The Friends of Historic Saugerties will present a discussion, “Lost Industries of Ulster County: Brickmaking and Ice Harvesting” on Saturday, Jan. 6 at 2 p.m. in the community room of Saugerties Public Library, 91 Washington Ave. Admission is free and open to all.
The guest speaker will be Marilou Abrams. Ulster County was home to brickmaking and ice harvesting enterprises for more than a century. Both were essential to the prosperity of its populace and ultimately to the nation. Learn about these industries, the people involved with them and what is left of the once-thriving landscape. Abrams is a history enthusiast who presents talks at local historical societies, has led classes on Ulster County history for the Lifetime Learning Institute at SUNY New Paltz and helped to develop educational materials for the Ulster County clerk’s office. Attendees are welcome to bring memorabilia from home to display on the information table (imprinted bricks from specific local yards or small ice harvesting artifacts) as well as stories and remembrances to share of friends and family who worked in these industries.