Saturday, April 21: The show spotlights more than 150 colorful World War II posters drawn from the Library’s enormous collection of more than 3,000 wartime posters. Among the talented graphic artists who created these posters for government agencies were Norman Rockwell, N. C. Wyeth, Ben Shahn and Theodore Geisel (Dr. Seuss).
Saturday, April 21: Lowell Thomas (1892-1981), who long made his home in Pawling, was a pioneer broadcaster, journalist, lecturer, author, globetrotter, raconteur and media technology innovator.
Saturday, April 21: Robert Livingston was among the first to bring prized Merino sheep to the United States.
Opens on Saturday, April 21: Visitors will have the opportunity to hear the voice of a woman who grew up driving a mule along the D & H Canal from the interior of a canalboat cabin. Children can operate small canalboats through a scale-model canal with mechanical locks and an aqueduct. A large 3-D topographical map showcases how the geography of the state influenced canal routes.
Thursday, 4/19 and several dates afterward: In his ongoing 100 Novels project, Youd specializes in retyping novels (with the same make and model typewriter used by the author) from beginning to end in locations that are charged with literary significance in the author’s biography. The retyping of Mary McCarthy’s The Group will constitute the 56th novel that Youd has typed, and is one of several titles that he will undertake in the Hudson Valley in 2018.
“I think we’re in a particular moment right now, with all of the young entrepreneurs coming to live here and revitalizing a lot of the Hudson Valley. They’re doing so many interesting things, all connecting to our past, in a way: They’re bringing back chicken farms, working with bees and there’s even somebody in Accord beginning to make barrels again – a trade that went on there for years. There is so much happening here now, and I would love to record some of their stories, and capture this moment in history as it’s happening.”
National Women’s History Month is an opportunity to recognize those previously overlooked. A fitting example is the story of the first female lighthouse keeper at the Saugerties station.
For 19th century Woodstockers, Grant’s visit to their mountain was a seminal moment of recognition. His stay may have been brief but here was validation and birth as Woodstock began the transition from industries that took from the land — such as quarrying and tanning — to an economy and lifestyle based on what others saw in the land.
The story goes something like this: Legs Diamond, a mid-level bootlegger, somehow managed to gain control of Kington’s Barmann Brewery and ship its product via rail and truck to the various speakeasies he operated in this area and New York. More intriguing was that was Legs, after paying off willing city officials, ran subterranean beer lines along sewers to the scores of bars then operating (illegally) in the city.
In its heyday, the Bowne Hospital was a state-of-the-art wonder. There were several spacious solaria, and every enclosed space was festooned with windows, awash with light. Adjustable beds lined the long porticos, open to the breezes.