Community Education

Speaker Series

Join us for our Speaker Series at Desmond Campus

A View of Dutchess County
Dutchess County is 800 square miles and abundant in scenic beauty. Come tour with Tom Daley as he shares his beautiful photographs of country scenes and old barns, and opens our eyes to the beauty that surrounds us.
Monday, Sept. 8, 1-3 pm, T. Daley, Fee: $15

The Educational Value of Stamp Collecting
You don’t have to collect stamps to enjoy this informative presentation that examines the educational benefits derived from this interesting pastime. Conducted by Anthony Musso, who himself has collected autographed first day covers (a unique segment of stamp collecting) for nearly 40 years, he will review its unique learning opportunity with interesting stories, while displaying many of his own items. By researching the history of a person, place, or event featured as the subject of a postage stamp, you can learn about a topic that might have never entered your mind to explore. In Musso’s case, he also researches a personality associated in some way with the stamp subject, from which he requests an autograph on the cover. But that process requires research of the personality as well, in effect bolstering his knowledge about two completely different subjects. Whether it’s a study of the JFK Assassination, the Watergate scandal, sports, arts and entertainment, and/or virtually any other topic imaginable, there has been a stamp issued on it, which provides opportunities to collect and to learn in a relaxed and enjoyable atmosphere.
Monday, Sept. 15, 10-Noon, A. Musso, Fee: $15

Ghost Stories
The Hudson Valley is filled with history—and hauntings. This program takes a look at historic sites in the region that have evidence of ghosts, and explores why they may be there. Join ghost investigator and author, Linda Zimmermann for this interesting and scary presentation! Books will be for sale following the lecture.
Wednesday, Sept. 17, 6:30-8 pm, L. Zimmermann, Fee: $15

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

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