It is hard to imagine anyone associating George Washington with un-American activities, but our lead article reveals that some expressed just such a sentiment toward the Washington Benevolent Society during the War of 1812. The cover article, on the Springside estate of Matthew Vassar, rounds out the noteworthy presentations from our 2015 symposium dedicated to the legacy of Andrew Jackson Downing, the founding figure of American landscape architecture characterized by art scholar Morrison Heckscher as “endlessly fascinating [and] charismatic.” We want to thank Mr. Heckscher for his commentary throughout the symposium, and to recognize J. Winthrop Aldrich for his witty and inspired concluding remarks, especially his parting wisdom regarding historic preservation: “Be on the alert to say what needs to be said and do what needs to be done.”
What are the lessons and circumstances that shape an individual’s ambition and actions? The article on Franklin Delano Roosevelt’s Hyde Park upbringing and our adapted Cunneen-Hackett lecture on General Jacob L. Devers provide answers to this question as it relates to these two men who influenced international events and relations. And in addition to our regular Regional History Forums and book reviews, the issue introduces a new, occasional feature called “Personal Reflection.” This first installment focuses on the beginnings of the Hudson River Valley Greenway.
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THE HUDSON RIVER VALLEY REVIEW
Vol. 34, No.1, Autumn 2017
The Delinquency of George Holcomb: Civil Disobedience in the Upper Hudson River Valley, 1812, Jennifer Hull Dorsey
Saving Springside: Preserving Andrew Jackson Downing’s Last Landscape, Harvey K. Flad
“Thy Servant Franklin”: How the Hudson River Valley Shaped the Faith of Franklin D. Roosevelt, Durahn Taylor
2016 Cunneen-Hackett Lecture
From the Hudson to the Rhine: The Life and Service of General Jacob L. Devers, James Scott Wheeler
A Hudson River Valley Greenway, Barnabas McHenry
Regional History Forum
Beverwyck Manor, Charles Semowich
Washington’s Headquarters at Newburgh, New York: Then and Now, Bernadette J. Hogan
Plus: Book Reviews and New and Noteworthy titles received