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Eli Hasbrouck Part II

The following year, Eli appeared in various publications directly related to his cultivation of grapes. He grew what he called the Anna Grape in his garden. It was prized as a variety because it was free from rot. Eli was drawn to the grape because of it color. A.J. Downing thought highly of it. It was said about [...]

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Eli Hasbrouck Part I

When people visit Washington’s Headquarters in Newburgh, New York  they are also visiting a Hasbrouck house. This home and farm, from the 18th century to the mid -19th century, belonged to the Hasbrouck Family until New York State acquired it. The home would become the first historic site of it kind in 1850. Some of what we know about [...]

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An American Paradox: “Enslavement on the Hudson”

HYDE PARK, NY — The Franklin D. Roosevelt Presidential Library and Museum and the Mid-Hudson Antislavery History Project — in commemoration of African American History Month — will present ”An American Paradox: Enslavement on the Hudson” with Associate Director of Content Development at Historic Hudson Valley Michael A. Lord on Thursday, February 2, 2017. The program will begin at [...]

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“The History of the Hudson River Valley: From Wilderness to the Civil War”

As historian Vernon Benjamin chronicles, the Hudson River Valley has been a place of contradictions since its first settlement by Europeans. Discovered by an Englishman who claimed it for the Dutch, the region soon became home to the most vibrant trading outpost for the New World colonies―the Island of Manhattan―even as the rest of the [...]

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Gilded Age Tea & Talk Series

Staatsburg, N.Y., January 3, 2017) – This winter, Staatsburgh State Historic Site, the former Hudson River estate of Ogden Mills and Ruth Livingston Mills, will offer an elegant and entertaining refuge from the cold by presenting its third Gilded Age Tea & Talkseries of programs. The series this winter features a new lineup of speakers [...]

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A DAY OF WOMEN IN TECH 

HYDE PARK, NY — Saturday, January 28, 2017, from 10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m., the Franklin D. Roosevelt Presidential Library and Museum, Hudson Valley Tech Meetup and AT&T will present A DAY OF WOMEN IN TECH in the Henry A. Wallace Center at the FDR Presidential Library and Home. This program is a celebration and showcase of [...]

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Eleanor Roosevelt and her love of Christmas

Eleanor Roosevelt with her daughter Anna and grandchildren

There are many facts about Eleanor Roosevelt that everyone knows. She was our longest serving First Lady, a UN diplomat, a Civil Rights activist, a writer, and a champion for all people in need everywhere. But one fact that we might not consider when thinking of Eleanor Roosevelt is that she loved Christmas! This time [...]

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2016 Annual Candlelight Tour

This year’s Candlelight Tour, sponsored by the Historical Society of Newburgh Bay and the Highlands, is getting ready for its big day this coming December, with interesting and historic houses on board for viewing by the public. As usual, the tour will commence with the beautiful historic headquarters of the Historical Society, the Captain David [...]

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CIA Operations Officer discusses the American Revolution

View of the Hudson from Plum Point in New Windsor, once location of Thomas Machin’s Battery of Twelve Guns to support river defense obstructions. Photo by Brian Wolfe.

According to George Washington during wartime, “there is nothing more necessary than good intelligence to frustrate a designing enemy.” This quote is widely referenced among historians discussing U.S. intelligence activities, including Kenneth A. Daigler in his book, “Spies, Patriots and Traitors.” During a special presentation on September 27 at 7 p.m. sponsored by the Friends [...]

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Find Your Park in Hyde Park

On August 25th 1916 President Woodrow Wilson signed a bill creating an official agency that would “conserve the scenery and the natural and historic objects and the wild life therein and to provide for the enjoyment of the same in such manner and by such means as will leave them unimpaired for future generations.” This [...]

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