Mount Beacon Crashes Recalled (Aired on March 9 and 10, 2019)

Photohistorian and local history activist David Rocco visits RadioRotary to tell
about the project to mount a plaque in Veterans Park, Beacon, NY, to
commemorate two airplane crashes on Mount Beacon. Mount Beacon, named
for its role in the use of a fire atop the mountain during the American Revolution
that would notify Washington’s army of British advances toward West Point, is
the highest peak of the Hudson Highlands. In 1935 two Navy reservists lost their
lives when their biplane crashed high on the mountain; then, ten years later, a
twin-engine Navy plane carrying 6 Navy aviators, including legendary Captain
Dixie Kiefer, also crashed on the mountain, killing all aboard. Mr. Rocco has
been spearheading a group that is mounting a commemorative plaque. Mr.
Rocco has been involved in a number of local projects, including developing the
Walkway on the Hudson, a local dog park, and restoring the Mount Beacon fire
tower. Recently Mr. Rocco has taken 10,000 photographs documenting the
replacement of the Tappan Zee Bridge with the new Mario Cuomo Bridge,
including six showing the dramatic explosions used to bring down the last span of
the Tappan Zee structure.

Learn more:
Mount Beacon Eight Remembered: https://medium.com/thegroundhog/mount-beacon-eight-remembered-5ae37428ed35
Beacon Historical Society: http://beaconhistorical.org/
David Rocco Tappan Zee Bridge Exhibit: https://www.theexaminernews.com/dramatic-tz-bridge-construction-photos-on-
display-at-white-plains-library/
David Rocco on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/DavidAllanRocco
The Indestructible Man: https://smile.amazon.com/Indestructible-Man-Story-World-Captain/dp/1548322598/ref=sr_1_1?keywords=The+Indestrctible+Man&qid=1552405409&s=books&sr=1-1-spell

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March 17, 2019 · Posted in History, Hudson Valley  

“Ancient Documents” and County History (Aired on February 16 and 17, 2019)

By New York State law, every county, city, town, and village in the state must
have a historian. Will Tatum, Country Historian for Dutchess County, visits
RadioRotary to describe the many ways that he and his fellow historians promote
the story of our own past. Dutchess County, settled in Colonial Days, was most
famously the site of battles and developments in the Revolutionary period, but
also hosted many of the major players in the 19 th and 20 th centuries. Some of this
history took place in the taverns and inns that have graced the county over its
long history; a program called “The Dutchess County Historical Tavern Trail”
takes advantage of these, some still operating as taverns or distilleries, to
provide an enjoyable way to learn more about county (and national) history. The
program also describes the “ancient documents,” which are—despite the
name—the historical records of the county, not available online.

Learn more:
Dutchess County Historian: https://www.dutchessny.gov/CountyGov/Departments/History/HSindex.htm
Ancient Documents (of Dutchess County): https://www.dutchessny.gov/DutchessCountyPublicAccess/HistoricalDocuments/HistoricalDocuments.aspx
Dutchess Country Historical Society: https://dchsny.org/
Country, City, Town, and Village Historians: https://www.dutchessny.gov/CountyGov/Departments/History/22592.htm
Dutchess Country Historic Tavern Trail: https://www.meetup.com/DutchessTavernTrail/

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February 24, 2019 · Posted in Dutchess County, Education, History  

Video Explorations of the Hudson Valley (Aired On January 12 & 13, 2019)

Seth Collegrave is a young composter and videographer who has been
developing multimedia presentations of the history and prominent landmarks in
the Hudson Valley. Having grown up in the lower Hudson Valley, he came to
appreciate how important the region has been in US history. After studying
composition and media at the Berkley School of Music in Boston and a brief
period working in Los Angeles, Mr. Collegrave returned to his native territory
where he formed Empire Explorer to produce short Facebook, Instagram, and
YouTube features of the regions historic buildings. Listen as Sarah O’Connell-
Claitor and Jonah Triebwasser interview Mr. Collegrave about his work and his
explorations of the Hudson Valley.

Learn more:
Empire Explorer: http://www.empireexplorer.com/
Empire Explorer on Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/empireexplorer/
Empire Explorer on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/empireexplorer/
Empire Explorer on YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UC-G0SiKvvxTwNjwvuC17rhA

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January 19, 2019 · Posted in History, Hudson Valley, Travel  

Reher Center in Roundout, Kingston (Aired On September 1 & 2, 2018)

RadioRotary interviews Geoff Miller, Chair of the Steering Committee for the
Reher Center for Immigrant Culture and History, a project of the Jewish
Federation of Ulster County. The Center is a museum celebrating all the
immigrants who settled the region, not just the Jews, and occupies a 19 th -century
Jewish bakery that primarily served the immigrants who streamed into America
throughout the 19 th and early 20 th centuries. The museum aims to depict
immigrant life of that period. The Reher Center, at 99-101 Broadway in the
Historic Roundout waterfront of Kingston, New York, is located in the part of
Kingston that was originally a small community on the Hudson, while Kingston
itself occupied the bluff above the river. The Center is a work in progress, with
the museum only open a few hours a week at present. Tours require special
arrangements.

Learn more:
Reher Center for Immigrant Culture and History: https://www.rehercenter.org/
Kingston Waterfront (Roundout): http://thekingstonwaterfront.com/
History of Kingston: http://history.rays-place.com/ny/uls-kingston-ny.htm
History of Immigration before 1965: https://www.history.com/topics/immigration/u-s-immigration-before-1965

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October 11, 2018 · Posted in History, Hudson Valley, Museums  

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