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Saratoga Lost: Images of Victorian America

Saratoga Lost: Images of Victorian America

By Robert Joki

Saratoga Springs, after the Civil War, enjoyed a veritable golden age as the seat of the United States – and maybe the world’s – midsummer social scene. Saratoga Lost: Images of Victorian America presents this time period in hundreds of historical photographs that reveal the opulence of this era gone by. The Saratogian, Saratoga County’s daily newspaper, commented that “ The book’s strength lies in its powerful imagery set besides Joki’s deft commentary. “Saratoga Lost” is destined to become a must-have for anyone remotely interested in Saratoga and its past.” Robert Joki has been an avid fan of Saratoga’s gilded past since 1973. A collector of Victorian memorabilia, he is in posession of what is probably the largest collection of historical images of Saratoga Springs.

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Saratoga Springs: A Historical Portrait

Saratoga Springs: A Historical Portrait

By Timothy Holmes and Martha Stonequist

The attraction of Saratoga Springs as a resort made it the “Monte Carlo of America” in its heyday. Now the city is not as grand as it used to be, but it is still home to a wealth of beauty, history, and culture. Saratoga Springs: A Historical Portrait tells the story of this small and unique city. Timothy Holmes is an expert on the history of Saratoga and in order to tell a unique history has meet with residents of the town to do research. Martha Stonequist is Saratoga’s city historian and archivist.

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Rhinecliff: The Tangled Tale of Rhinebeck's Waterfront, A Hudson River History

Rhinecliff: The Tangled Tale of Rhinebeck's Waterfront, A Hudson River History

By Cynthia Owen Philip

Rhinecliff is a small village that has existed halfway between New York City and Albany on the east side of the Hudson River for centuries. Despite this fact, this town has often been overlooked for his more powerful neighbors: Rhinebeck and Rondout (now Kingston). In this captivating history, Rhinecliff finally gets its story told. The book is illustrated with 130 photographs, drawings, and maps that all lend to the history of this town, told from its founding in 1686 to the present day. Cynthia Owen Philip is a writer and an independent historian who has also written about inventor and engineer Robert Fulton.

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The River Of Dreams: The Hudson Valley in Historic Postcards

The River Of Dreams: The Hudson Valley in Historic Postcards

By George J. Lankevich

The idea of a book made of a collection of historic postcards is a novel one. This is especially interesting in the book The River Of Dreams: The Hudson Valley in Historic Postcards because the reader gets to witness not just the most popular locations of the Hudson river, but also how the river changed in character over time. Thus one is taking two journeys: one through the exquisite landscape of the famed valley and the other through time itself. Most of the sixty four postcards date from the early twentieth century, but Lankevich manages to give a complete history in this much lauded book. The New York Times writes: “Here, as in New York itself, may be found everything and everyone.” Lankevich is professor emeritus of history at Bronx Community College and has written more than thirty books, focusing primarily on New York.

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The Hudson River: A Natural and Unnatural History

The Hudson River: A Natural and Unnatural History

By Robert H. Boyle

Robert H. Boyle’s The Hudson River, when originally published in 1969, was at the forefront of the environmental movement, and sought to get people to understand the amazing resource and history behind a river that was being laid to waste by industrial giants. A deeply moving piece for ecological awareness, Boyle’s book became a classic for the movement to save the river. The book switches fluidly from discussions of the unique flora and fauna of the area to discussions of the political situations of that time and the struggle of local people, e.g. fisherman, living off the land and the water. Robert H. Boyle is an activist – founder of Riverkeeper and Waterkeeper Alliance as well as board member of the Environmental Media Services, and a columnist. Unfortunately this book is out of print, but it can still be bought used.

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Hudson: The Story of a River

Hudson: The Story of a River

By Thomas Locker and Robert C. Baron

This book tells a fictionalized history through the anthromorphication of the Hudson River as a witness to its history. The river and surrounding mountains are born in the beginning and then experience all of history from the coming of the Native American tribes to the rise of the present conservationist movement in response to large-scale industry’s reckless use of the river. This book’s intended audience is children ages six to ten.

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The Hudson: An Illustrated Guide to the Living River

The Hudson: An Illustrated Guide to the Living River

By Stephen P. Stanne, Roger G. Panetta, Brian E. Forist

The Hudson River, long home to human habitation, has recently started to thrive again after years of pollution and disrespect by industry. This book is a celebration of this resurgence and an advocate for the further improvement of this important and living river. It was published in association with the Hudson River Sloop Clearwater, Inc. – an organization dedicated to the cleaning, reviving, and further improvement of the Hudson River. It includes a guide to the Hudson’s habitat and history, introducing readers the the plants, animals, and people that have made the Hudson their home. All of the authors are associated with the preservation movement of the Hudson river, and proceeds from the sale of this book go to the further cleaning of the river as well as continued research and restoration of its delicate ecosystem.

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The Hudson River: A Great American Treasure

The Hudson River: A Great American Treasure

By Greg Miller (photographer) in association with Scenic Hudson

Breathtakingly, this portfolio of work showcases the Hudson River and its surrounding environs of majestic mountains, sprawling estates, scenic forests, and all the other landscapes that occur in this unique region. The book highlights the most popular destinations in a series of panoramas with representative images for each season. The New York Daily News writes: “Here, you have a pleasure trip between hard covers.” Greg Miller, a photographer who specializes in landscapes, has been a resident of the Hudson River Valley and has been published by and associated with various artistic and naturalist organizations; some of his best work – including four panoramas of the Moonda Viaduct – are pictured here. The Scenic Hudson is a non-profit organization with the mission to protect the scenic beauty of the Hudson River Valley area. Royalties from this book help support this important group.

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The Hudson: America's River

The Hudson: America's River

By Frances F. Dunwell

Frances F. Dunwell updates Hudson River Highlands in this book, The Hudson: America’s River, which makes it extremely clear that this is a highly unique river that should be treasured and cherished by all of America. The book describes the history of the Hudson, from erection of the Statue of Liberty and the famed Hudson River School of painting, to the history of the houses of the great industrialists that decided to make the banks of the Hudson their home, to the construction of the Eerie Canal, and many other highly historic events that were all witnessed by the majestic Hudson River. Dunewell has worked at various non-profit and governmental organizations for the past thirty years to conserve the Hudson, and this book is part of that effort. It makes readers realize the importance of this natural landmark and that it is something that needs to be saved for eternity.

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Hudson River Highlands

Hudson River Highlands

By Frances F. Dunwell

The Hudson River Highlands tells the history of the Hudson River Valley through beautiful images and text. This book is extremely enlightening and a celebration of the beauty of the unique landscape of the Hudson River and its surroundings. In the forward, Robert F. Kennedy Jr. writes: “The Hudson Highlands have changed the way our nation views its lands and natural resources and given us the tools to protect our environment as well as our spiritual and cultural heritage. We owe Fran our gratitude for capturing all this in her beautifully written book.” Frances Dunewll has dedicated seventeen years of her life to the preservation of this historically and environmentally rich region. She was, at the time of this books publishing, the Special Assistant to the Commissioner for the Hudson River Valley at the New York State Department of Environmental Conservation, and royalties for this book go to the Scenic Hudson and Hudson River Foundation to preserve this area.

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Along the Hudson and Mohawk: The 1790 Journey of Count Paolo Andreani

Along the Hudson and Mohawk: The 1790 Journey of Count Paolo Andreani

By Paolo Andreani, translated by Cesare Marino and Karim M. Tiro

Count Paolo Andreani’s diary of his trip along the Hudson and Mohawk Rivers in 1790 is one of the main primary sources for what life in New York State was like in the late eighteenth century. It is through his accounts that the reader can understand the great flux this region and the rest of the new nation was in at this time. Readers can also gain an insight into Native American life in this region at this time because Andreani held a great fascination with the culture and customs of the tribes of the Hudson and Mohawk River areas. This work has been translated completely for the first time in English by Cesare Marino, an anthropologist with the Smithsonian Institute, and Karim M. Tiro, an photographer and history professor at Xavier University.

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The Hudson: a History

The Hudson: a History

By Professor Tom Lewis

The Hudson: a History provides a history of the Hudson River in nine chapters that span the time of exploration to the twentieth century. This well written book eschews a complete history of the Hudson, skipping some major events and major figures, for some lesser known subjects. Nonetheless, this enlightening book does pay tribute to the Hudson, which has been central to not only the history of the surrounding areas, but to the United States as a whole. The author, Tom Lewis, is a professor of English at Skidmore University and also a published author; two of his books have been produced as documentaries.

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The Hudson River Valley Reader

The Hudson River Valley Reader

By Edward C. Goodman

Four hundred years ago, in 1609, Henry Hudson sailed up the mighty river that is known by his name- but it had also been called the Muh-he-kun-ne-tuk (Ever Flowing Waters in the language of the Mohicans) and “River of the Mountains” by sixteenth-century explorers. This river, since and before then, has been a source of inspiration and home to a wealth of nature, art, history, and legend. Editor Edward C. Goodman, general editor of the Avery Index to Architectural Periodicals of Columbia University, collects diverse, interesting, and enjoyable text and images pertaining to this region. This selection includes excerpts from writing by Washington Irving, William Cullen Bryant, and other literary figures, historical accounts including the travel log of Henry Hudson’s ship, and many more texts describing the geography, history, legends, literature, and art of the rich Hudson River Valley.

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