Browse Exhibits (24 total)

Rescuing the River: 50 Years of Environmental Activism on the Hudson


"Rescuing the River: 50 Years of Environmental Activism on the Hudson," presented by Bank of America, traces the role of the Hudson River in the American environmental movement and the influence of individuals and organizations like Scenic Hudson, Riverkeeper, Clearwater, and the New York State Department of Environmental Conservation in cleaning up the Hudson River.

Using primary sources like photographs and paintings, newspaper articles, ephemera, and oral histories, this exhibit provides a comprehensive and river-wide look at environmentalism from the 19th century forward, with special emphasis on the 1960s-90s.

Additional support provided by: Humanities NY, New York State Assembly.

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The Hasbroucks of Locust Lawn: A lens into the history of a 19th century Hudson Valley family


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Mapping Lowell Thomas's Travels

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Lowell Thomas, famous for his travels, most notable traveled to Arabia, Burma, India, Egypt, and Palestine during WW1. He documented his travels through photos, some of which portray the native people, culture, architect, and landscape. WW1 is a period known for its destruction on areas and people, so the photos taken, most of which lack any sign of war, provide a unique perspective into other countries.


Marist College: From Brotherhood to Co-Education


This Collection follows the integration of women in 1966 and the years immediately following this drastic change to the once-small preparatory school for the Catholic Brotherhood. Our goal was to analyze The Circle newspapers in the Marist College Archives to track different events that occurred after Marist College became co-educational.

Rising Time: Artifacts from the Reher Center for Immigrant Culture and History


In “Rising Time,” the Reher Center for Immigrant Culture and History presents artifacts collected from one building to tell twin stories of continuity and change in Kingston’s Rondout community between the 1870s and 2004. The exhibit marks the culmination of a major project taken place during the summer of 2017, to research and catalog the Reher Center’s collection of over 5,000 artifacts. This research was an integral step toward the Center’s eventual goal of converting the historic site into an immersive site-specific museum. 

The Missing Chapter: Untold Stories of the African American Presence in the Mid-Hudson Valley


"The black-white rift stands at the very center of American history. It is the great challenge to which all our deepest aspirations to freedom must rise. If we forget the great stain of slavery that stands at the heart of our country, our history, our experiment-we forget who we are, and we make the great rift deeper and wider."

-Ken Burns

Although the predominant perception of early African Americans in the United States tends to conjure up images of a shackled existence on Southern plantations, the story of the African American presence in Hudson Valley history remains comparatively untold. Just as countless black hands worked the red clay fields of Southern farms, so too did African slaves churn the rich, fertile soils of the New York flats. It remains a hypocrisy in our condemnation of slavery in the South, that we too built our society on the backs of a subjugated people. While New York played a major role in the trading of coffee, sugar, and tobacco, our state also played a crucial role in the trafficking of human life.

It is our obligation and our goal to illuminate the roots of the African American presence in the Mid-Hudson Valley, and to reveal the realities of the critical but subservient role African Americans played in colonial and antebellum society in this region. Through Photographs, Bills of Sale, Last Will and Testaments, Inventories, Vendues, Runaway Slave Notices, Court Cases, Slave Law Codes, Journals, Ledgers, and Correspondences, we can gain a deeper understanding of Slavery in New York in general and of the experiences and fates of specific African Americans. As part of the missing chapter in the book of the African American experience, the stories told here provide a glimpse of the collective heritage some of us seek to find, and that none of us should ever forget.