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
History By Happenstance History
Discussion of various historicla events and inventions which came to be by accident or at least "the law of unintended consequences".
$201- $350
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
Colonial Era Dutch Houses of the Hudson Valley History
a tour of the Colonial-era Dutch houses of the region focussing on Rockland and Bergen Counties. Many are still extant, but many have undergone extensive refurbishment and modifications, while others still (which are featured) have been razed. Also discusses efforts to preserve structures of this period and some failures. Gistories of the families who owned them and how they made their livings are included.
$201- $350
Generals and Admirals of the American Revolution History
Lecture and slide show which discusses the generals and some admirals of both sides of the Revolution and their roles and contributions. Some are big names like Washington and Cornwallis, while others are lesser known but played important roles nonetheless.
$201- $350
A Forgotten Art: Walking Stick and Handle Making History,
Multicultural- Other
This program examines the forgottena rt of walking and hiking stick making. Historical and cultural differences of the use of walking and hiking sticks, the different kinds of wood and amterials used in making sticks, the varieties of sticks and canes, and the different types of materials specially suited for each type, artwork and adornments used on sticks, applications of finishes and stains (including natural finishes) for different purposes and tastes.
$201- $350
Famous Free Masons in American History History
A lecture and slide show on famous Americans who belonged to the Masonic Fraternit. These include personalities from government, entertainment, business and industry. Tthe time frame ranges from Colonial times to today.
$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
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
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
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
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