Tuesday, October 18
Native Americans of the Hudson Highlands: The Legacy of the Algonquin People of Our Region.
Award winning historian and Native American author Evan Pritchard will share his research on the Algonquin history of theHudson Highlands, from the Muhool (ferry boat) crossing at Newburgh, to Cornwall Bay where Henry Hudson anchored, to Kowawese (Plum Point) to Pasquaskeck (Storm King) to Iona Island’s ceremonial circle, to Popolopen Creek, to Bear Mountain, and more. Using maps and photos, Mr. Pritchard will outline Algonquin trails, villages, and waterways, and discuss the origins of place names such as Kowawese, Popolopen, Matteawan, Quassaic, Woodcock (Wenigticonk), and Schunnemunk Mountains. Book signing to follow.
Tuesday, October 25
West Point’s Landscape, 1802-1820
What did the Military Academy look like when it opened officially in 1802? Dr. Jon Malinowski, Professor of Geography in the Department of Geography and Environmental Engineering at West Point, uses rarely seen graphics and newly created recreations of buildings to explore a West Point now physically lost. The focus will be on buildings present in 1802, the construction of the first large stone buildings in 1815, and the arrival of the first houses that remain today.
Tuesday, November 1
Dramatic Land Transformationsin the Hudson Valley:Cause and Effect
From the 1740’s to the 20th century, the land in the Hudson Valley changed dramatically as a result of industry & farming. The iron industry needed charcoal to feed its furnaces and leather tanneries relied on Eastern Hemlock trees. Hear from Dr. Richard Hull, retired Professor of History at New York University, about the radical changes that took place in the landscape and the effects of change on the lives of the people and animals of the region and its timber and water resources.
Tuesday, November 15
Newburgh: In Search of the ‘All-American City’
Author and historian Kevin M. Burke, a Newburgh native, will trace the history of his city from the close of World War II through the civil rights era. Dr. Burke will explore the challenges of deindustrialization and desegregation and the roles that race and nostalgia play in the shaping of public memory. Dr. Burke is Director of Research at the Hutchins Center for African and African American research at Harvard University and a co-author of the book And Still I Rise: Black America since MLK with Henry Louis Gates, Jr.
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