Local History

New Paltz wants Sojourner Truth statue

New Paltz wants Sojourner Truth statue

Governor Andrew Cuomo announced last November that, as part of an effort to erect more statues of women throughout the state, one of Sojourner Truth will be sited along the Empire State Trail. Town leaders in New Paltz think that it should be here, as New Paltz is the place she called home for 18 years, and they’ve both passed a resolution and launched an online petition to bring Truth home.

Feat of clay: Looking back at the once-mighty Hudson Valley brick industry

Feat of clay: Looking back at the once-mighty Hudson Valley brick industry

At the turn of the 20th century, the Hudson Valley was the brickmaking capital of the world, producing more than a billion bricks a year and employing nearly 10,000 people in more than 120 brickyards. By the late 1970s, the once-mighty molded-brick industry was no more. One by one, the great yards had closed their gates, leaving behind a small-but-colorful legacy of people who remember the industry in its prime. 

Campaign to commemorate WWII’s “Indestructible Man” in Beacon

Campaign to commemorate WWII’s “Indestructible Man” in Beacon

Thursday, January 11: “Captain Dixie” Kiefer was a US naval commander during World War II who saw so much action that his men joked that the ship’s compass needle always pointed to him, on account of all the shrapnel in his body. While awarding him a medal, the Secretary of the Navy dubbed Kiefer “the Indestructible Man.” But shortly after the war ended, Kiefer perished, along with five other Navy men, in an airplane crash on Mount Beacon. A group called the Mount Beacon Eight is working to attain recognition for those who died alongside Kiefer in the 1945 plane crash.