This week on The Historians Podcast, journalist David Levine discusses his book The Hudson Valley: The First 250 Million Years: A Mostly Chronological and Occasionally Personal History (Globe Pequot, 2020). [Read more…] about The Last 250 Million Years in the Hudson Valley
Hudson Highlands residents Barry and Mary Jean (MJ) Ross have donated their collection of Hudson River postcards to the Putnam History Museum.
The collection is comprised of 240 distinct early 20th century postcards with scenes of the Hudson River Valley – and related views, activities, landmarks, and landscapes – from New York Harbor to the Adirondacks. [Read more…] about Putnam History Museum Acquires Hudson River Postcard Collection
Throughout the Hudson Valley, community volunteers are getting out their flashlights, reflective vests, and rain gear in anticipation of annual amphibian breeding migrations, which typically begin in mid-March. Volunteers will document the migration and help salamanders and frogs as part of DEC’s Amphibian Migrations and Road Crossings Project. [Read more…] about Volunteers Preparing for Annual Salamander, Frog Migration
Sterling Forest State Park in Orange County, NY is growing by an additional 130 acres that includes a portion of the former Greenwood Forest Farms, the first resort in New York State incorporated by and for Black families.
Between its founding in 1919 and through the 1960s, a portion of this property was Greenwood Forest Farms, which was founded by a group of prominent Black families and civic leaders from New York City, the resort became a haven for cultural and civil rights leaders from Harlem and Brooklyn, including writer Langston Hughes. Some descendants of the original pioneers now live in the neighborhood year-round. [Read more…] about Sterling Forest State Park Expands With Purchase of Historic Black Resort
Hudson Valley and The Valley Table, part of the Today Media publishing company, has announced the appointment of Linda Fears as Editor in Chief for both publications. One of the region’s leading lifestyle publications, Hudson Valley celebrated its 49th anniversary this year. The Valley Table recently joined the Today Media lineup of publications. [Read more…] about Linda Fears Named Hudson Valley Mag Editor in Chief
Eleanor Charwat’s short book Prohibition in the Hudson Valley, Along the Bootleg Trail (self published, 2017) looks back at the prominent role the Hudson Valley played in bootlegging during the Prohibition Era.
Local producers, distributors and sellers of illegal liquor were overshadowed and sometimes terrorized by New York City gangsters like Dutch Schultz, Legs Diamond and Salvatore Maranzano who came to the Hudson Valley to make money and escape federal surveillance. [Read more…] about A Short Book On Prohibition in the Hudson Valley
Wackman founded one of the first repair cafes in the United States, in New Paltz, NY and went on to support and coordinate the creation of numerous repair cafes in the Hudson Valley, Catskills, and Capital District. [Read more…] about Remembering Hudson Valley Repair Café Founder John Wackman
The Washington’s Headquarters State Historic Site has announced they are seeking nominations for their 2021 Martha Washington Woman of History Award. This award is given to a woman who has distinguished herself in the field of Hudson Valley history. [Read more…] about Woman Of History Award Nominations Sought
The 2020 Hudson Valley Restaurant Week has been set for November 9th through 22nd.
Local restaurants spanning more than 115 miles in eight counties including Columbia, Dutchess, Orange, Putnam, Rockland, Sullivan, Ulster and Westchester will offer specially priced pre-fixed lunch ($25.95) and dinner ($35.95) menus throughout the two-week event. Restaurants will be offering pre-fixed menus and their restaurant menus for both dine-in or take-out meals. [Read more…] about Hudson Valley Restaurant Week Set For November
The Time and the Valleys Museum has announced a virtual program: The Great Covered Bridges of the Mid-Hudson Region, with Ron Knapp, co-author of American Covered Bridges: Practical Crossings – Nostalgic Icons, set for Sunday, June 7, at 2 pm. [Read more…] about Mid-Hudson Covered Bridges Virtual Program