Saturday, Mar. 23: Just eight Hudson River lighthouses now remain, but dozens once dotted the shores of the Hudson between Troy and New York City, at places like Stuyvesant, Coxsackie, Rockland Lake, Danskammer Point, Esopus Island and Crossover Dike.
While New Paltz may not have been the epicenter of the Donald Trump presidential campaign, it certainly was the main stage for the first annual Tour de Trump cycling competition that swept into the Village of New Paltz on May 6 of 1989 to the cheers and jeers of more than 6,000 spectators who lined the streets, sidewalks and rooftops of downtown Main Street.
What did it mean? How did the 1960s change the world?
The ‘‘Our town’’ column is compiled each month for the New Paltz Times by Carol Johnson, coordinator of the Haviland-Heidgerd Historical Collection. The entries have been copied from the March issues of the New Paltz Independent.
Stuyvesant, Coxsackie, Rockland Lake, Danskammer Point, Esopus Island, Crossover Dike – these are just a few of the “lost” lighthouses and lights of the Hudson River. An upcoming lecture at Kingston’s Hudson River Maritime Museum explores their history.
Sunday, March 10: Part of what makes the Montgomery Place gardener Alexander Gilson (1824-1889) remarkable is the fact that he was born into slavery. After being freed, Gilson eventually opened his own nursery business, and had a cultivar of ornamental plant that he had bred named after him: Achyranthes verschaffeltii, var. Gilsoni.
The institution now known as the Hudson Correctional Facility in the City of Hudson was, from 1904 to 1975, the state’s only reformatory for delinquent girls. Jazz singer Ella Fitzgerald arrived there in April 1933 – described in the logbook as “ungovernable” – and soon became one of the notorious institution’s runaways.
Saturday, Feb. 9: The first annual Sojourner Truth Life Walk proceeds from Port Ewen to the Ulster County Courthouse, ending with a live in-person reenactment of Sojourner Truth’s “Ain’t I a Woman?” speech at the Old Dutch Church.
As Joppenbergh’s day as a cement source ended, Rosendalers, with the urging of Nordic skiing enthusiast Gus Williams of Williams Lake, found another use for the mountain.
What was happening around town in January of 1919?