#ValleyPathbreakers: Seven Women Who Improved Life Here

They fought for working women’s rights, advocated for vulnerable children, even rescued drowning sailors. And of course, they called for cleaner river water and greater public access to the Hudson Valley’s natural abundance. To celebrate Women’s History Month, reflect on...

The Hudson Valley, Violet Capital of the World

At the turn of the 20th century, a wealthy lady in New York City wouldn’t think of leaving home for a grand celebration or event without pinning a corsage of violets on her gown. Chances are, that bunch of blooms came...

Bridging an Iced-Over Hudson

Streets and roads! Who cares for either, while we have the river? We often use the river here, weeks at a time, when the snow has left us. The ice has been remarkably even the whole of this winter….James Fenimore...

MLK’s Haunting Final Words to the Hudson Valley

A 1999 survey of scholars ranked Martin Luther King Jr.’s “I Have a Dream” speech as the most important American speech of the 20th century. Delivered from the steps of the Lincoln Memorial on August 28, 1963, King’s stirring words continue...

Celebrate the Valley’s Dutch Heritage With Heirloom Cookies

Ever wonder why we call sweet baked discs “cookies” rather than “biscuits” like the Brits? Thank the Dutch.In the brief decades between 1609 — when Henry Hudson, sailing on behalf of the Dutch East India Co., explored the river that...

Racing Faster Than a Speeding Car on the Frozen Hudson

It’s rare to see sailboats on the Hudson this time of year. But in the late 19th and early 20th centuries, sail-powered iceboats carrying famous valley residents like FDR regularly sped across the frozen waters of the river and local lakes as...

The Gifts the Hudson Valley Gave Christmas

Of course, Christmas — one of many holiday traditions celebrated today in the Hudson Valley — didn’t originate here. But the region can take credit for turning it into the joyous social occasion that many people celebrate today, a holiday season famous...