Speaker Series

Tuesdays at 7:30 pm
The Cornwall Presbyterian Fellowship Hall, 222 Hudson Street, Cornwall-on-Hudson
Admission: $7
Museum members: $5
Prepaid registration is not required.
Come early for better seating!  Refreshments will be available.

February 3 – Nature Education in Harriman: A Rich History 
Regional Nature Museums have been providing nature education to campers and the general public in Harriman State Park for 95 of the 101 years of camping.  Join Outdoor/Environmental Education Consultant, and Coordinator Regional Museums at Harriman State Park, MaryLynne Malone for a discussion of the rich history of the park, camps, programs, and the unique surroundings of Nature Museums and the folks who made it what it is today.

February 10 – Constitution Island.
Located near the deepest section of the Hudson River across from West Point, Constitution Island is an important site of the American Revolution. Later in history it served as the home of two prominent female writers,sisters Susan and Anna Warner. Hear the remarkable story of their writings, their triumph over adversity, their legacy and how the island became their unlikely home. Ronnie Coffey, former Executive Director of the Constitution Island Association, will present an illustrated talk based on her book, Constitution Island.

February 17 - Lessons from the Honeybee 
As concerns over the health of the honeybee mount, many of us have questions surrounding the topic. Join local beekeeper Colin Coyne as he discusses factors leading to the problems as well as how we can all contribute to a solution. Colin is an advocate for the honeybee and the environment and enjoys discussing these topics wherever he goes, including at Storm King Art Center where he gives presentations on the honeybee.

February 24 – The Ice Harvesting Industry
Ice! The Hudson Valley was once the world's epicenter of the natural ice industry.  Spring fed lakes supplied ice to the finest NYC hotels and luxurious ocean liners, and it was prized across Europe, Asia and Australia. Timothy Englert, former development executive for the Palisades Interstate Park Commission, and co-founder of the Knickerbocker Ice Festival in 2007, will share photos, tools, maps, illustrations, and rare Thomas Edison films of the 1902 harvest at Rockland Lake.

(March 3 - Possible Snow Date)
If the weather is questionable, please call 845-534-5506 after 5pm to listen to the recorded message.

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