Friday, September 24, 2010

Touring Hudson Valley Ruins Without Ever Leaving The Newburgh Free Library

Robert J. Yasinsac, a graduate of SUNY-Oswego, is the Site Manager at the Union Church in Pocantico Hills, N.Y., and a Museum Associate at Philipsburg Manor in Sleepy Hollow, NY, both properties of Historic Hudson Valley. He serves as a Trustee on the Board of the Irvington Historical Society.

All from a chair at the Newburgh Free Library, a number of people got to explore "Hudson Valley Ruins". Through both current and vintage pictures, we were taken to places like Wyndclyffe (in Rhinebeck), the Briarcliff Lodge (Briarcliff Manor), West Point Foundry (Cold Spring). We toured brickyards and cement factories, saw long lost pictures of the Edward J. Cornish Estate (Cold Spring). We were provided with examples of possible modern day uses of structures like the Yonkers Power Station (Yonkers) and looks inside Bannerman’s Island Arsenal/Pollepel Island. Of course, Newburgh's very own Dutch Reformed Church and West Shore Railroad Station were part of the evening.


Robert J. Yasinsac, preservationist and co-author (Thomas Rinaldi, the other half of this team, was unable to attend) of  Hudson Valley Ruins: Forgotten Landmarks of an American Landscape, provided us with a free lecture, answered questions people had, and signed copies of his book. Mr. Yasinsac also authored a book titled "Images of America - Briarcliff Lodge" (Arcadia Publishing), spotlighting what was once considered America's premier resort hotel.


 As a bonus, I had an unplanned meeting with a new Facebook friend and exchanged information with another lady, who I plan to call to find out more about this great city!


Thank you to Chuck Thomas (Outreach Services) of the Newburgh Free Library for being our gracious host.

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