Society News

Society News

WANTED HISTORY BUFFS! Interested in the Greenport elementary school in the 1950’s, WWI groups and veterans in Columbia County, local manufacturing, or 19th century historical homes and town government? Work on the Collection awaits your enthusiasm. Always wanted to use your library skills? There is a drawer of books waiting to be catalogued and stored. The new acid free storage supplies are in. Help get a piece of glass fixed on a display case. Help save Greenport’s history!! Work session Weds May 23 10-12:30 at the Town Hall. Or by appointment!!
 

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Upcoming Program – May 17

Why is Alfred Buried Here?
DATE: Thursday, May 17 at 7 PM

After a brief business meeting, Conrad Hanson will present the evening’s program on the fabulously wealthy Alfred Corning Clark. Alfred was an international arts patron, real estate developer and philanthropist who passed away in 1896 at the relatively young age of fifty-two. His family possessed one of the 19th century’s great fortunes thanks to the Singer Sewing Machine. Their name was, and continues to be, strongly linked with various locales over time — including Cooperstown, where they maintained their summer residence; as well as New York City, where their real estate holdings included the fabled Dakota Apartment Building.

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Legend of Spook Rock

Legend of Spook Rock

As with most legends and folklore, there are many versions that have been handed down and The Legend of Spook Rock is no different. There are so many different ones, but one of the most romantic comes from “The Parsonage Between Two Manors” written by Elizabeth L. Gebhard in 1909 and printed by the Bryan Publishing Company in Hudson.

In early days it was the “custom of tolling the (church} bell at the passing of a life, or the hour of burial ….

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