In Building the Ashokan Reservoir (Images of America, 2021), Frank Almquist brings to life the story of how this massive dam, miles of dikes, and water controls was built more than 100 years ago mostly by hand, an undertaking nearly the magnitude of the Panama Canal.
Construction started on September 30th, 1907 and the dam and dikes, followed by roads and bridges, was completed in December, 1917. Completion was ahead of schedule and under budget.
The Time and the Valleys Museum will host author Frank Almquist for a presentation on his book Building the Ashokan Reservoir on Sunday, April 24th.
In this program Almquist will share his collection of real-photo postcards and other collected material, with support of materials from local collectors, libraries and historical societies, to tell the story of the Olive Bridge dam construction, the two basins as well the dividing weir and dikes, the workers and their camps.
In summer of 1997 Frank Almquist retired early from IBM after a 37 year engineering and management career in product technology and development. For many years he fly-fished the Esopus Creek as well as collected area postcards. In antique shops he found cards of the Ashokan Reservoir area, the towns that were displaced, then construction postcards.
This program will take place at 2 pm, and will be held both in person at the Time and the Valleys Museum, and virtually via zoom. Admission to the program is free for Museum members and $5 for non-members. For virtual attendance, non-members can make a donation on the Museum’s website. To register and receive a program link, email email@example.com and put Ashokan Reservoir Talk Zoom Link Request in the subject line, or call (845) 985-7700. In person registration is not required and includes admission to the Museum’s three floors of interactive exhibitions.
The Time and the Valleys Museum is located on St. Rt. 55 in Grahamsville, Sullivan County. For more information email firstname.lastname@example.org or call (845) 985-7700.
Photos, from above: building of the Ashokan dam; and view of Ashokan dam 1931 provided.
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