Fifth Annual Handel-Krom Lecture in Hudson River Valley History
“Mob Men” and Wappinger Warriors: Revisiting the Battle for Dutchess County, 1766
Dr. James H. Merrell is the Lucy Maynard Salmon Professor of History at Vassar College. His preeminent works are Into the American Woods: Negotiators on the Pennsylvania Frontier (W.W. Norton, 1999) and The Indians’ New World: Catawbas and Their Neighbors from European Contact through the Era of Removal (University of North Carolina Press, 1989). His current book project focuses on Native-American and colonial American land battles in the Mid-Hudson Valley during the late colonial era. Dr. Merrell was a finalist for the Pulitzer Prize in 1990 and a two-time winner of the Bancroft Prize for his works in early American history.
The Handel-Krom Lecture Series in Hudson River Valley History was established through the generosity of community leaders Bernard and Shirley Handel and Lieutenant Colonel Gilbert A. Krom, US Army, Retired to promote knowledge and appreciation for the rich history of this unique and important region of America.
My name is Sarah Galante and I am a resident of Beacon, New York. I have lived here my whole life and enjoy taking in the beauty of the Hudson River Valley. I am a graduate of the Our Lady of Lourdes Class of 2015, located in Poughkeepsie, New York. In addition, I graduated as a member of the National Honor Society. As of right now I am going into my sophomore year at Marist College. I am a Psychology/ Special Education major with a minor in music. In regards to campus activates, I am a member of the National Society of Leadership and S
uccess, the Marist College band, Dance Ensemble, and Teachers of Tomorrow. Starting over the past summer, I have been working at the Hudson River Valley Institute on a variety of projects as well as keeping social media up to date for the institute.
In my free time I like to dance, play my flute or piano, or read. Since the age of five, I have been studying at Yanarella School of Dance in Beacon. I have taken classes in tap, jazz, hip hop, modern, ballet, and an additional class called “Workshop”, which is a class for advanced students who take the core classes such as ballet, tap, and jazz. This is a class constructed around the interests of the students where they can pick the songs and dance styles that they prefer. I also competed with my dance studio for two years at the annual National Association of Dance and Affiliated Arts (NADAA) Competition. Aside from dancing, I have been playing the flute since the age of eight and I am continuing my studies through college. Throughout high school, I played in the Wind Ensemble band which, is the honors level band, and was a section leader for two years. In addition, I also was a member of the orchestra which accompanied the cast of the Our Lady of Lourdes Theatre Company in their spring musical productions. In the past year, I have started to teach myself piano using basic information books and online tutorials.
After college, I plan to start teaching elementary students, either third or fourth grade. I will also continue on to get my Masters in Education and a Masters in Music Education at some point. My ultimate goal when applying to college was to go straight into a music program and only be certified to teach music. However, after seeing how cut throat the music world was, I decided that it would be best to teach general education in the meantime.