Performers and Programs

Performer Information  
Stage name: Dr. Andrew J. Smith
Performer name: Dr. Andrew J. Smith
Phone: 845-942-5063
Mailing address: 61 Central Highway
Stony Point, NY 10980
E-mail address: as10984@aol.com
Previous appearances at: Nanuet Library, Newburgh Library, American Canoe Assn., Hudson River Masonic Lodge, Cornwall Library
Contact information for New York State Public Libraries
Information last updated: 04/29/2014

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Program
Category
Description
Fee
How Natives and Settlers of the Region Used Edible and Medicinal Plants History,
Nature- Environment,
Science
A slide show and lecture explaining how the earliest settlers and the local Indian tribes relied on commonly growing wild plants and fungi to supplement their meager diets and to treat ailments. Many are right under our noses and were familiar fare to our ancestors> Many are far more nutritious than garden variery vegetables and yet are ignored by modern man.
$201- $350
Benedict Arnold: The Story Behind the Man History
Benedict Arnold is known today as simply a traitor, but he was much more than a simple black and white figure. This program discusses his achievements and the events leading up to his treasonous act and the people around him.
$201- $350
People and Events of the American Revolution in the Hudson Valley History
Program focuses on several secondary figures of the American Revolution and their participation, roles and events important to the Hudson Valley and beyond.
$201- $350
Issues in Archaeology History,
Multicultural- Native American
This is a slide show and lecture explaining and illustrating Native American sites and artifacts common to the Hudson Valley and elsewhere. Typical rock shelters are shown as well as some common artifacts and their purposes. Explanation of the growing problem if vandalism and theft of Antie American sites and artifacts and the efforts to control the problem is discussed.
$201- $350
Specters of a Bygone Era: Mansions and Castles of the Hudson Valley Part 2 History
A slide show and lecture illustrating some of the great estates and buildings and the powerful and interseting people who built them. This is a sequel in the series, due to the great popularity of the subject.
$201- $350
Legendary Critters of the Hudson Valley History,
Nature- Animals,
Other
The colonists of the Hudson Valley and the Indians of the area believed that the nearby woodlands and waterways were the home of some very fascinating creatures. The Jersey Devil was the most famous of these, but there were others such as serpents, trolls, and giants. Local examples are compared with similar legends from around the world.
$201- $350
The State of Historic Preservation History
Addressing the current state of historic preservation ranging from buildings to photographs and documents. An inside view from experience on obtaining funding, government cooperation, community relations, and educating the public to recognize what is historically valuable and what to do when it is identified.
$201- $350
Schoolhouses of the Hudson Valley History,
Visual Arts- Other
Prior to 1950 there were over 40 school districts in Rockland County while today, hardly 50 years later, there are only seven. This program addresses the history of these schools, including some which still physically exist, although none function as schools, but usually as offices, residences, and community centers.
$201- $350
How To Read the Woods (AKA Landscape Archaeology) History,
Nature- Environment,
Science
Into this century what are now park woodlands were inhabited by small communities. As one travels these areas, evidence of former habitations can be seen--evidence such as foundations, stone walls, wells fruit trees, trash heaps, latrine pits, and introduced plant species are common and obvious. But most people don't realize what they are looking at when they see it. This show is an introduction to what is actually a form of archaeology which explains to those who frequently hike or otherwise are in the forest and fields, how to differentiate between the works of man and the works of nature. Can also be done in conjunction with a field trip.
$201- $350
How Eminent Domain Has Affected Rural Life History,
Multicultural- Other
An expansion of an earlier program entitled Vanished Hamlets to a much wider national scope. A slide show and lecture discussing the ways in which rural culture throughout the nation have been affected and disrupted by the imposition of Eminent Domain.
$201- $350
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