Denise VanBuren to receive Martha Washington Woman of History Award

When Denise Doring VanBuren speaks about how a restored Tower of Victory at Washington’s Headquarters could bring the same kind of tourism to the Newburgh area that the Walkway over the Hudson has…


Douglas Brinkley to talk about FDR as a conservationist in Hyde Park

If you’ve ever visited Lake Taghkanic in Columbia County, you may have noticed the groves of stately pines, planted in orderly rows. They’re the work of the Civilian Conservation Corps (CCC), a work-relief…


Do it for Daisy: Wilderstein needs volunteers

When Evan Quimby began volunteering as a docent at the Wilderstein Historic Site, it was kind of a retirement thing where she had some time on her hands and the desire to give…


Iced over: Crossing the Hudson in winter before the bridges were built

Though small in stature, Lloyd Plass took big risks – risks in business, with his own safety and, most assuredly, with the safety of others. During the 1920s, Plass, a Highland resident, came…


Piecing together the past: Free slide talks on historical quilts 
at FDR site and Vassar

Two events in our area this week train fascinating spotlights on the role of quilts in American culture. Once relegated to the dubious, dusty closet of “folk art,” quilts have been enjoying a…


Todd Brewster discusses Lincoln’s Gamble at Hudson Opera House

Think that you got the gist of the struggle of America’s 16th president to get the emancipation of slaves written into law in the 2012 Steven Spielberg movie Lincoln, based on Doris Kearns…

"I enclose two copies of prints enlarged from a Kodak, showing me at the helm of the ice yacht Hawk," FDR wrote. "I suggest that you have this framed and hung on the wall over the spars. It can be labeled 'FDR at helm of ice yacht Hawk off Roosevelt Point, 1905'." Photo courtesy of the Franklin D. Roosevelt Presidential Library and Museum, Hyde Park.

Learn more about the Hudson Valley’s illustrious history of iceboating

For some iceboating enthusiasts, it’s about the adrenaline rush: the exhilaration of being propelled across a sheet of ice at up to five times the speed of the wind, cold air whipping at…


Beacon’s Towne Crier hosts concert for new American Center for Folk Music

The City of Beacon has been a hotbed of folk music agitation since the founding in the early 20th century of the University Settlement Camp at the foot of Mount Beacon. That’s where,…

Franklin D. Roosevelt at a picnic on "Sunset Hill" near Pine Plains. Fala is four months old. The doll next to the president is a handmade Shaker doll made by Mary Garettson of Rhinebeck. (Franklin D. Roosevelt Presidential Library & Museum)

FDR’s speeches now available online

We’ve just passed the 74th anniversary of the Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor, the catastrophe that finally got the US involved in World War II after a period of isolationism. It was also…

Woodstock town historian Richard Heppner (Dion Ogust | Almanac Weekly)

Plumbing the depths in Richard Heppner’s Woodstock – Everyday History

Richard Heppner has what you’d call a passion for history – specifically local history: the common events and gathered lore that make up a sense of place. In our time, a sense of…

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