The Hudson River Valley Review Autumn 2013 issue
The Hudson River Valley has an illustrious but ironic past. It was the key to our young nation’s fight for independence, yet as a region it has never achieved independence from the political and economic influences that surround it. Our first two articles examine the role that the region played during and after the Revolutionary War in encapsulating and disseminating a national consciousness. The third article looks at how the valley was later shaped, both physically and economically, by the business interests of out-of-state corporations and New York City investors. We present a case study in how historical research can solve centuries-old mysteries in our Notes and Documents, then visit the Madam Brett Homestead, the group camps of the Palisades Interstate Park, and revisit the founding and legacy of Scenic Hudson in our Regional History Forum. Teaching the Hudson River Valley features an adapted panel conversation on teaching future teachers about our state’s history. In other words, it’s a full issue.
You can preview the issue, read the contributors’ notes, Book Reviews, and New and Noteworthy Books online at: http://www.hudsonrivervalley.org/review/.
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Articles in the Autumn 2013 issue:
The American Revolution Remembered in the Hudson River Valley, David Schuyler
“The Unfortunate Major André”: Washington Irving’s Original Ichabod Crane, Terry W. Thompson
The Tontine Coffee House and the Corporate Culture of the D&H Canal, Stephen Skye
Notes & Documents
“Henry Kneeland one of Bergoines troops & defected from Winterhill,” Michael S. McGurty
Regional History Forum
“Care Enough to Take Some Action”: Storm King, Scenic Hudson, and the Local
Citizens Who Saved a Mountain and Started a Movement, 1963-2013
Madam Brett: Her Legacy and Her Homestead
A Brief Photo History of Group Camping and Nature Study in Palisades Interstate
Park, Edwin McGowan
Teaching the Hudson River Valley
Teaching New York State History
PLUS : Regional Writing, Book Reviews, and New & Noteworthy
Historic Halloween Happenings in the Hudson Valley
The Hudson Valley is a prime location for some of the spookiest and most terrifying Halloween events due to its plethora of historic homes, grave yards, and towns. The Hudson River Valley provides both adults and children with fun and exciting activities to participate in during the Halloween season. From tours by candlelight, haunted hayrides, and storytelling, there is something that appeals to each person to get them into the Halloween spirit. Listed below are some of the most notable historical Halloween events taking place this upcoming weekend and next week to provide adults and children with fear and fun this Halloween season.
Sleepy Hollow Cemetery Tours: Classic Lantern Tour: Enter a vampire crypt, the graves of Washington Irving, Andrew Carnegie and William Rockefeller, as well as revolutionary militia. Being guided by lanterns, the tours provide the perfect balance of fear and intrigue that surrounds these gravesites. People witness the winding roads and huge monuments at dusk giving each the opportunity to explore the past. Purchase tickets at www.sleepyhollowcemetery.org. Tours take place through November.
Horseman’s Hollow: Explore the 300 year old Phillipsburg mansion that transforms into a place full of vampire, witches, undead soldiers, ghouls and ghost, all who are serving the Headless Horseman. A walk through the haunted trails proves to be one of the most terrifying exhibits in the Hudson Valley and it is noted that this event is not appropriate for children or those with any sort of heart condition due to his great fear factor. Tickets can be purchased in advanced for the timed tours through www.hudsonvalley.org and tours run October 25-27 and November 1-2.
Irving’s Legend: The author of the famous story The Legend of Sleepy Hollow provides a perfect story to get everyone in the mood for Halloween. At the Old Dutch Church, there are performances that provide an adaptation of the classic tale from Washington Irving. The Show is 45 minutes in length and there are 4 performances a day, October 25-27 and November 1-2. Tickets can be purchased online at www.hudsonvalley.org. This event is a great way to get to know this classic and popular tale of Sleepy Hollow.
Croton – On – Hudson:
The Great Jack O’ Lantern Blaze: Located at the Historic Van Cortlandt Manor, guests walk through the 18th-century riverside landscape lined with over 5,000 individually hand-carved pumpkins. There are many different themes that the jacks o’ lanterns take on from the Tunnel O’ Pumpkin Love to the Undersea Aquarium. This is the perfect event for people of all ages and is a great way to not only explore the historic site, but get in the Halloween Spirit. Tickets must be purchased in advance by going to www.hudsonvalley.org/events/blaze, and dates are October 24-31, November 1-3, and November 8-11.
Jay’s Ghoul “House of Curiosities”: Located at the Lyndhurst Mansion, the show introduces the crazy family and servants who were original to the home. The tours are guided through the house decorated by the scary servants and visitors will also be able to view the spectacular dining room that will be ready for the Halloween dinner. The event is a timed entry and tickets can be purchased online at http://www.showclix.com/event/jay_ghoul or by phone at 888-71-TICKETS. There are multiple dates from October 18-November 3and this event is good for children and adults of all ages!
“The Legend behind the Legend”: Guided tours through Washington Irving’s Sunnyside home showcase many items from Irving’s famous work The Legend of Sleepy Hollow. There is a walk through the woods and a tour of the home and there is a puppet show for the younger visitors on the weekends. This is recommended for children and adults of all ages and tours typically begin at 10:30am Wednesdays- Sundays in October. Tickets can be purchased online at http://www.hudsonvalley.org/events/legend-behind-legend.
The Ghosts of Tarrytown: Visitors get to tour the communities of Tarrytown and Sleepy Hollow. Tours go through many sections of the two Historic towns and get to see the historic parks, historic sites, and building and get a look into the “ghostly” pasts of the residents. The tour dates are listed on http://www.thehistoricalsociety.net/events/tours-ghosts-of-tarryhollow/ and advance reservations are required. Tours begin from Patriots Park!
Bear Mountain- “Boo at the Zoo”: Bear Mountain Park had the perfect not-so-spooky Halloween fun for the family with spooky snacks, animal skills, and zoo exhibits decorated for Halloween. This event is especially good for younger kids to have a fun Halloween adventure with animals. More information can be found on their website at http://www.nysparks.com/events or at phone number 845-786-2701 ext. 293.
Clermont: Clermont State Historic Site
Legends by Candlelight Ghost Tours: Meet the ghosts of Clermont’s history and see the mansion at its creepiest, as a perfect way to get in the Halloween spirit. Tours view a 1921 Halloween party and get to see all the ghosts from the mansions 250 year history. All the stories are true, though funny and sometimes scary! After the tour, visitors can sit by a campfire with activities as a very unique and fun Halloween event! Tours are recommended for ages 7 and up and take place every half hour from the mansion, starting at 6pm and ending at 9pm. The last event is this Saturday, October 26th! Call 518-537-4240 to buy tickets! They must be purchased in advance.
Lantern Tour of Fort Montgomery: Explore the Fort Montgomery ruins and hear dramatic tales of the battles from October 1777. Re-enactors depict many of the dramatic history scenes and are a great way to not only explore the history, but to also take in the beautiful fall weather. The tour is on Saturday, October 26, one at 6:30pm and 7:30 pm and the tours leave from the Fort Montgomery Visitors Center. Reservations are requires by calling 845-446-2134. http://nysparks.com/events/event.aspx?e=28-7761.0
Haunted Huguenot Street: One of the oldest and most mysterious streets in the United States provides the perfect place for people to get excited for Halloween. With haunted scavenger hunts for kids and themed crafts, refreshments and prizes, there is something for all ages! The event for kids is Saturday, October 26th from 2:00pm-4:00pm. For more information go to http://www.huguenotstreet.org/about_us/calendar.php!
St. James Episcopal Church: Graveyard Tours: What better way to get scared then to view the historical resting places of many important historical figures. At St. James Episcopal Church in Hyde Park, visitors get to tour the graveyards with six new historical figures this year! There is great history to be uncovered here at the graveyard and tours are led by candlelight to get the perfect spooky feeling! For more information or tickets go to http://www.stjameshistoricgraveyardtours.com/!
The Hudson River Valley is one of the best places for adults and children of all ages to get ready for the Halloween season. With all the historic sites, homes, and parks, there is something for everyone to do. Some are more scary and thrilling then others, but these are just a few of many events that are happening in the areas this weekend and next weekend! Below are some more Halloween and fall themed events happening in the area. Enjoy and Happy Halloween!
-Kaitlyn Walsh, Marist ‘14
“The Great North River of New Netherland”
The Hudson River and Dutch Colonization
This past Thursday evening, Marist College’s Hudson River Valley Institute hosted its 2nd Annual Handel-Krom Lecture. This year, Marist asked Dr. Jaap Jacobs, historian and lecturer on the Dutch influence in New Netherland and currently teaching at the University of St. Andrews in Scotland, to present on the “Great River” and Dutch Colonization in New Netherland. Dr. Jacobs has written several books, his most recent and the focus of the lecture, is The Colony of New Netherland: A Dutch Settlement in Seventeenth-Century America. Dr. Jacobs is currently working on a biography on Petrus Stuyvesant.
His lecture, entitled, “The Great North River of New Netherland,” analyzed the Dutch perspective of the extremely important Hudson River. Dr. Jacobs described the importance of the North River to the Dutch. He goes into depth about the North River, known today as the Hudson River, being in the most prime location for trade to the interior of New Netherlands. New Netherland had an anthropocentric worldview, meaning that human beings are the center of the world and the most important aspect of creation, which Dr. Jacobs connects to the importance of the North River in transport, trade and expansion.
Dr. Jacobs also focused on the similarities and differences between the New World of New Netherland and the Old World of Europe. He indicated that much of the New Netherland culture was based on Dutch culture and ideas from the Old World. Also the land surrounding the Hudson River was much like the land in the Old World, especially based on its uses for the area. In the 17th century, the Dutch culture was shaped by water and its uses. It created canals as a network for travel and trade, exactly what the Hudson River is used for as well. Also there was an incredible infiltration of Old World technologies such as mill power and saw blades, all which were imported by the Dutch and used all over the Hudson River Valley. These ideas confirm the expectations of that Old World Europe fueled the perceptions of the New World especially with the water-centered thought.
This lecture provided an overview of the significance of the Hudson River on the surrounding land, as well as the Dutch influence in New Netherland. The Dutch, especially in the 17th century, were extremely progressive with their use of the surrounding waters and the technology that they brought to New Netherland. From a historical perspective, it is interesting to view the Dutch in this light, because typically when looking at the beginning of the colonies, the British were seen as the most progressive, establishing the colonies, and providing influence in the newly colonized land. However, the Dutch, especially in New Netherland, according to Dr. Jacobs, can be seen as more progressive than the British, proving to be highly influential to the surrounding area then and is still critical in present day society.
– Kaitlyn Walsh, Marist ’14
Below are some websites dedicated to Dr. Jacobs’s works, as well as further information on the Dutch influence in New Netherland.
Finding New Amsterdam (video): http://www.broadsidethefilm.com/places.php
Excerpt: The Colony of New Netherland: A Dutch Colony in Seventeenth-Century America http://www.h-net.org/reviews/showrev.php?id=12029
Book Review: The Colony of New Netherland: A Dutch Colony in Seventeenth Century America http://www.jstor.org/discover/10.2307/23185850
Dutch Influences in New Netherland:
Hi all! My name is Kaitlyn Walsh and I am a new intern here at the Hudson River Valley Institute. I am currently a senior at Marist College, majoring in history and secondary education with a minor in psychology. I am from Commack, New York, a town in Suffolk County, Long Island.
Though it is tough to have free time as a senior in college, in my off time I enjoy spending time with friends and going on adventures to new places. My favorite place, since coming to college, has been the Vanderbilt Mansion, where friends and I picnic and enjoy the outdoors together. I also enjoy reading and watching a lot of television. I spent most of my summer watching new television shows that I never had the opportunity of watching when they were popular. Though my all-time favorite show is The Office, I watched LOST and How I Met Your Mother and they quickly became some of my other favorites. At school, I balance my free time working for the Office of College Activities on campus as a Shift Manager, as well as being a part of clubs on campus. At this office, I have met some of my best friends here at Marist College and have learned so much about what goes on behind the scenes to get the students involved on and off campus.
I am incredibly happy that I am able to intern at the Hudson River Valley Institute this semester and gain new exposure to history that I have not yet come encountered with. My hope is that I will gain more knowledge and understanding of the place that I have called my home away from home for the past three years and will be able to explore new sites in the Hudson River Valley. I also hope that I will gain further writing and researching skills that will help me in my future endeavors when I move on to graduate school and beyond. After college, my dream is to teach middle school social studies in a low income area on the East Coast. Currently, I am applying for the program Teach for America in hopes to gain more experience with students who are need a great education and a role model to move forward with their lives. I believe that every morning, going to work, I should be excited and eager to help and change these students’ lives and to make an impact on the person they are and the person that they wish to become.