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The 2013 Handel-Krom Lecture in Hudson River Valley History

The 2013 Handel-Krom Lecture in Hudson River Valley History

“Spacious and Broad, Clear and Deep”: The Hudson River and Dutch Colonization, Dr. Jaap Jacobs
Thursday October 10, 2013
The Nelly Goletti Theatre
7:00 p.m.
Please RSVP to, or by calling 845-575-3052

Dr. Jaap Jacobs’ most recent book is The Colony of New Netherland: A Dutch Settlement in Seventeenth Century America (Cornell University Press, 2009). He has taught at Leiden University, the University of Amsterdam, Cornell University, the University of Pennsylvania, and Harvard University, and has published widely on New Netherland and New Amsterdam. He is currently working on a biography of Petrus Stuyvesant, and regularly gives lectures and presentations on Dutch New York.

The lecture is free and open to the public.

The Handel-Krom Lecture Series in Hudson River Valley History was established through the generosity of community leaders Bernard and Shirley Handel and LTC Gilbert A. Krom, U.S. Army, Retired, to promote knowledge and appreciation for the rich history of this unique and important region of America.
The Hudson River Valley Institute at Marist College is supported by a major grant
from the National Endowment for the Humanities.

The Dr. Frank T. Bumpus Chair in Hudson River Valley History





 Dr. Frank T. Bumpus, left, has endowed an academic chair at Marist to advance understanding of the Hudson River Valley’s rich history, culture, and identity.   Joining him is Dr. James M. Johnson, the first holder of The Dr. Frank T. Bumpus Chair in Hudson River Valley History. 


Dr. Frank T. Bumpus, a long-time resident of Cold Spring, New York, has made a significant gift to Marist College to establish an endowed chair for promoting greater understanding of the rich history, culture, and identity of New York’s Hudson River Valley.  Dr. James M. Johnson, an internationally recognized expert on the War for Independence in the Hudson River Valley, has been appointed the first holder of the Dr. Frank T. Bumpus Chair in Hudson River Valley History.

Dr. Bumpus is a long-serving member of the advisory board of the Hudson River Valley Institute (HRVI) at Marist, a nationally recognized regional studies center that is also the academic arm of the Hudson River Valley National Heritage Area.  HRVI is a Marist academic center of excellence serving the greater community and is supported by the National Endowment for the Humanities.

“We are very grateful that Frank Bumpus — true to his family’s laudable tradition of supporting education — has made Marist a focus of his commitment to preserve and promote the rich history of the Hudson River Valley,” said President Dennis J. Murray. “This academic chair, and the excellent teaching, scholarship, and public dialogue it creates, will widen knowledge and understanding throughout the country and the world about our historically significant region of America.

“Frank has our deep thanks for his exceptional generosity and the impact it has on advancing academic excellence at Marist and promoting the Hudson River Valley Institute’s important work. We are honored to have our educational mission forever linked with one of the great champions of the Hudson River Valley.”

To be held by a noted historian, this permanently funded academic post in the School of Liberal Arts advances study and scholarship related to the Hudson River Valley’s rich history and culture.  In addition to teaching undergraduate courses, the Bumpus Chair delivers public lectures under HRVI’s auspices and directs and produces scholarship on topics about the Hudson River Valley for dissemination through HRVI’s digital library, The Hudson River Valley Review, and published articles and monographs. 

“We are incredibly proud to have The Dr. Frank T. Bumpus Chair in Hudson River Valley History at Marist,” says Dr. Thomas Wermuth, academic vice president and dean of faculty.  “We thank Dr. Bumpus for his leadership in making this eminent position possible.  Dr. Jim Johnson is a first-rate historian and incomparable advocate for the Hudson River Valley and his appointment sets the standard for future holders of the Bumpus Chair.” 

Johnson graduated from the United States Military Academy and holds M.A. and Ph.D. degrees in history from Duke and a M.A. in National Security and Strategic Studies from the Naval War College.  A retired Colonel in the United States Army, his 30 years of service include active duty in Germany and Korea and at the Pentagon, as well as 15 years on the West Point faculty, serving as head of the military history program in his second tour. Author and editor of books and numerous scholarly and popular essays and articles on the War for Independence in the Hudson River Valley, he has been a member of the Marist faculty for the past thirteen years teaching courses on the region and military history.

In 2002 Johnson co-founded the Hudson River Valley Institute and has served as its executive director ever since.   As the longstanding Military Historian of the Hudson River Valley National Heritage Area, he oversees the American Revolutionary interpretive theme.   His leadership in preserving and promoting American history in the Valley extends to the Fort Montgomery State Historic Site, the National Purple Heart Hall of Honor at New Windsor Cantonment, and the Washington-Rochambeau Revolutionary Route National Historic Trail, among many projects.   His numerous honors include the Chevalier dans l’Ordre des Palmes Academiques from the government of France; the U.S. Army’s Legion of Merit twice; the National Society of the Daughters of the American Revolution’s Medal of Honor and Bronze Good Citizenship Medal; and the Sons of the American Revolution’s Silver Good Citizenship Medal.

Meet the Intern: Kaitlin Murphy


 Kaitlin Murphy is one of the newest interns to join the Hudson River Valley Institute team. She is a bright senior, Marist College student, who is pursuing a double concentration in secondary education and history. She is also working towards fulfilling a communication minor in the concentration of radio, TV, and film. Kaitlin is a hard-working, motivated student, whose academic abilities can easily be seen her list of accomplishments; she has been named on the Marist College’s Dean List six consecutive semesters. Additionally, she is an inducted member of the national honor societies Phi Alpha Theta and Alpha Chi. She is also the president of Marist College’s chapter of the national, educational honor society: Kappa Delta Pi.

            Outside of school, Kaitlin’s interests include an array of hobbies from scrapbooking, to working out, to creating short films. However, many of her pastimes center on cheerleading. Kaitlin’s love for cheerleading began when she was in fourth grade, when she first cheered for the Pop Warner team, the New City Rams. Since then, Kaitlin has gone on to cheer for Clarkstown High School South, Rockland Rebels All-Stars, Cheer Mania All-Stars, and Marist College. Throughout this experience, she became a talent cheerleader with strong leadership, tumbling, and stunting skills. However, over the last year, Kaitlin has transformed from a skillful cheerleader into an efficient cheerleading coach. Kaitlin now spends much of her leisure time volunteering to help cheerleading teams rebuild their programs. For example, Kaitlin is currently a volunteer coach for the Poughkeepsie High School cheerleading team, where is working towards helping the head coach construct a well-organized program for her team.

            Upon graduation, Kaitlin plans on becoming a secondary education, social studies teacher. This is a dream she has possessed since she was a little, elementary school girl; she was the seven year old who’s imagination allowed her to transform her toy room into a small replica of a classroom. Every day after school, she went home to teach her own class of students filled with teddy bears and Barbie dolls. This passion for teaching has only continued to grow for Kaitlin. Nowadays, she wants to become a teacher in order to improve the lives of students through education. Her goal is help her students develop a passion for learning about history, while helping prepare them for their futures.

            Kaitlin has decided to become a part of Hudson River Valley Institute team because she believes it will help her become a better teacher in the future. Not only will this internship help her sharpen needed reading and writing skills, but it will also allow her to gain a valuable knowledge about the Hudson River Valley. Since Kaitlin has lived her entire life in this area, specifically in Rockland County, she wants to teach in the Hudson River Valley. She believes that a key to sparking her future students’ interest in history is by helping them discover the important historical events that happen in their community and in their surrounding communities. Kaitlin trusts that this internship will her help develop into a more knowledgeable and confident educator.

Meet the Intern: James Kennedy



 Being raised in West Point, NY, James Kennedy has always experienced the history of the Hudson River Valley throughout his life. He graduated from James I O’Neill High School in June of 2010 with a regent’s diploma and moved to Wallkill, NY shortly after graduation. After taking courses at Dutchess community College for one year, he decided to transfer to Marist College. He is currently studying history at Marist College and trying to pursue a minor in psychology. While studying at Marist College, Mr. Kennedy has been involved with the Marist Veterans Organization and Army ROTC in which he received an Army ROTC scholarship with full benefits.  During his junior year at Marist College, Mr. Kennedy decided to conduct an internship with Hudson River Valley Institute.  After graduation, he will pursue his education in history and focus on establishing a civilian career as a teacher or law enforcement officer. Also, Mr. Kennedy will be commissioned as a second   lieutenant   in the United States Army upon receiving his bachelors’ degree from Marist College.

     Whenever Mr. Kennedy has limited free time due to several reasons such as school or the United States Army, there are lots of hobbies he loves to do. For example, Hanging out with friends or going to gym is his favorite things to do. He likes to go out and socialize with friends whenever possible.  Also, going to the gym and strong physical body core is very important. He wants to work out every day and tries to focus on working out at least two hours every day. He wants to have big arms and chest and understands the only way to get that is working out at the gym. However life is not about working out, it’s about having fun. Mr. Kennedy will do anything to accomplish this and wants to experience life to the fullest.

        In the future, Mr. Kennedy wants to be a cop and maintain a career in the United States Army. The ultimate goal for him is to become a State Trooper or federal police officer while becoming a full bird Colonel in the Army National Guard.  He wants to serve the people of the United States and help protect his community.  However, Mr. Kennedy also understands education is very important and wants to pursue a Master’s Degree in history.  Besides work and the military, he hopes to have a family with two children. Overall, He is ready to be a leader in life and take on the daily challenges that comes with that.