From the earliest days of America, old and new forms of ceramics, glassware, and metalware were made and imported for producing, serving, and consuming food. Recipes were shared, trends evolved, and a country of enthusiastic eaters and drinkers was born.

In the 1800s, as America grew and evolved, people increasingly expressed social status through the objects and customs associated with eating. The many specialized objects used in dining show how concerned people were with the rituals surrounding a formal meal.

During the twentieth century, more Americans were eating out, and Staten Island businesses responded to changing tastes and lifestyles. Just thinking about it makes us hungry...

"Show me the way people dine and I will tell you their rank among civilized beings." --Harper's New Monthly Magazine, 1868

 

Dr. Meryl Efron

Dr. Meryl Efron



Born in Oakwood on Oct. 14, 1957, to Harriet and Al Efron, a public school teacher and an architect, Dr. Efron was a graduate of New Dorp High School and Wagner College, where she earned a bachelor's degree, magna cum laude, with a double major in biology and art and plans to become a medical illustrator. But she enrolled instead in dental school, earning a degree in 1983 from the New York University College of Dentistry and completing her residency at Staten Island University Hospital.

She was an associate at an Eltingville dental practice until 1991 when she joined Dental Associates of Richmond in Concord, where she eased fears and welcomed patients with elaborate decorations for Halloween, Thanksgiving, Christmas and St. Patrick's Day.  She also had a knack for distracting fearful patients with easy conversation about the photos that covered the walls of her exam room — the red rocks of Arizona photographed by her father and scenic shots from her vacations in Cape Cod where her dogs frolicked in the surf.

 

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Upcoming Events

  • Dinner at Bennett Café
    Fri - Nov 17, 2017 6:00PM
    Enjoy a delightful evening at our quaint café. Delicious!
  • Breakfast with Santa
    Sat - Nov 25, 2017 10:00AM
    Children, enjoy a delicious breakfast with Santa!
  • Thanksgiving Kitchen Tour
    Sat - Nov 25, 2017 1:00PM
    Tour the kitchens on the site and discover recipes and the sources of Thanksgiving meals we enjoy today.
  • Thanksgiving Kitchen Tour
    Sun - Nov 26, 2017 1:00PM
    Tour the kitchens on the site and discover recipes and the sources of Thanksgiving meals we enjoy today.
  • Bennett Cafe Breakfast
    Sun - Dec 3, 2017 10:00AM
    Homestyle breakfast at Bennett Cafe!
  • Christmas in Richmond Town & Traditional Tree Lighting
    Sun - Dec 3, 2017 11:00AM
    Experience nostalgia all through the Historic Village.
  • Candlelight Tours
    Sat - Dec 9, 2017 5:00PM
    Visitors of all ages take a journey through three-hundred years of tradition as they discover how America's most festive season came to be.
  • Dinner at Bennett Café
    Sat - Dec 9, 2017 6:00PM
    Enjoy a delightful evening at our quaint café. Delicious!
  • Candlelight Tours
    Sat - Dec 16, 2017 5:00PM
    Visitors of all ages take a journey through three-hundred years of tradition as they discover how America's most festive season came to be.
  • Victorian Valentine Workshop
    Sat - Feb 3, 2018 1:00PM
    Make your own!
  • Easter Egg Hunt
    Sat - Mar 31, 2018 10:00AM
    Bring an egg carton to decorate in high Victorian style!
  • NYC BBQ Cookoff 2018
    Sat - Apr 7, 2018 12:00PM
    NYC's only KCBS sanctioned cookoff for the whole family. Sample, stroll, quench and enjoy fun stuff with the kids.

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Skip the leftovers and enjoy open-hearth fire-cooked Thanksgiving samplings

Thanksgiving TableThe meal that many American families enjoy on Thanksgiving has deep roots in the earliest American food traditions. Historic Richmond Town’s three historic kitchens will be crackling with hardwood fires and open-hearth cooking on Saturday November 25 and Sunday November 26. Historic Interpreters will serve food samples that feature original old-world recipes that include food items that the colonists learned about from Native American culture, and then infused with the spices used in Europe. 

Rosemarie Mangano Cavanagh joins Historic Richmond Town Board

Rosemarie Mangano Cavanagh 300x411July 1, 2017 - New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio has named Rosemarie Mangano Cavanagh as the Mayor’s representative on the Board of Directors of the Staten Island Historical Society at Historic Richmond Town.

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