Join us for our Speaker Series at Desmond Campus
The Orange County Mastodon (a.k.a. Tunkamoose
In 2009, Tunkamoose mastodon tusks that were 14,000 years old were
exhumed from the Wallkill River. Gary Keeton was instrumental in
this successful recovery. In fact, his son, an archaeologist, was
one of the two men who spotted the mastodon tusks exposed in the
river bank while canoeing at the convergence of the Wallkill River
and Tunkamoose Creek in 2008. The tusks were 9 1/2 feet long and
the second longest ever found in New York. Gary will talk about the
excavation of the tusks in detail.
Friday, Sept. 26, 10-11:30 am, G. Keeton, Fee: $15
Studying the Civil War through Monuments and Memorials
at West Point
Lt. Col. David R. Siry will explore how the story of the Civil War
comes alive through analyzing the physical evidence at West Point.
Siry’s specialty is the American Civil War and he has led numerous
staff rides for cadets and soldiers at Gettysburg, Antietam,
Murfreesboro, Chickmauga, and Chattanooga.
Tuesday, Sept. 30, 6:30-8 pm, D. Siry, Fee: $15
Enterprise and Courage: The Civil War Years at Lake
While tensions brew between North and South during the 1850s, an
idea brews in the mind of an Ulster County farmer. His idea is
simple yet grand: establish a must-see destination at a remarkable
lake high atop the Shawangunk Mountains. Discover how it all began
at Mohonk Lake as local author Robi Josephson presents this
fascinating illustrated program.
Friday, Oct. 10, 10 am-Noon, R. Josephson, Fee: $15
Winslow Homer is one of America’s foremost 19th century artists.
Homer’s career began as a visual reporter for Harper’s Weekly
during the Civil War, and later built his reputation as a painter
of contemporary life. During the late 1870’s Homer was a frequent
visitor to the Hudson Valley, and created imagery still loved and
recognized today. In this presentation, we will explore the various
aspects of Homer’s artistic journey and discover the delights of
his Hudson Valley connections.
Friday, Oct. 17, 1-3 pm, L. Nicholls, Fee: $15