Dutchess County History Conference

Date: May 7, 2011

co-sponsored by the History, Government & Economics Department, Dutchess Community College and the Institute of History, Archaeology, and Education

Date: May 7
Location: Greenspan Dining Room, Drumlin Building, Dutchess Community College
Cost: $20 (lunch included: mail check payable to IHARE to POB 41, Purchase, NY, 10577
Parking: Lot E
Campus Map:  http://www.sunydutchess.edu/aboutdcc/campusmap.html

Immerse yourself in the history of Dutchess County. Hear its story from the Ice Age to Global Warming. Learn about the people who over the centuries have made the county what it is today. Meet the people who are preserving that legacy and help us to continue to do so in the 21st century.

9:00 Welcome – D. David Conklin, President
Dutchess Community College [invited]

9:15 Students take a Trip in a Time Machine Back 7,000 Years
Stephanie Roberg-Lopez and Tom Lake
Dutchess Community College

Examine the legacy of the first human settlers in what would become Dutchess County. Explore the mysteries of Bowdoin Park. See what the students have uncovered as part of their archaeological training over the past decade. The discoveries of Native American culture dates to at least 7,000 years ago

Stephanie Roberg-Lopez is an Associate Professor in Behavioral Sciences at Dutchess Community College where she teaches Anthropology and Archaeology. She also does cultural resource management consulting throughout New York. She has a BA in Anthropology from Columbia University and an MA in Archaeology from Yale.  roberg@sunydutchess.edu

Tom Lake works for the New York State Department of Environmental Conservation’s Hudson River Estuary Program as its Estuary Naturalist, where he shadows eagles, teaches the ecology of the estuary, and edits the Hudson River Almanac, a natural history journal now in its 18th year. He is an Adjunct lecturer at Dutchess Community College.

10:15 It Really Is Our History:
Dutchess County And The American Civil War
Pete Bedrossian, National Purple Heart Hall of Honor,
New York State Office Parks Recreation and Historic Preservation

Everyone knows that the Civil War occurred in the South – that’s where all the National Park Services sites are located excepted for Gettysburg! But it was the people from the North who fought in those battles and marched in those campaigns and no state contributed more than New York State. Units tended to be based on communities and the soldiers from Dutchess County were no exception to this practice. Come here the story of the 150th New York, the Dutchess County regiment.

Peter Bedrossian has studied the Civil War for 20 years as a Civil War Living Historian and re enactor. He is the military commander of the 150th New York, which is an education association chartered by the Board of Regents. His areas of focus are the 150th New York, “the Dutchess County Regiment” and Civil War Medicine and Surgery. He has made presentations at Gettysburg National Battlefield Park, the Antietam National Battlefield Park, St. Paul’s National Historic Site, local libraries and historical societies as well as providing school programs throughout the region. When not in the 19th century, he preserves our history as Program Director at the National Purple Heart Hall of Honor.

11:15 The Home Front at Roosevelt’s Home Town
Carney Rhinevault, Hyde Park Town Historian

The Home Front at Roosevelt’s Home Town tells an almost entirely forgotten story in wonderful, personal detail: the myriad ways in which people in small town America coped with the challenges, hardships and inconveniences of world war and threw themselves – every man, woman and child of them – into the effort of winning the war by means of civic enterprise. A selection of chapter titles spells it out – “airplane spotters,” “blackout drills and civil defense,” home front industries,” “rationing and shortages,” “victory gardens”, “recycling.” This book presents Anytown USA in wartime. It also tells us about the lifelong home town that was much loved by the Commander-in-Chief. The Roosevelts pass in and out of the narrative with sufficient frequency to add celebrity flavor and worldwide resonance to the initiatives and privations of his “friends and neighbors.”

Carney Rhinevault is the Hyde Park Town Historian, a position once held by FDR. Rhinevault discovered a previously unpublished account of daily doings in Hyde Park and Staatsburg during eighteen months in the middle of World War II written by a career newspaper reporter Helen Myers.

12:15   Lunch

1:15     Preserving the Past in Dutchess County

Saving the Fishkill Supply Depot:
A Call to Action
Lance Ashworth, President, Friends of the Fishkill Supply Depot

Over the past forty years, the overall site has been considerably damaged and fragmented by commercial development. A combination of general contemporary pressure to seek revenue from properties, regulatory, legal and procedural gaps, and historical accident have combined to produce a situation in which the 70 acres of National Register of Historic Places-designated Fishkill Supply Depot land, or at least some parcels within it, have never come under the care of effective custodianship.

Key open space parts of the Fishkill Supply Depot complex are currently up for sale, primed for future commercial development. Still, the opportunity remains for respectful preservation and subsequent interpretation of remaining open space. The preservation of essential properties at the core of the Depot site can happen in our time. It is to this end that we are dedicated.

The Friends of the Fishkill Supply Depot is a not-for-profit organization that advocates the permanent preservation of undeveloped acres within the Fishkill Supply Depot and Encampment, a Revolutionary War site that is listed on the National Register of Historic Places. The mission of The Friends of the Fishkill Supply Depot includes permanent protection of the Continental Army Burial Complex within the boundaries of the Fishkill Supply Depot, stringent archaeological review of development projects that may affect the site, preservation of archaeological resources associated with the Fishkill Supply Depot during the Revolutionary period, and the future interpretation of the historic site for public benefit.

Restoring the Beacon Railway
Anne Lynch, Mount Beacon Incline Railway Restoration Society

Founded in 1996, the Mount Beacon Incline Railway Restoration Society consists of members from across the Hudson Valley and beyond. This diverse organization is united in its efforts to restore, operate and preserve an integral piece of American industrial, engineering, transportation and leisure history. Incline railway service to the summit of Mount Beacon will offer the public unparalleled vistas and scenic beauty. The Incline Railway will serve as a living museum and centerpiece asset in the restoration of the Mount Beacon summit as a scenic, historic educational and recreational resource.

Anne Lynch is the president and CEO of the Mount Beacon Incline Railway Restoration Society

2:15 Dutchess County: A Community Experience

Dutchess County: A Community of Pots and Transportation
George Lukacs, Poughkeepsie City Historian

Upper Landing: Bridging our Past and Future in Poughkeepsie
Jolanda Jensen and Nancy Cozean

Upper Landing, on North Water Street, is where the Dutch arrived in the 1687 to an outpost in Dutchess County that would become the riverfront to the City of Poughkeepsie. Here, the falls and tributary of the Fall Kill Creek would help drive the mills and commerce of the small hamlet, that later would be the place where the industrial revolution would be launched in the city.

Today there is an effort to save this historic property and the historic sites that sit right under the state’s newest successful tourism site, the Walkway Over The Hudson. This grassroots effort combines a vision of preserving the city’s heritage, and incorporates new green technology as a path for the future.

The presentation will take a how history can help bridge old and new worlds.
Jolanda Jensen is a graduate of the Pace University School of Law and is a professionally trained engineer with extensive regional planning experience.  She is committed to achieving equitable access to housing through the legal system.

Nancy Cozean is the founder of Cozean Communications. As a businesswoman she has more than 35 years experience as an award winning broadcast journalist and public relations professional, specializing in programming, presentations, advocacy and event planning. She formally served as mayor of the City of Poughkeepsie. Most recently she was named Senior Vice President of Public Relations and Government Affairs with ANL LIGHTING, LLC, d.b.a LITGREEN, a LEDs company, based in Poughkeepsie, NY. Additionally she produces and hosts Hudson Valley Views, an award winning local program on the Mid Hudson Time Warner Cable system.

As a professional broadcaster, Ms. Cozean was a reporter and anchor of major markets, including Washington, D.C., St. Louis, Missouri, and Albany, New York. She also helped launch the area’s first televised tourism program, Hudson Valley Magazine’s GETWAWAY (broadcast in New York, New Jersey and Manhattan).  Previously, she was part of a start-up team for the Hudson Valley’s first commercial television station, WTZA-TV (RNN), and also developed and produced weekend programs for Cablevision’s first 24-hour news station in New Jersey, NEWS 12 NEW JERSEY.

Ms. Cozean is a graduate of the University of Missouri School of Journalism, where she earned her M.A. and B.J. degrees. She is also a graduate of Stephens College in Columbia, Missouri, where she received a B.A. She has been an adjunct professor at Dutchess Community College, State University of New York-New Paltz and Marist College.

Restoring a Village Green, Renewing a Community
The Pawling Green Project.
Nancy Tanner (Basic Planning), Bill McGuinness (Green Evolution),
and Karen Zukowski (Art History Vision).

Historic Resource Surveys as a Planning Tool for Communities in the 21st Century.
Kathleen Howe, New York State Historic Preservation Office

Historic resource surveys help raise awareness about historic and cultural resources, provide useful information for municipal planners, developers and property owners, and help protect these resources, providing critical baseline information about historic resources in a specific area. Learn about the State Historic Preservation Office’s (SHPO) recent efforts to enhance survey efforts throughout New York State.

Kathleen Howe is the Survey and Evaluation Unit Coordinator for the New York State Historic Preservation Office (SHPO), part of the Office of Parks, Recreation, and Historic Preservation (OPRHP). She holds a M.A. in Architectural History and Certificate in Historic Preservation from the University of Virginia.

After graduation, she worked in the planning unit of the Peak National Park in the United Kingdom as part of the International Council on Monuments and Sites (ICOMOS) internship program.  Before joining the SHPO staff, Ms. Howe worked for ten years at Bero Architecture in Rochester, New York preparing historic structure reports and surveys.   She also worked for a non-profit preservation organization in Rochester as curator of two historic house museums.  She began working for the SHPO in 1999 as National Register representative for the New York City territory, working with property owners and interested citizens in listing properties to the State and National Registers of Historic Places.

Under Ms. Howe’s guidance over 200 listings (both individual properties and historic districts) were added to the Registers encompassing over 4,100 properties from skyscrapers and industrial complexes to brownstone row houses and synagogues.  She has shepherded through a number of State and National Register nominations that represent the diverse architectural and cultural landscape of New York City including historic districts for the Lower East Side, Chinatown and Little Italy, Gansevoort Market, Garment Center, Sugar Hill, and Wall Street, among others.  She completed the nomination of over 65 subway stations in celebration of the 100th anniversary of the NYC Subway System.

Ms. Howe has recently spent time evaluating several properties from the recent past including Lincoln Center for the Performing Arts, the Look Building, the TWA Terminal, and the World Trade Center site. She is a frequent guest lecturer at Columbia University’s Historic Preservation graduate program.  Since February 2011, Ms. Howe has been head of the SHPO’s newly formed Survey and Evaluation Unit which is responsible for the identification and evaluation of historic properties in New York State as required by the National Historic Preservation Act of 1966 and the New York State Historic Preservation Act of 1980.

3:45 Municipal Historian Roundtable: Education and Cultural Tourism
Mary Kay Vrba, Dutchess County Tourism

Mary Kay Vrba CTP, Director of Tourism for Dutchess County has more than 25 years of tourism experience and has the responsibility for marketing Dutchess County as vacation destination. Mary Kay’s job responsibilities include sales and marketing for all publications printed by DC tourism, she oversaw the visitor profile study, grant writer for tourism agency, new product development and the day-to-day-aspects of the agency.

Mary Kay currently serves as President of Hudson Valley Tourism and past President of the NYS TPA Council, Instructor at NYU at the Tisch Center for Tourism, Hospitality and Sports Management, and serves on Eleanor Roosevelt Center at Valkill Board of Directors.

Mary Kay has a master degree from George Williams College in Downers Grove Illinois in Leisure and Environmental Resource .

4:15 Dutchess County School/Historic Organization Collaborations
Peter Feinman, Institute of History, Archaeology, and Education, moderator

Teaching Dutchess County History: A High School Experience – Shaun Boyce, Arlington High School

Shaun Boyce has been teaching social studies at Arlington High School since 2000. Although he has developed course curricula at Dutchess Community College and Marist College, Hudson River Heritage is his first truly original course for a high school audience. He’ll discuss the challenges and rewards of teaching about the Hudson River Valley.

Trunks to Interns: Teaching Local History
Betsy Kopstein, Executive Director of the DC Historical Society

Memories of a Community: Seniors to Seniors Oral History Project
Sandra Vacchio, President, Wappingers Historical Society

The Wappingers Historical Society, in collaboration with Robert Wood, Instructor of The Roy C. Ketcham High School Broadcast Arts Class, has documented stories of the past as told to us by long time Wappingers residents. Each Monday night, throughout March, a different program featuring the reflections of lifelong Wappingers residents was presented. “This has been an incredible opportunity for the students here at RCK,” says, Robert Wood, art educator. “This has truly been a cooperative educational experience and a terrific interaction between students and community. Students filmed and edited these interviews. All involved are very excited about the final products.” An ongoing effort to save history through various mediums, additional video and audio interviews are now in production. One can visit the website at www.wappingershistoricalsociety.org to see photo, post card and glass negative galleries.

5:30 Optional guided walk on the Walkway Over the Hudson: A 21st Century Success Story. Fred Schaeffer, former Executive Director

Walkway Over the Hudson was founded in 1992. Our mission is to inspire people to connect to the beauty of the Hudson Valley through long-term stewardship of the Walkway Over the Hudson State Historic Park and support of the regional trail system, which offer public enjoyment of the bridge’s historic architecture, the scenic wonders of the Hudson River Valley and the diversity of its recreational and cultural activities.