Society News

Society News

The wonderful Legend of Spook Rock has been part of our local history forever. Thanks to Michael Leonard’s keen eye catching a notice that the William G. Pomeroy Foundation now had a grant program that funded markers for Legends and Lore, and bringing it to David’s attention just before the deadline, we were able to submit an application just in the nick of time. We believe they loved the legend as much as we do because after a few bits of correspondence with them, they notified us that we were successful …

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Upcoming Programs

Upcoming Programs

JULY 21
Nature’s New Deal: The Great Depression and Franklin Roosevelt in New York’s Hudson Valley
Neil Maher, Associate Professor; Federated History Department; New Jersey Institute of Technology and Rutgers University at Newark.

AUGUST 18
Annual Member Picnic at the Hudson Boat Club

SEPTEMBER 15
The History of Old-Time Radio
Ron Gabriele, Former Director of Athletics and Associate Professor of Health and Physical Education at Columbia-Greene Community College; now retired.

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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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