Friday, Sept. 15: Dr. Gretchen Sorin will offer a fascinating context for the Bates Country Club and other black tourism spots in the Catskills with an upcoming lecture at the Dutch Reformed Church in Accord. Sorin will be accompanied by Rene Bailey, the talented and moving gospel singer who was the house singer at the Peg Leg Bates Country Club for many years, and Connie Beckley, who currently owns the Wicky Wacky Club, an African American resort located in High Falls.
Peeking through the window of the Reher Center for Immigrant Culture and History into the dust-covered former Reher Bakery in Rondout is a tantalizing glimpse back into a moment of time.
A story from the annals of the women’s suffrage movement.
A broad-ranging conversation, held in the wake of events in Virginia that sparked a national debate about how the past should be remembered.
Saturday, August 5: Learn herstory at Linda Russell’s performance on Huguenot Street in New Paltz.
How different would Woodstock be today if not for a meeting arranged by the author Charlotte Perkins Gilman?
Author Greg Robinson will discuss the conflict between Franklin and Eleanor Roosevelt over the incarceration of Japanese Americans during World War II.
“If it hadn’t been for Charlotte Perkins Gilman, Woodstock might not be what it is today,” town historian Alf Evers told me one afternoon, speaking of the turn-of-the-century novelist, poet, nonfiction writer, feminist thinker, controversial social commentator and women’s suffrage activist.
Organizers of the memorial to the indigent of Ulster County are ready to take the next step: get the statue
Part mischievous trickster, part Old-World aristocrat, László Ocskay saved over 2000 Jews from the Holocaust. But because of Cold War politics, few in his native Hungary knew about it. He lived his last years quietly in Kingston. Recognition came later.