Community Education

Speaker Series

Join us for our Speaker Series at Desmond Campus

The Orange County Mastodon (a.k.a. Tunkamoose Mastodon)
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 Mohonk
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
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

Share this page