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.
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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.
Using archival footage, photographs and discussion, Miller will examine the early days of the state’s prison system and document the evolution toward rehabilitation and a more positive prison philosophy.
After putting his stamp on many of Kingston and Poughkeepsie’s most important buildings, J. A. Wood created the onion-domed, minaret-studded landmark Tampa Bay Hotel.
Saturday, Dec. 1: Friends of Historic Saugerties presents “Native American Women of the Eastern Woodlands,” a talk by writer and Brooklyn College Political Science professor Sally Bermanzohn.
Thursday, Dec. 6: The yield of a unique British/Russian scholarly collaboration, The Kremlin Letters examines and makes sense of more than 600 messages exchanged between Joseph Stalin and the Allied leaders Churchill and Roosevelt during the Second World War.
Thursday, November 15: The Bicentennial Celebration will feature special exhibits, events and the first-ever relocation of the New York State Court of Appeals, the state’s highest tribunal, from its home in Albany.