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War Monuments in Poughkeepsie

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The names and legacies of soldiers throughout U.S. history continue to live on through the many war memorials located throughout the United States. These memorials are constructed and dedicated to specific wars, battles, and the veterans that fought in them. Some memorials serve the specific purpose of immortalizing the men and women who lost their lives fighting to defend our country. These monuments serve as vehicles to never forget the contributions that these lost lives made to the country. The town of Poughkeepsie maintains the two such war monuments: the Soldiers Memorial Fountain honoring fallen Union soldiers of the Civil War, and the World War I memorial, which is dedicated to those killed in the First World War.

The Soldiers Memorial Fountain is an impeccably crafted cast iron fountain dedicated to Union soldiers killed during the Civil War. The monument was constructed shortly after the Civil War in July of 1870. There are actually three nearly identical fountains to the one in Poughkeepsie. The fountains were purchased from James, Beebe & Co., an Ironworks firm located in New York City. The design of the fountain is believed to be a combined emulation of various French artists, primarily Jean-Pierre-Victor Andre, from the mid-19th century. One is located in Savannah, Georgia, one in Madison, Indiana, and the fourth in Cusco, Peru.[1]

When I arrived at the fountain, I first noticed accumulated rust and damage endured by the monument, as it has not been restored since 1999. This degradation was quickly outshone by the captivating figures featured on the fountain. It is topped by a woman and the base is circled by four mermen wielding horned instruments. The woman topping the fountain seems  to represent Minerva, the Greek Goddess of wisdom, medicine, commerce, and war strategy. Minerva is commonly associated with victory, and tactical thought when depicted in mediums of art. The woman is revealing one breast, which is a common symbol for liberty among French artists. The mermen surrounding the bottom are likely complementing pieces to Minerva, and to further cement the symbolism of the piece. Furthermore, their horned instruments pointed up into the air can symbolize heaven, and the hope that all of those lost in the Civil War went to heaven. Because of the history surrounding the imitation of the design and French symbolism, it can be inferred that this statue stands for victory, liberty, and possibly religious faith as well.

 

CivWar_MonumentThe mermen along the base of the fountain

The second war monument located in Poughkeepsie is the World War I memorial, located across from the post office. Erected in 1937 by the citizens of the city of Poughkeepsie, the monument serves to honor residents who lost their lives during World War I. Unlike the intricate cast iron design of the Soldiers Memorial Fountain, the World War I memorial is a stone slab that lists the rank and full name of the 63 Poughkeepsie residents that didn’t make it back home. I was immediately drawn to the fact that the monument itself looks like a tombstone. The gray coloring and tombstone style shape are visual reinforcements that remind the viewer that the names listed sacrificed their lives for a cause bigger than them. Even with this grim design choice, I still found the monument beautiful due to its simplicity, and found these somber design choices to be especially powerful in getting me to think deeper about these soldiers, the lives they gave up, and what they provided for future generations of Americans.

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The World War 1 Monument in Poughkeepsie

The construction of monuments is crucial to the preservation of American history, and serve as excellent vehicles to honor the loss of life that war creates. While these fallen heroes may be physically removed from this planet, their names, stories, and contributions to society live on through the monuments we build.

– Sean Hayden, Marist ’18

[1] Monuments. Accessed March 9, 2018. City of Savannah. http://www.savannahga.gov/768/Monuments.

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Dutchess County’s Forgotten Slain: The Germond Family Homicide

February 17, 2018

It was the day after Thanksgiving 1930, when the Borden Company of Dutchess County New York, sent one of its workers out to check on a local dairy farmer who supplied them with milk, after not receiving their typical shipments.[1] The employee, a man by the name of Millard Coons, arrived at the dairy farm around nine in the morning, to find the farm and it’s animals unattended.[2] What he found next would shock the entire state of New York. All four members of the Germond family were found stabbed to death on their New York dairy farm, with investigators putting the time of death on the eve of Thanksgiving.[3] Husted Germond and his young son, Raymond, were found first, stabbed to death in the family’s wagon shed, the bodies laying in a pool of their own blood. Mabel and Bernice Germond, Husted’s wife and daughter were found next in the family’s kitchen. Both of them were also viciously stabbed to death, with 17 year-old Bernice’s body being found under the kitchen table as if she had tried to crawl away.[4]

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(Image of neighbors and reporters at the scene of the murder. Provided by the Dutchess County Historical Society.)

 

Not long after Coons had found the bodies, the once quiet dairy farm was crawling with investigators looking for any sign of the perpetrator’s identity. The Dutchess County Sheriffs, and New York State Police both went to work attempting to compile any evidence from a crime scene that while gruesome, shed little light on whoever could have done something so heinous to a family who reportedly had no enemies.[5] Though one extremely valuable piece of evidence was found at the scene, a butcher knife that did not belong to the family, and had been used to slaughter them. Investigators were unable to find any trace of fingerprints on the knife, and though they were able to track down who sold the knife, the individual was not able to recall who he had sold it to.[6]

This was not the only important piece of evidence found however, as the empty wallet of Husted Germond was found abandoned, one mile from the crime scene.[7] It was also discovered that Mr. Germond had cashed a $150 check the same day of the murder, leading investigators to believe that the family’s murder was linked to robbery.[8] This still did not bring law enforcement any closer to solving the Germond Murders, and did not explain why the killings had been so vicious if it was simply a robbery. From there, investigators chased several leads, trying to find an illusive “mysterious stranger”, who had been reportedly seen walking around the Germond’s property.[9] After chasing several leads and finding nothing, the then Governor of New York, Franklin D. Roosevelt decided to have the New York State Attorney General take over the investigation.[10] This decision was seen as political grandstanding by the local county officials, and the investigation of the Attorney General went nowhere, as petty politics seemed to trump a murder investigation.

It was not until 1933, long after the Germond family had been put to rest, that a suspect was finally charged for the murder.[11] It would just so happen that the individual charged with the murders lived right next to the Germond residence, and had a history of assault. The suspect was a man by the name of Arthur Curry, who had gone over to the Germond farm the day of the murder in order to pick up some money that Mr. Germond owed him.[12] He came back supposedly empty handed at 6:30pm.[13] To investigators, it seemed suspicious that a man with a history of losing his temper and getting violent, would come to the Germond farm looking for money on the day of the murder, and having Mr. Germond’s wallet found empty a mile from the crime scene. It seems perfectly reasonable that Curry was examined as a possible suspect of the murders, though there was not nearly enough evidence to push for an indictment. The evidence proved so sparse in fact, that the court dropped the charges, sighting little non-circumstantial evidence.[14]

No other serious suspects were found, and eventually the nation, New York, and the people of Dutchess County forgot about the gruesome killings. Though, in November of 1961, an article was published in the Poughkeepsie Journal, detailing how a local man and friend of Mr. Germond, thought that the homicides might have had something to do with the illegal stills located throughout the county.[15] Millard Coons had told the Poughkeepsie Journal, he and a group of acquaintances had heard Mr. Germond complaining of the stills in the area and the group had suggested that he go to the Internal Revenue Service about the issue. Mr. Coons told the journal that Mr. Germond said that he might, and that the conversation the group had over the issue could have easily gotten out.[16] Then a few nights later, Mr. Coons reported that he and a friend were working in his barn when a stranger entered.[17]

“It was getting dusk and I was in the barn with a friend when a stranger appeared. He seemed taken back when he saw the two of us and when I asked him what he wanted, he mumbled something about wanting to look at some new cows. Then he left in a hurry.”[18]

Coons told the journal, then adding “Maybe I was supposed to have gotten it”. It is also strange that a man who was heavily suspected of being connected to the stills in the area then left the county shortly after the murders, according to Mr. Coons the man left for Connecticut. Stranger still, was that in 1960, a Connecticut woman accused her former lover of frequently speaking of the Germond murders. The Dutchess County Sheriff’s Department investigated, but claimed it was simply “a women’s scorn”, as the man she was accusing had left her for someone else.[19] In the article, Mr. Coons points out that it is rather odd that a woman from another state would accuse someone of a murder that happened thirty years ago, but the Sheriff’s office pursued it no further.[20]

Regardless of any speculation over the true motive, and suspect of this vicious killing, the Germond case remains unsolved, and now largely forgotten by the people of the Hudson River Valley. One of the reasons for this mystery still persisting may be due to the state of the Dutchess County Sheriff’s Department during the 1930s. The current Dutchess County Sheriff has said before that in the past major crime scenes were often treated as a “potluck”.[21] At the time there was no special team to collect evidence in a situation like the Germond murders, unlike in the departments current state.[22] There is even photographic evidence of curious neighbors parking their cars on the Germond property shortly after the murder, possibly destroying vital evidence. Whatever the case may be, it is certain that the Germond murders remain unsolved, and that it we may never know who slaughtered an entire family on the eve of Thanksgiving 1930.

– Shane Murphy, Marist ’18

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Endnotes

[1] “Death on a Dairy Farm: This Murder Case from 1930 Is Still Unsolved.” Modern Farmer. January 11, 2018. Accessed February 12, 2018.

[2] Ibid.

[3] Thomsen , Herbert J. “Pine Plains Man Links County Still To Germond Dairy Farm Deaths.” Poughkeepsie Journal/www.newspapers.com , November 22, 1961. Accessed February 5, 2018.

[4] “Death on a Dairy Farm: This Murder Case from 1930 Is Still Unsolved.” Modern Farmer. January 11, 2018. Accessed February 12, 2018.

[5] “Death on a Dairy Farm: This Murder Case from 1930 Is Still Unsolved.” Modern Farmer. January 11, 2018. Accessed February 12, 2018.

[6] Ibid.

[7] Thomsen , Herbert J. “Pine Plains Man Links County Still To Germond Dairy Farm Deaths.” Poughkeepsie Journal/www.newspapers.com , November 22, 1961. Accessed February 5, 2018.

[8] Thomsen , Herbert J. “Pine Plains Man Links County Still To Germond Dairy Farm Deaths.” Poughkeepsie Journal/www.newspapers.com , November 22, 1961. Accessed February 5, 2018.

[9] Ibid.

[10] “Death on a Dairy Farm: This Murder Case from 1930 Is Still Unsolved.” Modern Farmer. January 11, 2018. Accessed February 12, 2018.

[11] Thomsen , Herbert J. “Pine Plains Man Links County Still To Germond Dairy Farm Deaths.” Poughkeepsie Journal/www.newspapers.com , November 22, 1961. Accessed February 5, 2018.

[12] Ibid.

[13] Thomsen , Herbert J. “Pine Plains Man Links County Still To Germond Dairy Farm Deaths.” Poughkeepsie Journal/www.newspapers.com , November 22, 1961. Accessed February 5, 2018.

[14] Thomsen , Herbert J. “Pine Plains Man Links County Still To Germond Dairy Farm Deaths.” Poughkeepsie Journal/www.newspapers.com , November 22, 1961. Accessed February 5, 2018.

[15] Ibid.

[16] Ibid.

[17] Ibid.

[18] Ibid.

[19] Ibid.

[20] Ibid.

[21] Brant, Abbott. “Sheriff’s office celebrates 300 years of history, changes.” The Poughkeepsie Journal. April 26, 2017. Accessed February 14, 2018.

[22] Ibid.

[1] “Death on a Dairy Farm: This Murder Case from 1930 Is Still Unsolved.” Modern Farmer. January 11, 2018. Accessed February 12, 2018.

[1] Ibid.

[1] Thomsen , Herbert J. “Pine Plains Man Links County Still To Germond Dairy Farm Deaths.” Poughkeepsie Journal/www.newspapers.com , November 22, 1961. Accessed February 5, 2018.

[1] “Death on a Dairy Farm: This Murder Case from 1930 Is Still Unsolved.” Modern Farmer. January 11, 2018. Accessed February 12, 2018.

[1] “Death on a Dairy Farm: This Murder Case from 1930 Is Still Unsolved.” Modern Farmer. January 11, 2018. Accessed February 12, 2018.

[1] Ibid.

[1] Thomsen , Herbert J. “Pine Plains Man Links County Still To Germond Dairy Farm Deaths.” Poughkeepsie Journal/www.newspapers.com , November 22, 1961. Accessed February 5, 2018.

[1] Thomsen , Herbert J. “Pine Plains Man Links County Still To Germond Dairy Farm Deaths.” Poughkeepsie Journal/www.newspapers.com , November 22, 1961. Accessed February 5, 2018.

[1] Ibid.

[1] “Death on a Dairy Farm: This Murder Case from 1930 Is Still Unsolved.” Modern Farmer. January 11, 2018. Accessed February 12, 2018.

[1] Thomsen , Herbert J. “Pine Plains Man Links County Still To Germond Dairy Farm Deaths.” Poughkeepsie Journal/www.newspapers.com , November 22, 1961. Accessed February 5, 2018.

[1] Ibid.

[1] Thomsen , Herbert J. “Pine Plains Man Links County Still To Germond Dairy Farm Deaths.” Poughkeepsie Journal/www.newspapers.com , November 22, 1961. Accessed February 5, 2018.

[1] Thomsen , Herbert J. “Pine Plains Man Links County Still To Germond Dairy Farm Deaths.” Poughkeepsie Journal/www.newspapers.com , November 22, 1961. Accessed February 5, 2018.

[1] Ibid.

[1] Ibid.

[1] Ibid.

[1] Ibid.

[1] Ibid.

[1] Ibid.

[1] Brant, Abbott. “Sheriff’s office celebrates 300 years of history, changes.” The Poughkeepsie Journal. April 26, 2017. Accessed February 14, 2018.

[1] Ibid.

The Jonah Sherman Collection at the Marist College Archives

Jonah Sherman was a local businessman, native to Poughkeepsie, NY who operated the Sherman Furniture Corporation for many years. This company originally began as a family-owned appliance business and later evolved into a furniture retailer. A July 14, 1985 article of the Poughkeepsie Journal referred to Sherman as “an encyclopedia of business trivia, a man who inherited a family appliance store in the 1950’s and diversified to become a leading New York businessman and civic force.” Jonah Sherman served Marist College as a trustee for more the 25 years and several terms as an officer of the board. In 1993, Jonah and his wife Joan were established the Marist College Center for Lifetime Study, a program for senior citizens that has been subsequently adopted by other collegiate institutions. He served on many boards and civic organizations in the Poughkeepsie area and was instrumental as a board member of the Astor Home in Rhinebeck.

 

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In 2007, Sherman donated a collection of material related to Poughkeepsie’s commercial and civic history to the college archives. Of particular note are documents related to local businesses and banking institutions. Much of the material is related to Luckey, Platt, and Company which began in Poughkeepsie in 1867 and operated continuously until closing in 1981. Documents include deeds, mortgages, contracts, insurance policies and claims, pamphlets, brochures, and architectural plans. Some of the more interesting documents relate to plans, specs, and proposals for the construction of the 1923 Classical Revival building by Poughkeepsie architect, Percival Lloyd. The “Luckey Platt Building” still stands at the corner of Main and Academy Streets in the city of Poughkeepsie. Scrapbooks related to Luckey, Platt, and Co., ranging from the early- to mid-twentieth century are excellent and succinct resources for historians studying Poughkeepsie businesses.

 

Banking history is documented well in Sherman’s collection. Two banks are featured prominently: the Poughkeepsie Savings Bank and the Merchants Bank of Poughkeepsie. Other banks include the Farmers and Manufacturers Bank and Fallkill National Bank. Typical documents in each of these folders include copies of articles of association, incomplete volumes of mortgage indexes, letters and correspondence, historical biographical material, and documents showing mergers with other banks. It is interesting to examine the various federal regulatory documentation, beginning in the 1930s and documented in the collection through the 1960’s.

 

Another box contained extensive material related to Marist College, Vassar College, Eastman Business College, and other academic institutions in Poughkeepsie. Records for Eastman Business College include financial statements, antique autograph books, and other administrative records. The collection on Vassar included pamphlets and historical material tailored to the general public.

 

The Sherman Collection is impressive in its volume of ephemeral material from local businesses and industry. These items include advertising material, postcard collection, and an impressive photograph cache of the business district.

 

Other noteworthy items in the collection include documents related to the Hackett and Williams law firm of Poughkeepsie. Henry T. Hackett, a partner in the firm, served as counsel to Franklin Delano Roosevelt on local matters and drafted his will. Hackett’s family settled in Hyde Park in 1852 from Ireland and rose to prominence as local attorneys. Henry was a 1909 graduate of Harvard University School of Law. The Roosevelt Presidential Library holds further material related to Henry Hackett and his dealings with President Roosevelt.

 

The Sherman Collection at the Marist College Archives is a comprehensive window into Poughkeepsie history of the 19th and 20th centuries and is an outstanding resource to someone researching industry in the region.

 

– Elijah Bender, Marist ’18

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The Jonah Sherman Collection at the Marist College Archives

Jonah Sherman was a local businessman, native to Poughkeepsie, NY who operated the Sherman Furniture Corporation for many years. This company began as a family owned appliance business and later transformed into a furniture retailer. A July 14, 1985 article of the Poughkeepsie Journal referred to Sherman as “an encyclopedia of business trivia, a man who inherited a family appliance store in the 1950’s and diversified to become a leading New York businessman and civic force.” He served Marist College as a trustee for more the 25 years and several terms as an officer of the board. In 1993, Jonah and his wife Joan established the Marist College Center for Lifetime Study, a program for senior citizens that has been subsequently adopted by other collegiate institutions. He served on many boards and civic organizations in the Poughkeepsie area and was instrumental as a board member of the Astor Home in Rhinebeck.

In 2007, Jonah Sherman donated a collection of material related to Poughkeepsie’s commercial and civic history to the college archives. Of particular note are documents related to local businesses and banking institutions. Much of the material is related to Luckey, Platt, and Company which began in Poughkeepsie in 1867 and operated continuously until closing in 1981. Documents include deeds, mortgages, contracts, insurance policies and claims, pamphlets, brochures, and architectural plans. Some of the more interesting documents relate to plans, specs, and proposals for the construction of the 1923 Classical Revival building by Poughkeepsie architect, Percival Lloyd. The “Luckey PLatt Building” still stands at the corner of Main and Academy Streets in the city of Poughkeepsie. Scrapbooks related to Luckey, Platt, and Co., ranging from the early- to mid-twentieth century are excellent and succinct resources for historians studying Poughkeepsie businesses.

Banking history is documented well in Sherman’s collection. Two banks are featured prominently: the Poughkeepsie Savings Bank and the Merchants Bank of Poughkeepsie. Other banks include the Farmers and Manufacturers Bank and Fallkill National Bank. Typical documents in each of these folders include copies of articles of association, incomplete volumes of mortgage indexes, letters and correspondence, historical biographical material, and documents showing mergers with other banks. It is interesting to examine the various federal regulatory documentation, beginning in the 1930s and documented in the collection through the 1960’s.

Another box contained extensive material related to Marist College, Vassar College, Eastman Business College, and other academic institutions in Poughkeepsie. Records for Eastman Business College include financial statements, antique autograph books, and other administrative records. The collection on Vassar included pamphlets and historical material tailored to the general public.

The Sherman Collection is impressive in its volume of ephemeral material from local businesses and industry. These items include advertising material, postcard collection, and an impressive photograph cache of the business district.

Other noteworthy items in the collection include documents related to the Hackett and Williams law firm of Poughkeepsie. Henry T. Hackett, a partner in the firm, served as counsel to Franklin Delano Roosevelt on local matters and drafted his will. Hackett’s family settled in Hyde Park in 1852 from Ireland and rose to prominence as local attorneys. Henry was a 1909 graduate of Harvard University School of Law. The Roosevelt Presidential Library holds further material related to Henry Hackett and his dealings with President Roosevelt.

The Sherman Collection at the Marist College Archives is a comprehensive window into Poughkeepsie history of the 19th and 20th centuries and is an outstanding resource to someone researching industry in the region.

 

– Elijah Bender, Marist ’18

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The Coffin Family Papers

 

The Coffin family collection at the Marist Archives and Special Collections represents a
snapshot glimpse of this unique Dutchess County family. Abishai Coffin, a fourth generation descendant of Tristram Coffin, moved from Nantucket and settled in the Hudson Valley around the time of the American Revolution.

 

Robert Coffin was born to Abishai and Sarah Long Coffin. Coffin was born in the Town of Washington, in eastern Dutchess County, New York and would go on to represent Dutchess County in the New York State Assembly in 1832. He married Magdalene Bently, daughter of Colonel Tabor Bently and together they had ten children. Coffin was an authority and breeder of race horses. It is important to note that the Coffin family were
devout Quakers, avid abolitionists, and involved in progressive causes.
Some highlights of significant items in the collection include receipts and promissory
notes between Robert Coffin and various local merchants. Jobs performed for the family
included weaving, lumber, shoe and boot repair, meat provisions, and general labor. More revealing documents include the will, estate inventory, and probate records of Tabor Bently, Robert Coffin’s father in law. Bently, a farmer, was indentured by means of a loan to Robert Coffin and Wheeler Gilbert for the sum of $1334.94. This indenture was signed on January 1, 1821 and was fulfilled on April 12, 1827. Bently had died before the financial obligation was fulfilled in 1826. Bently had other financial troubles, evident by another 1825 bond to Henry Able for thirty five dollars and transfer of property including “mare” horses in fulfillment of that loan. It is a possibility that his limited financial means were a result of his old age and inability to work and operate a farm.

 

Tabor Bently is interesting in considering his unique ties to Dutchess County history. His
ancestors settled in Narragansett, Rhode Island in 1671. It is unclear where Tabor was born, however, some of his siblings were born in North Kingstown, Rhode Island just prior to his birth in 1752. Tabor’s parents, William and Elizabeth Bently are accounted for as the original settlers of the Beekman Patent in Dutchess County. Tabor was active in Beekman and the American Revolution, signing the local Articles of Association and serving as Second Lieutenant in the Beekman Militia as of 1778. In 1781, Bently served as chief witness in the hanging of three British spies, Henry Wickes, Abraham Ackerly, and John Vermillier. These men were captured near the home of Colonel James Vanderburgh in the hamlet of Poughquag.1

 

The collection of papers pertaining to the Coffin family and Tabor Bently end around the
year 1833 and provide brief material of the individuals involved. Bently is a unique individual and his involvement in the American Revolution and Dutchess County warrants more research to be done on his life. What exists currently is only genealogical material compiled by family members and local historians and loosely organized primary source material related to the spy incident in 1781.
Little is known of the Dutchess County line of the Coffin family other than their devout
Quaker faith, strong ties to the Abolitionist cause, and other activism in progressive  politics of the time.

Elijah Bender, Marist ‘18
1 https://books.google.com/books?id=IAobAQAAIAAJ&pg=PA764&lpg=PA764&dq=Henry+Wickes,+Abraham+Ackerly,+and+John+Vermillier&source=bl&ots=TEMsUSNu6r&sig=X9qG2-l2kE8zuIqtHKMwW5cBHmE&hl=en&sa=X&ved=0ahUKEwjol-nrz8baAhXPTN8KHax2C9kQ6AEIKzAA#v=onepage&q=Henry%20Wickes%2C%20Abraham%20Ackerly%2C%20and%20John%20Vermillier&f=false

Meet the Intern: Sean Hayden

I’m a senior Business marketing major/ History minor here at Marist College, originally from Stratford, Connecticut, which is on the coast of the Long Island Sound. My sister Kellie is a Marist Alumna, which was a considerable factor in my decision to enroll at the college, and the last three and a half years have been an incredible journey.

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As a Business major, I am often presented with questions such as “Why do you also study history? What does that have to do with business?” When asked, I am quick to offer two responses, the first being that I simply have a love and passion for History! Ever since grade school, I was always the student that was deeply invested in the world’s interesting, chaotic, and occasionally dark past, as well as constantly analyzing and questioning the events of Earth’s timeline. This interest in understanding the past led me to minor in history, a decision that I am thankful for as it has greatly expanded my knowledge, along with presenting me fabulous opportunities such as interning at the HRVI.

The second response I give to the “why history?” question is my belief that understanding and interpreting the past can help an individual in business project future trends and make educated predictions. Furthermore, understanding the vast amount of mistakes made in history that involve business can be studied, with their consequences interpreted, and people of the future can learn from these mistakes. Basically, I find history fun, and I believe that it will help me be the best entrepreneur that I can be!

Outside of my studies, one of my main interests is following sports, New York sports in particular. I am a fan of Football, Baseball, and Basketball, with my teams of choice being the Giants, Mets, and Knicks. I try to watch as many games as possible, and typically try to go to at least one game per season in each sport. I’m also always eager to play a pick-up game of basketball or football with my friends.

One of my other hobbies that fills my free time is playing video games. I received a Gameboy Color when I was five years old, which was the catalyst for my love of video games that still continues today. As of late, I’ve been loving the new Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild. A few of my all-time favorites are Super Smash Brothers, Resident Evil 4, and The Elder Scrolls: Oblivion.

Along with sports and video games, I am an avid film watcher. My favorite director is Quentin Tarantino; Pulp Fiction & Inglorious Basterds are tied for my all-time favorite film. In my opinion, his eye for cinematography and ability to write intertwining storylines are unparalleled.  Some of my other favorite movies are The Shining, Hot Fuzz and Deadpool.

I hope this introduction of me gave you a clear sense of who I am, what I like, and how much I like history. I look forward to contributing material to the Hudson River Valley Review!

Meet the Intern: Spencer Hogan

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My name is Spencer Hogan and I’m currently a Sophomore at Marist College studying Business Administration/Finance and Economics. I also have a minor in History, linked directly to my goal as an intern at the Hudson River Valley Institute: to expand on the research I have previously done on this region, which I have called home for my entire life. Hailing from Middletown, NY, I am a proud graduate of Middletown High School and lifelong admirer of Orange County’s vast collection of historic sites and stories.

My passion for history came to the forefront with a very personal discovery about a year ago: my family had unearthed a trunk that we quickly realized was used by my grandfather on a 3 month long trip to Western Europe after the Second World War as part of a cohort of American graduate students in a program entitled “The Marshall Plan in Action.” He met with government and industrial development leaders in the United Kingdom, Belgium, the Netherlands, West Germany, Luxembourg and France, and kept records of each day with what we believe were intentions of creating a scrapbook. None of us knew much about his remarkable journey until our recent discovery, but seventy years later, I have now started work on that scrapbook in my spare time.

I’ve always enjoyed photography (mainly landscapes) and have had my work recognized by the New York State Art Teachers Association and Scholastic Publishing, with four “Gold Keys” in their Art and Writing Awards for the region. This ties in directly with my fondness for travel with my family, giving me the opportunity to photograph some of the most awe-inspiring sights across the world.

I am currently the President of the Marist College Business Club and an active member of the Honors Program. Honors at Marist has allowed me to take unique seminars that have piqued my interest, including “Why Nations Fail,” “Did It Happen Again? The Great Recession and the Great Depression,” and “The Evolution of Money and Banking.”

During my internship at the HRVI, my focus will be on “hidden history” in Orange County, particularly relating to a campsite in ruins within Highland Lakes State Park just outside of Middletown, for which I have obtained a collection of original records. After graduating from Marist, I plan to pursue a career relating to financial services or management, while certainly keeping my interest in history (particularly local history and genealogy) with me for a lifetime of research and enjoyment.

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