In its heyday, the Bowne Hospital was a state-of-the-art wonder. There were several spacious solaria, and every enclosed space was festooned with windows, awash with light. Adjustable beds lined the long porticos, open to the breezes.
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Referred to affectionately as “Amazing Grace,” the computer pioneer, mathematician & military commander was awarded 40 honorary university degrees during her lifetime.
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.
A primer on Kingston’s own soldier/statesman.
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.
In the late 19th century, the Hudson Valley was home to at least 135 commercial icehouses, collectively capable of storing as much as three million tons of ice during the winter months.
William and Andrew Smith – jocularly known in their own lifetimes as “Trade” and “Mark” because that’s what it says under their portraits on the cough drops boxes – were geniuses at marketing.
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.”
Sunday, Nov. 19: This salon-style event will feature author and historian Rosemary Nichols and the famed musical duo Jay Ungar & Molly Mason. Well-known for their expert curation of American folk music, Jay and Molly’s music was featured in Ken Burns’ PBS landmark series The Civil War.
Perhaps it’s time that the adventures of this bold, brave, prodigiously talented Hudson Valley native be rediscovered, in her own words and pictures.