Olivebridge resident Kate McGloughlin’s family goes back 12 generations in Ulster County, and her maternal ancestors were among the 2,000+ people displaced when the Ashokan Reservoir was constructed between 1907 and 1915. Twelve communities were inundated when a 12-mile stretch of the Esopus Creek was impounded and flooded to provide drinking water for New York City.
Sunday, Nov. 3: Even if Frances Perkins hadn’t been the first woman ever to serve in a US presidential cabinet, or the longest-serving Secretary of Labor ever (12 years), she would still deserve a shining place in 20th-century history. She was a suffragist, worked with Jane Addams as a Hull House volunteer, advocated passionately for female workers after witnessing the horrific Triangle Shirtwaist Factory fire in 1911, became the highest-paid woman in New York State government as Industrial Commissioner, taught Sociology at Adelphi University, fought against child labor and for unemployment and a minimum wage – all before she even joined the FDR administration.
The custom of scaring people by carrying a lit candle inside a hollowed-out vegetable is far older than Colonial America.
There’s scarcely an American left alive today who remembers the days when treats weren’t the primary focus of the practice.
Part III in a series on Hervey White. Erroneously named “founder” of Woodstock by Life magazine in 1938, White [1866-1944] is better described as godfather of a town he personally transformed into America’s most famous Bohemia, earlier even than 1920. But despite this fact, and although admired by artists and farmers alike, Hervey lived and died an enigma. Some knew part, but none knew all his secrets.
Friday-Saturday, October 18-19. While a reenactment of the Redcoats’ landing and skirmish with the local militia at Kingston Point won’t be happening this year, some new features have been added to the semiannual commemoration of the disastrous sequence of events in 1777, when British forces took over the city, setting buildings afire as they moved from east to west.
Friday-Sunday, Oct. 11-13: The bust, designed by Czech sculptor Marie Seborova, was commissioned and donated by Art for Amnesty founder Bill Shipsey in recognition of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights’s 70th anniversary. Identical busts have been placed in sites of significance around the world: France, Italy, the Netherlands, Slovenia and at Columbia Law School.
Are you a bottle collector, local history fan, or just have that odd bottle on your shelf? Consider attending the Hudson Valley Bottle Club’s fall open house on Friday, October 18 from 7-9 p.m. at the Marlboro Presbyterian Church at 51 Grand St, Marlboro, to learn more about local bottles, Hudson Valley glass-producing industries, and the bottle collecting hobby.
Saturday, Oct. 5: The 200th anniversary of the birth of American poet, journalist, essayist and humanist Walt Whitman is this month, and a dear colleague of his (or the people now taking care of his old cabin) will be throwing his birthday party — John Burroughs.
Two of the more renowned American art colonies developed right in Woodstock: Byrdcliffe and Maverick. And then there is Elverhoj – news to most of us, first and foremost because you can’t visit there.