Friday, January 29, 2021, 7:00 pm on ZOOM Franc Palaia -- Murals of the Hudson Valley; invitations to participate via Zoom will be emailed a week before the program to all current Rhinebeck Historical Society members for whom we have an email address
Murals are the oldest form of human expression, dating back 40,000 years. In this year of 2020, murals are still a vital and valid medium of communication, a very durable activity in the span of humanity. My talk on Jan 29, 2021 is a comprehensive survey of murals of the Hudson Valley covering areas from Red Hook to the north, Yonkers to the south, New Paltz to the west and Poughkeepsie and Rhinebeck to the east. I will include historic murals such as FDR’s New Deal and WPA murals as well as contemporary samples of outdoor murals and street art. My talk will also focus on private and public art, the O+ murals of Kingston, as well as the recent controversy on racial issues with the murals in Red Hook and Olin Dows’ Post Office mural in Rhinebeck.
Friday, February 26, 7:00 pm on ZOOM David Turner -- The Forgotten Hamlets of Dutchess County, Part 2: Southern Dutchess County; invitations to participate via Zoom will be emailed a week before the program to all current Rhinebeck Historical Society members for whom we have an email address
A pictorial tour with vintage postcards of southern Dutchess County’s forgotten hamlets. Learn about the hamlet of Chelsea on Hudson, whose tide changed with the rise and fall of industry on the river. Hear about a woman and her baby who were spared by inches from a runaway trolley that crashed into her house in South Dover. See photographs of southern Dutchess County before it changed from a landscape of small farming communities to suburban oasis. Included in the talk will be dozens of turn-of-the-century images of little known hamlets that are no more than cross roads today, such as Billings, New Hackensack, Glenham, Holmes, Webatuck, Mabbettsville, Verbank Village, New Hamburg, Beekman and many more.