Honoring the Past

Jane Colden

Remembering America’s First Woman Botanist

Driving along the distinctly suburban stretch of Route 17K in Coldenham, a hamlet in Orange County’s Town of Montgomery, it’s hard to imagine a time when this could have been “the habitation only of wolves and bears and other wild...

10 Facts About the Dutchess County Fair

COVID has put the kibosh on lots of summer staples this year, from the Maverick Concerts in Woodstock to the Powerhouse Theater in Poughkeepsie. But perhaps the most-missed attraction will be the Dutchess County Fair. Year after year, it draws close...
Thurgood Marshall Painting by Betsy Graves Reyneau

Thurgood Marshall’s Valley Legacy

Travelers whizzing along Route 17 — perhaps on their way to or from hikes in Harriman or Sterling Forest State parks — may have noticed that a portion of the road in Rockland County is now named the Thurgood Marshall...
Hutton Bricks

10 Facts About HV Bricks

Scattered along the shores of the Hudson River, it’s not hard to find red “rocks” — or the remnants of bricks. Sometimes you’ll even find one intact enough to still display the name of the factory where it was made....

Life, Liberty & the Hudson Valley

The fireworks and cookouts we enjoy on the Fourth of July celebrate the Declaration of Independence. This year, also light a sparkler to honor the courageous signers of the “Coxsackie Declaration of Independence,” drafted 245 years ago, in May of...
Rachel Carson

Rachel Carson & the Clearwater

Rachel Carson’s Silent Spring, published in 1962, is considered the bible of the modern environmental movement. Its compelling and science-based account of the horrors inflicted on Earth’s entire ecosystem by the pesticide DDT galvanized people to take a stand against...
Compost

Earth Day Resolution

New Year’s Day is long gone, and so are a lot of the well-intentioned resolutions we made. But that’s never stopped us from trying—so why not make an Earth Day resolution? There are lots of ways you can help the...
Working Sketch of the Mastodon by Rembrandt Peale

The Mastodon’s Return

A fascinating — and extremely large — piece of Hudson Valley history has returned to America for a brief visit. With any luck, we’ll be able to see it. As part of the exhibit “Alexander von Humboldt and the United...
Pine Street African Burial Site (Photo by Kristopher Johnson)

Living Black History

Something to ponder during Black History Month: Prior to the abolition of slavery in New York in 1827, it was the largest slave-owning state north of the Mason Dixon line. The first 11 enslaved people arrived in New Amsterdam (now...
Harriet Tubman

Tubman in Troy

With the November 2019 release of the movie Harriet, we remember the courageous action she took in 1860 in Troy, New York.