Wednesday, September 24, 2008

Hudson Valley Dutch heritage

Learn about the cultural practices brought here by the region’s 17th century Dutch settlers that had a lasting impact on American life. "The Forgotten Holidays" is a free program that takes place at 7:30 p.m. Thursday (Sept. 25), presented by the Hurley Heritage Society at the Hurley Reformed Church, 17 Main St., Hurley.

Peter G. Rose is a Hudson Valley resident and native of the Netherlands who has written and lectured extensively about the Hudson Valley’s Dutch heritage. A noted food historian,
she won the Alice P. Kenney Award for research and writing on the food customs and diet of the Dutch settlers in New Netherland in 2002.

During her talk in Hurley, Rose will discuss not only the recent-day celebration of Christmas, but also the festivities surrounding New Year’s, Pinkster and other celebratory events such as the birth of a child. She’ll also show slides illustrating the various festive occasions.

Refreshments will be served. For more information and directions, please call 845-338-1661.

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