Patriotism

January 27, 2024  •  Leave a Comment
Standing in the southeast corner of the Old Dutch Church cemetery in Kingston, New York, the 16-foot bronze war monument entitled “Patriotism” commemorates the soldiers of the 120th New York State Infantry and their military service during the Civil War. The 120th New York Infantry unit was led by General George H. Sharpe (1828-1900), a prominent m...
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Staff Sergeant Robert Dietz

January 20, 2024  •  Leave a Comment
Staff Sergeant Robert Dietz (1921-1945) was a Kingston native, soldier in the United States Army and recipient of the Congressional Medal of Honor, the nation’s highest military award for valor. Dietz served as a squad leader in Company A, 38th Armored Infantry Battalion, 7th Armored Division during World War II. During the battle for Kirchain,...
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Battle Cross

January 13, 2024  •  Leave a Comment
The Ulster County War Memorial, located in front of the Ulster County Office Building in uptown Kingston, pays testament to the 1,307 Ulster County citizens that have lost their lives defending our country. In the center of the monument stands a time-honored military sculpture known as the Battle Cross, consisting of a soldier’s combat boots, their...
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JoJo’s Masterpiece: The Stone Castle of Swan Lake

January 06, 2024  •  Leave a Comment
This miniature, medieval-looking stone castle is located within a small park in the Sullivan County hamlet of Swan Lake. In the 1930s, at the request of Siegel family, the owners of the former Commodore Hotel, the sculpture was constructed by Joe “JoJo” Moshini, an Italian immigrant and master mason. Moshini had arrived at Swan Lake around 1928 and...
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Seven New Stereoviews of the Catskills by the E. & H. T. Anthony Co.

December 30, 2023  •  Leave a Comment
The E. & H. T. Anthony company was the largest 19th-century manufacturer and distributor of cameras and photographic supplies in the United States. The company was founded by Edward Anthony (1818-1888) and his brother Henry T. Anthony (1814-1884). Regionally, the company produced many of the greatest views of the Catskills of the 19th century. The...
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Friendship Manor Covered Bridge

December 23, 2023  •  Leave a Comment
The Friendship Manor Covered Bridge, also known as the Pine Hill Covered Bridge, was built in 1992. The bridge is 72 feet long and 22 feet wide as it spans Birch Creek to serve as the entrance for the Belleayre Mountain Pine Hill Lake Day Use Area. The bridge is located on the east side of Pine Hill, a small, yet charming hamlet in the town of Shan...
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Coykendall Lodge at Alder Lake

December 16, 2023  •  Leave a Comment
The remains of the former Coykendall Lodge are located on the shores of Alder Lake in the upper Beaverkill Valley in the town of Hardenbergh in Ulster County, New York. The lodge sits within the Balsam Lake Mountain Wild Forest and overlooks Alder Lake, with Mill Brook Ridge to the east, Cradle Rock Ridge to the south and several unnamed hills to t...
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Skene Memorial Library, Fleischmanns, New York

December 09, 2023  •  Leave a Comment
The historic Skene Memorial Library is located in the village of Fleischmanns in Delaware County, New York. The Skene Memorial Library was constructed in 1901 in honor of Dr. Alexander Johnston Chalmers Skene (1838-1900), a noted physician and medical researcher, and one of the most prominent summer residents in the village of Fleischmanns. Dr....
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Church of St. John the Evangelist at Tannersville, New York

December 02, 2023  •  Leave a Comment
The historic Church of St. John the Evangelist is located in the village of Tannersville in Greene County, New York. It is bounded by Philadelphia Hill Road to the west, and by woodlands and scattered cottages to the north, south and east. The church, constructed in 1885, long served the residential enclave known as Philadelphia Hill...
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Callicoon Theater

November 25, 2023  •  Leave a Comment
The art-deco styled Callicoon Theater is the oldest continually operating movie theater in Sullivan County, New York. Opening night took place on July 8, 1948 with a showing of the American western film titled Green Grass of Wyoming starring Charles Coburn and Peggy Cummins. Marilyn Monroe appeared in the film as an uncredited extra....
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Rock Valley School in Hancock, New York

November 18, 2023  •  Leave a Comment
“We were young together And never can forget The school house at Rock Valley In school days where we met.” – Hancock Herald. February 14, 1957. The Rock Valley School, also known as Hancock School District No. 22, is located in an area known as the Upper Basket in the small hamlet of Rock Valley in the town of Hancock, Delaware County. T...
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Rip Van Winkle: Piedmont Series

November 11, 2023  •  Leave a Comment
Circa 1910 The American Tobacco Company, owners of the Piedmont brand of cigarettes, issued a series of 10 full-color cards depicting various scenes from the Rip Van Winkle tale. The rare cards each measure 5 inches by 8 inches. For each card, the “chapter” number can be seen in the lower left corner, while in the upper left-hand corner is an image...
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Rip Van Winkle, by Arthur Rackham

November 04, 2023  •  Leave a Comment
“I think Rip [is] one of the most remarkable of created characters. Created as the sheerest piece of pleasant moralizing, acknowledging, even, that it was cribbed from old-world sources, here is Rip as firmly fixed in the hearts of all good Americans as any genuine myth. I can think of hardly another modern instance.” – Arthur Rackham. “There ha...
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Rip Van Winkle, by George P. Webster

October 28, 2023  •  Leave a Comment
Rip Van Winkle by Washington Irving was published to international acclaim in 1819. Set in the Catskills, an amiable Rip wanders off in the woods with his dog Wolf to escape his wife’s nagging and to avert “all kinds of profitable labor” only to encounter a silent group of short, bearded men playing nine-pins. After drinking some of their liquor he...
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Rip Van Winkle: A Tale of the Hudson, Illustrated by Frances Brundage

October 21, 2023  •  Leave a Comment
Frances Lockwood Brundage (1854-1937) was a noted illustrator of children’s books. She illustrated over 200 books during her career, in addition to her work on postcards, valentines, prints, trade cards and calendars. Her works were published by several companies including Raphael Tuck & Sons, Samuel Gabriel Company and Saalfield Publishing, among...
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