Tuesdays at 7:30 pm
The Cornwall Presbyterian Fellowship Hall, 222 Hudson Street, Cornwall-on-Hudson
Museum members: $5
Pre-paid registration is not required.
Come early for better seating! Refreshments will be available.
Tuesday, October 21
West Point Foundry: 1817 - 1911 and Beyond
West Point Foundry in Cold Spring was one of the first major industrial sites in the United States. At its peak during the Civil War, it manufactured cannons which were crucial to the Union victory. It also manufactured steam locomotives, marine engines, aqueduct pipes, architectural columns, and industrial machinery. Dr. Trudie Grace, curator of the Putnam History Museum and art history instructor at the Fashion Institute of Technology and historian Mark Forlow will share the foundry’s story from its early years to its current status as a preserve and site of archaeological excavations.
Tuesday, October 28
Dutch Influence on the American Kitchen and Life
The Dutch were the first Europeans to settle in the Hudson River Valley. In this talk, Author and Food Historian, Peter G. Rose, examines the Influence of the Dutch on the American Kitchen. She will explore the food ways and food stuffs brought to America by the Dutch more than three centuries ago and the way these foods were adapted to the new circumstances. Slides of 17th Dutch art works are part of the lecture by Ms. Rose who has presented at the Smithsonian Institute and the NY Historical Society among many other venues.
Tuesday, November 4
Nature’s Fortress: The Environmental Defense of West Point during the American Revolution
Forced to defend the Hudson River, the Continental Army correctly decided to base their defense at West Point, NY. That said, the combination of a lack of infrastructure, a dearth of trained engineers, and a weak budget forced the defenders to resort to untraditional and untried methods and to use the environmental factors of the area to facilitate the defense. In this manner, West Point became the “rock of the Hudson.” This lecture by Andrew Forney, Assistant Professor, Dept. of History, US Military Academy, will focus on these developments, their impact, and their legacy.
Tuesday, November 11
Warm Weather and Heated Debate
Join Spencer R.Weart. noted historian of science and retired director of the Center for the History of Physics of the American Institute of Physics, for an illustrated lecture that will recount the grand intellectual journey by scientists toward understanding how human activities are changing the climate. Dr. Weart will also describe the future climate changes that are expected in the Hudson Highlands. In his NY Times review of Dr. Weart’s book, “The Discovery of Global Warming,” environmental journalist Andrew C. Revkin said, "It reveals the effort as one of the great exercises in collective sleuthing... . It dissects the interwoven threads of research and reveals the political and societal subtexts that colored scientists' views and the public reception their work received." Dr. Weart will be introduced this evening by Andrew Revkin.
This program is funded, in part, by the New York council for the Humanities.