Performers and Programs

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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
Vanishing Landmarks of the Region History
Lecture and slide show on houses, barns, hitching posts, mansions, and many other landmarks which were local institutions that are within memory of many residents but are disappearing rapidly.
$201- $350
Works of the CCC and WPA History,
Multicultural- Other
This is a lecture and slid eshow about the Civilian Conseration Corps and Works Progres Administration of the GReat Depression era and the projects they worked on in our region. They built bridges, dams, roads, pipelines, aquaducts, and planted billions of trees all ove rthe antion. They built things to last and as proof, a lot of their creations are still in use today and are withstanding the test of time.
$201- $350
Legends and Folklore of the Hudson Valley History,
Nature- Environment
A lecture and slide show detailing several folk tales and true stories of the region. Included are hauntings and ghosts, lost mines, peculiar landmarks. Many of these sites can still be visited by interested parties.
$201- $350
Emerging Theories of Pre-Columbian History History,
Multicultural- Native American
Diffusionism is a title for a branch of archaeology which asserts that there were Old World cultures in the Americas long before Columbus sailed. In recent years findings throughout the New World have necessitated a reevaluation of the Land Bridge Theory. This programs presents some of the evidence for this as well as some of the information arising from current research.
$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
Old Mills of the Hudson Valley History
A lecture and slide show about water-driven mills of Bergen, Rockland, and Orange Counties, the people who used them, and the principles which made them work. Some made electricity, some were blacksmith shops, some were saw mills, and othrs were gristmills, tanneries, or even print shops. All are interesting and are vestiges of the days when we were still a rural community.
$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
Old Churches of the Hudson Valley History
This is a slide show and lecture discussing churches of all faiths throughout the region. They date from the 18th Century to the 20th Century. Origins, cultures, and roles they played in the history of their areas as well as intersting anecdotes about some of the events and individuals who were involved are part and parcel of the story.
$201- $350
The Art of Tracking History,
Nature- Animals,
Science
The history and practice of tracking is explained by a pracitioner of the art. Basic theory and tools will be explained and followed by a hands-on instruction in the field.
$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
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