Author Kathryn Smith on The Gatekeeper (Aired on 3-11-17 & 3-12-17)

The Gatekeeper : Missy LeHand and FDR (Aired on March 11 and 12, 2017)

The Hudson Valley is known throughout the United State as the home of Franklin Delano Roosevelt (FDR). In this program the author and Rotarian (Greater Anderson Club, SC) Kathryn Smith tells about FDR’s longtime personal secretary, Missy LeHand, the subject of Ms. Smith’s new book The Gatekeeper: Missy LeHand, FDR, and the Untold Story of the Partnership that Defined a Presidency . 24-year-old Ms. LeHand joined FDR’s failed candidacy for Vice-President as a secretary in 1920
and stayed with him through his career in business and law, his battle with polio, his New York State governorship (1928-32), and the first years of his presidency, only leaving him by dying in July 1944, nine months before Roosevelt also passed away. In addition to her role that amounted to being “chief of staff” when FDR was president, Ms. LeHand was his co-leader in making the polio rehabilitation center at Warm Springs, GA, a success. Listen to a fascinating interview.
Learn more:
The Gatekeeper
Kathryn Smith and Missy LeHand
Kathryn Smith, Author
Warm Springs
Greater Anderson Rotary Club

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March 13, 2017 · Posted in History, Hudson Valley, PolioPlus  

Sachem Hawk Storm of the Schaghticokes (Aired on September 17 & 18, 2016)

(front) Hawk Storm, (back) Jonah Triebwasser, Sarah O’Connell

(front) Hawk Storm, (back) Jonah Triebwasser, Sarah O’Connell

RadioRotary interviews Robert Hawk Storm Birch, known primarily by his Native American name, Hawk Storm, given to him by his grandfather when he was five. The Schaghticoke Native Americans are struggling to win Federal recognition, although they have one of the oldest reservations in the U.S., located in Kent, Connecticut, just over the border from Dover, New York. The Federal Bureau of Indian Affairs only recognizes about 560 of the approximately a thousand indigenous tribes, which prevent the unrecognized from obtaining many services. Hawk Storm is working on improving the Schaghticoke Reservation in Kent with a cultural center, but he also is devoting time to helping the United Nations efforts on climate change and discrimination issues.

Learn more:
Schaghticoke Website
Another Interview with Hawk Storm

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September 17, 2016 · Posted in History  

Walkway over the Hudson (Aired on March 28 & March 29, 2015)

(l-r) Jonah Triebwasser, Susanne O’Neill & Kathy Kruger

(l-r) Jonah Triebwasser, Susanne O’Neill & Kathy Kruger

Susanne O’Neill, Program and Events Manager for Walkway over the Hudson, talks about the history and coming events at the longest, highest pedestrian bridge in the world, Poughkeepsie and Highland’s Walkway over the Hudson. This former railway connection between Dutchess and Ulster counties ceased operation after a fire in 1974, but in 2009, in connection with the 400th anniversary of Henry Hudson’s historic first sail up the river, the bridge, now reconstructed as a pedestrian (and bicycle and rollerblade) walkway, opened to the public. It was an instant success with 50,000 visitors in the first week, and now draws about 500,000 per year. The Walkway is 1.28 miles long from gate to gate, and in addition to level entrances from each end, it is served by a 212-foot elevator a short walk from the Poughkeepsie Train Station.

Learn more:
Walkway over the Hudson
Walkway over the Hudson State Historic Park
Walkway Facebook Page
June 13, 2015, Marathon and Other Races: http://walkwaymarathon.org/

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March 28, 2015 · Posted in Environment, History, Hudson Valley, Travel  

Kingston’s Center for Immigrant Culture (Aired on February 28 & March 1, 2015)

Barbara Blas and Barbara Cohen

Barbara Blas and Barbara Cohen

Rotarians Barbara Blas and Barbara Cohen of the Kingston Sunrise Rotary Club visit RadioRotary to tell about the developing Reher Center for Immigration and Culture in the Roundout section of Kingston, NY. The project began when the Jewish Federation of Ulster County came into possession of the large building that previously housed the Reher Bakery, famous for its rolls, the only intact historical building in the Roundout. With help from state, federal, and local funding, the building has been stabilized and will soon have a permanent display of the history of immigrants in Kingston as well as other rooms for exhibits and lectures. The original bakery kitchen is also intact and will be able to be visited. The two Barbara’s also describe exhibits housed in the Stockade part of Kingston dealing with immigrant history in the city as well as several projects of the Sunrise club.

Learn more:
The Reher Center for Immigrant Culture and History
Jewish Federation of Ulster County
Rotary Club of Kingston– Sunrise

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February 28, 2015 · Posted in Education, History, Hudson Valley  

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