Rhoads’ lecture to benefit the Wallkill Valley Land Trust

William Rhoads will discuss the vicissitudes that impact former agricultural buildings, such as this barn which has recently collapsed

Longtime local resident and cultural luminary William Rhoads will present a lecture entitled, “Some Historic Architecture and Land Worth Preserving in Southern Ulster County” at Woodland Pond in New Paltz on Friday, Feb. 10 at 7:30 p.m., to benefit the Wallkill Valley Land Trust.

Dr. Rhoads is professor emeritus of art history at SUNY New Paltz where he taught from 1970 to 2005. He has recently been drawing appreciative audiences to discussions of his lively and informative new book, “Ulster County, New York: The Architectural History & Guide,” a compendium of concise and graceful descriptions of our region’s notable buildings, their origins and their fates. His book showcases structures of architectural distinction that still exist, as well as a few that have lamentably disappeared.

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In his talk for the Wallkill Valley Land Trust, Dr. Rhoads plans to show how preserving open space can also enhance the preservation of our architectural heritage, highlighting the interaction between buildings and the land on which they stand.

There is no fee to attend the lecture, but a donation to the Wallkill Valley Land Trust is suggested. Anyone interested in attending is asked to call 255-2761 or e-mail info@WallkillValleyLT.org.