Friday, Nov. 9: Theater piece at Vassar library in Poughkeepsie to honor first woman to obtain a doctorate.
The green-tinted visage and screeching voice of the Wicked Witch of the West became the stuff of nightmares, but by all accounts, Margaret Hamilton was a gentle person in real life, and got on well with children.
Opening on Saturday, October 27: Virginia Haggard was an accomplished and interesting woman in her own right who spoke several languages. She was the well-educated daughter of a diplomat and an aspiring artist herself.
Everyone is invited to share in the celebration on Sunday Oct. 21 at 3 p.m. at the church on Stay Rd. There will be a service of remembrance and memories followed by refreshments. This is an opportunity to come and share your memories of the church or stories your parents and grandparents told.
Tuesday, Oct. 16: Shorto was one of the first historians to be allowed access to Albany’s rich archive of primary documents from the era of Dutch colonization of what is now New York, as they were being translated into English by the New Netherland Project. The best-known product of those early researches was his 2004 blockbuster The Island at the Center of the World: The Epic Story of Dutch Manhattan, and the Founding Colony that Shaped America. It’s an engaging tale of how the philosophical fruits of the European Enlightenment, borne to New Netherland by Dutch settlers, seeded New York City’s destiny as a cradle of diversity and liberalism and a welcoming harbor for immigrants.
By the time Washington Irving moved to Sunnyside, he was renowned on two continents as “the first American man of letters.” He had already written both of his most famous stories, “Legend” and “Rip Van Winkle”; covered Aaron Burr’s treason trial for a newspaper; co-founded the literary magazine Salmagundi; coined the phrase “the almighty dollar,” as well as the nicknames “Gotham” for New York City and “Knickerbocker” for one of its residents; spawned the fiction that Christopher Columbus’ contemporaries believed the Earth to be flat; and, with his accounts of traditional Yorkshire Yuletide celebrations in his Bracebridge Hall stories, planted the seed of inspiration in Charles Dickens that would soon lead to the writing of A Christmas Carol.
“Laurels by Laura” is an account of life in Shandaken that will leave readers nostalgic for days gone by, even if they weren’t there to see them.
Saturday, October 13: It’s the longest-standing Burr arch covered bridge in New York and the second-oldest covered bridge in the state
Historic Huguenot Street became an immersive experience in history as dozens of reenactors and costumed interpreters offered demonstrations and performances throughout the day.
Saturday, September 8: Interpreters in period garb, reenactments, performances, Colonial games and demonstrations will bring history to life throughout the day.