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
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
The Mining Industry of the Hudson Valley History,
Science
A lecture and slide presentation of the mines and mining industry of the region and the reasons for its demise. Primarily focusses on iron mines but also discusses lesser known mines such as zinc, copper, mica, and nickel.
$201- $350
History and Nature Study Hikes and Field Trips History,
Nature- Animals,
Nature- Environment
This program is for groups who are interested in history archaeology, architecture, ornithology, zoology, geology, botany, forestry, horticultue, or any related subject. The subect of concentration is determined by the hosting agency but the site will be chosen by the presenter.
$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
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 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
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
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
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
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
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