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Upcoming events for July


The Hudson River Valley rarely ceases to amaze. This summer it continues to offer many exciting events for all to attend. From art exhibitions to museum visits, and even day camps for youngsters, the Valley is ensuring that this is going to be a summer to remember. Some of the following are specific events and activities that are happening this July in the local area:

Summer Day Camp

            Starting around July 1st, children ages 4 to 15 can enjoy an incredible experience in their local community. Recreational Day Camp is being offered by the Frost Valley YMCA with great counselors and available bus transportation from select locations. With affordable costs and a convenient location, this day camp is sure to bring in numerous youngster who are hoping to make this summer memorable. Numerous adventures and outdoor fun awaits! Contact info and event details can be found by clicking on the included link.

Iroquois Art

            Available throughout the summer is an incredible new art exhibit in the Iroquois Indian Museum located in Howes Cave, NY. The Museum is offering the “Standing in Two Worlds: Iroquois in 2014”. This new exhibit is a modern look at the history of the Iroquois, primarily focusing on available art work. The artwork explores issues such as environmental issues, the impact of national events on the community and how tradition has been sculpted through this new digital age. Already representing the most comprehensive look at Iroquois art, this new contemporary exhibit will surely bring in many history lovers and art enthusiasts alike.

Organic Photography

Those with a passion for art will find some outstanding artwork on display at The Moviehouse in Millerton, NY. Now through July 16th, a free photography exhibit will be shown that features emotionally moving and inspiring works of art by Francesco Mastalia. In his work, Mastalia explores the Hudson Valley in order to see and document over 100 different farmers and chefs in a trek that nearly surpassed 17,000 miles. The images offered also include short personal narratives concerning each subject and focus on specific farmers and chefs from the immediate Millerton area. A special food tasting from these local farmers and chefs will also be provided, ensuring visitors will have an absolutely phenomenal time.

Raj at Olana

            Olana is one of the most well know site in the Hudson Valley. This summer is continues to offer exciting programs, specifically in its Persian- style mansion. The mansion will usher in a new Exhibit entitled “All the Raj”. The show will center on the relationship of Lockwood de Forest and the Church. The artist was well known for his work as a designer and decorator and provided Indian designs that were extremely elegant. For a change of pace and a look into some historical paintings, sketching and decorations, Olana may be the perfect site for you.

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 – Robert Carreira, Marist ’15

NYS History Conference is a Success!

NYS History Conference is a Success!

We are so thankful to have been given the opportunity to host this years’ NYS History Conference! We would like to send a special thank you to all of our presenters, visitors, and NYSHA for all they have done to put this together! We hope to see you all again next year!

Also, if you missed “A Conversation with Ken Burns,” you can click on the picture to see some of the highlights from his upcoming documentary “The Roosevelts: An Intimate History.”

Check out our feature in the Times-Herald Record! Thank you, Barbara!

Straight from the Times-Herald Record, check out Barbara Bedell’s short feature of the Hudson River Valley Review in her “This and That” section!!

“The spring edition of the Hudson River Valley Review, a Journal of Regional Studies, is out and features the Dutch settling in the region. As a subscriber, I have always found the journal to be filled with good writing and lots of information. There’s so much to absorb. It’s available in many bookstores for $15 a copy. Consider a subscription, one year or two. It’s a wonderful gift anytime and perfect for Father’s Day. For information, call 575-3052 or visit”

Thanks again, Barbara!!


Bring Your Appetites and We’ll See You There!



Libby Haight O’Connell will be a part of the NYS History Conference on Thursday, June 12th! Join her as she discusses meals and food technology from three diverse time periods! See how food connects us with those around us, those in the past, and even students within our classrooms! (Click on her picture to learn more!)

You won’t want to miss this! This event is free and open to the public. It will take place in the Nelly Goletti Theatre right here at Marist College in Poughkeepsie!

We’ll see you there!

Barnet Schecter: 2014 Cunneen-Hackett Lecture in Hudson River Valley History

The author will be selling/signing copies of this otherwise out-of-print work.

The author will be selling/signing copies of this out-of-print work.

Friday June 13, Barnet Schecter will present his lecture “Emancipation and Its Enemies: The Legacy of the Draft Riots after 1863” in the Marist Student Center’s Nelly Goletti Theatre at 7:00.

Barnet Schecter, an independent historian, is the author of George Washington’s America: A Biography Through His Maps, The Devil’s Own Work: The Civil War Draft Riots and the Fight to Reconstruct America and The Battle for New York: The City at the Heart of the American Revolution. A contributing editor of the three-volume Encyclopedia of the American Revolution and Landmarks of the American Revolution, he is also a contributor to the Encyclopedia of New York City, as well as other books on the Revolution and Civil War, including Lincoln and New York, and most recently 1863: Lincoln’s Pivotal Year. In addition to lecturing and leading tours, he has appeared in a variety of television documentaries.

Praise for The Devil’s Own Work: The Civil War Draft Riots and the Fight to Reconstruct America:

From Publishers Weekly

The 1863 draft riots in New York City, the bloodiest in the nation’s history, emerge as a microcosm of the convoluted and contradictory politics of the Civil War era in this absorbing study. Historian Schecter (The Battle for New York: The City at the Heart of the American Revolution) pens with a gripping account of the five days of rioting. But he also probes beneath the turmoil to examine the ethnic, religious and class conflicts that made the confrontation so explosive. The rioters, largely working-class Irish Catholics, vented their fury at a draft law that exempted those who could pay $300, at the city’s WASP Republican business elite and, inflamed by racist demagoguery, at African-Americans with whom they competed for low-wage jobs and status in America’s racial hierarchy.Schecter contends that these dynamics played out nationally in the gradual demise of Reconstruction, thus setting the stage for racial and labor conflict in the century to come. Copiously researched and highlighted with a wealth of period commentary, his lucid narrative colorfully recreates a historical watershed and offers a rich exploration of the Civil War’s unfinished business. 40 b&w photos, maps, not seen by PW. Copyright © Reed Business Information, a division of Reed Elsevier Inc. All rights reserved.


Coming Soon to the NYS History Conference!

Coming Soon to the NYS History Conference!

Jessica DuLong, author of “My River Chronicles: Rediscovering the Work that Built America” will be on the writing panel of the 2014 NYS History Conference alongside Tom Lewis, author of “Hudson: A History” and Christine Wade, author of “Seven Locks.”

Each author will be discussing the art of crafting stories, working with missing links in the historical record, and managing the virtues and vices of psychological speculation when developing characters.

Afterwords, you can meet these authors while they sign your book! Can you say awesome?!

There’s still time to register so don’t forget!
Click on the Photo to Register!

Meet the Author: Douglas Brinkey



Douglas Brinkley, author of “The Wilderness Warrior: Theodore Roosevelt and the Crusade for America,” will be speaking at the New York State History Conference on Saturday, June 14th right here at Marist College in Poughkeepsie, New York!

Brinkley’s lecture will focus on Franklin D. Roosevelt’s adventures in the Hudson Valley, but he will also speak on behalf of his upcoming novel out on July 29th, “The Nixon Tapes (1971-1972).” Afterwards, the Marist Bookstore will have copies of “The Wilderness Warrior” available to be signed by Brinkley himself!

There’s still time to register for the conference so don’t forget! Here’s the link –