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The Autumn 2015 issue of The Hudson River Valley Review


Contact: Andrew Villani, (845) 575 – 3052,

Autumn 2015, Volume 32, Issue 1

Autumn 2015, Volume 32, Issue 1

The Hudson River Valley Review Autumn 2015 issue

Out now!

This eye-opening issue reminds us how much has changed in the last century: D. W. Griffith’s propagandist Birth of a Nation was released to commercial success in 1915; that same year, women lost their second attempt to win the right to vote in New York, and while not without their benefits, industrialization and urbanization were upsetting traditional rural livelihood and communities. However, our region has long been home to social reformers and freedom seekers. Two women who divided their time between Dutchess County and New York City sought to affect positive change in both locations. Our cover article recounts the role Eleanor Roosevelt tried to play in improving the lives of young farmers via the establishment of Val-Kill Industries. The next may introduce readers to Margaret Chanler Aldrich and her commitment to achieving women’s suf­frage. Also inside you’ll find intriguing stories that shed welcome light on Catskill’s role in the Great Migration, the enduring legacy of Troy’s Great Fire of 1862, and the remains of a Revolutionary-era warship, along with book reviews and even a poem.

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The Hudson River Valley Institute at Marist College is the center for the study and promotion of the Hudson River Valley, providing information about the region’s history, culture, economy, and environment, and educational resources to teachers, students, and others through, public programming, and The Hudson River Valley Review. This biannual journal covers all aspects of regional history. All articles in The Hudson River Valley Review undergo peer analysis.

Articles in the Autumn 2015 issue:

Eleanor Roosevelt’s “Unexpected Pleasure” in Business Ownership: Her Role in Val-Kill Industries, Cynthia Krom

City and Country: Margaret Chanler Aldrich and the Space In-Between,
Lauren C. Santangelo

Warrenton to Catskill: A Story of The Great Migration,
Ted Hilscher

Notes and Documents

“The Air was Full of Smoke and Cinders”—Troy’s Great Fire of 1862,
Stacy Pomeroy Draper

Finding the Remains of the Lady Washington: A Continental Army Warship Lost in the Hudson, Alexander Ryan

Regional History Forum:

Rescuing Boscobel, Emily Hope Lombardo


Regional Writing, New & Noteworthy titles, and full book reviews

Lincoln, Politics, and the Press: The 1864 Election in New York

Harold Holzer to speak at the Handel-Krom Lecture in Hudson River Valley History

(Poughkeepsie, Oct. 15, 2015) – The Hudson River Valley Institute will welcome Harold Holzer at its fourth annual Handel-Krom Lecture in Hudson River Valley History. Holzer is the chairman of the Abraham Lincoln Bicentennial Foundation, former Senior Vice President for Public Affairs at The Metropolitan Museum of Art, and expert on Abraham Lincoln and the Civil War era. The Lecture will take place on Thursday, October 15 at 7:00pm in the Nelly Goletti Theatre at Marist College after which a book signing will follow.

Harold Holzer

Holzer has served as author, co-author, or editor of fifty books on Abraham Lincoln and the Civil War period. In addition, he has written over 500 articles, published fifteen monographs, and contributed more than fifty other chapters and prefaces to various other pieces. His most recent works are President Lincoln Assassinated!! (2015) and Lincoln and the Power of the Press: The War for Public Opinion (2014), which received both the Gilder Lehrman Lincoln Prize and the Mark Lynton History Prize.

He has also received a number of other awards. Among them are prizes from the Freedom Foundation, the Manuscript Society of America, the Illinois State Historical Society, and a second-place Lincoln Prize for Lincoln at Cooper Union. He has earned further recognition in lifetime achievement awards from the Lincoln Groups of New York, Washington, Peekskill, Kansas City, and Detroit. Additionally, he has earned honorary degrees from nine different colleges and universities. Holzer was also honored with the National Humanities Medal in 2008 by President George W. Bush.

Holzer is a frequent lecturer across the nation, including such venues as the White House, the Library of Congress, and Ford’s Theatre. He also has contributed to broadcasts on the History Channel and C-SPAN as well as commentated on CBS, PBS, NBC, MSNBC, CNN, and the BBC.

The Handel-Krom Lecture Series in Hudson River Valley History was established through the dedicated effort and generosity of Bernard and Shirley Handel and LTC Gilbert A. Krom, U.S. Army, Retired, to encourage a knowledge and appreciation of the vibrant history of the Hudson River Valley as a vital region of America.

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