On Sunday, April 12 at 2 pm, at the museum, Cory Hines will present “Black Art: the History of Charcoal Making on Mt. Washington and in Copake Falls”. Cory spearheaded the Mount Washington Charcoal Project and Exhibit shown this past summer at the Copake Iron Works in Taconic State Park.
In May, local historian and author, Howard Blue, will present Part II of his PowerPoint program on Copake’s History at the Roe Jan Historical Society in Copake Falls on Sunday, May 18 at 2 pm.
In the past, Blue has interviewed a variety of literary and political figures including Sergei Khrushchev, son of the former Soviet Prime Minister, and two Nobel Prize winners. He has also done public speaking in Britain, Canada, the Soviet Union and throughout the U. S. and he has been interviewed on radio or TV stations in Britain, the US and Puerto Rico. His book, WORDS AT WAR was the subject of a radio documentary produced in Germany. In the 1970s Blue produced a slideshow about a tiny village in the Rhineland in Germany and several years ago in Hudson he produced a dramatic program on the theme of his book.
Blue’s Copake History program is based in part on interviews of local residents from whose family albums he was allowed to copy old photos. Among the topics in Blue’s new presentation are the Mohican Indians (the town’s and county’s first settlers) and the origin of Copake’s (and the Hudson Valley’s) stone walls. He will also discuss Copake’s Civil War era bond issue that helped buy out from the draft some of Copake’s young men, and the founding of the town’s churches and changes they have undergone. Finally he will talk about Copake’s early sports activities & venues including Copake Falls’ Holsapple baseball field, and the town’s summer camps. You can see some of Blue’s stories and slides on the “Copake History” Facebook page.
The presentations of Part I of Blue’s program were seen by standing room only crowds at the Roe Jan library. So persons planning to attend the May 18th presentation should come early to be guaranteed a seat.