Local History

“Hudson Valley Ruins” talk in Rosendale

“Hudson Valley Ruins” talk in Rosendale

Saturday, Dec. 2: There will be a presentation by Tom Rinaldi and Rob Yasinsac, explorer/author/photographers who together created the book Hudson Valley Ruins: Forgotten Landmarks of an American Landscape. The pair have focused their research on lesser-known historical sites where, “in spite of their significance, these structures have been allowed to decay, and in some cases, to disappear altogether.”

Red Hook’s Cruger Island once home to remarkable plundered Mayan sculptures

Red Hook’s Cruger Island once home to remarkable plundered Mayan sculptures

From the mid-1840s to about 1920, the shores of this island in Tivoli Bays served as the unlikely setting for a collection of Mayan sculptures brought more than 1,700 miles north from their points of origin. Back then, canoe excursions by moonlight were the height of dramatic entertainment. Explorers were folk heroes and on a steamy August night, it would have been easy to imagine you were moving up a previously uncharted river, with natives gazing out from the darkness.