Thursday, April 23, 2009

A weekend of Quad events

Reminder -- two Quad-connected events in our area this weekend that look well worth checking out:

Before Hudson: 8,000 Years of Native American History and Culture, a conference and exhibit from Historic Huguenot Street, will shine a light on the people who were here to greet explorer Henry Hudson and the Europeans that followed him to settle the region. The exhibit is based on recent archaeological finds at Historic Huguenot Street that have helped broaden the understanding of Native American presence on the site. Many of these discoveries were made by the Archaeological Field School conducted during summers at Historic Huguenot Street since 1998.

The exhibit opens on Friday, April 24 at 6 p.m. in the DuBois Fort Visitor Center on Huguenot Street in New Paltz. The opening is free and open to the public. More details here.

And ...

Here comes the annual Chancellor’s Sheep & Wool Showcase at Clermont State Historic Site, which is the first in a series of 2009 celebrations at the museum in Germantown honoring the Hudson-Fulton-Champlain Quadricentennial celebration. The former Livingston estate has a strong Quad connection as one of its owners, Chancellor Robert R. Livingston, was a partner of Robert Fulton's steamboat project. During the showcase, you can listen to steamboat expert Travis Bowman explain the connection between Merino sheep and the first sailing of the Fulton steamboat in 1807.

The showcase takes place on Saturday, April 25 from 11 a.m.-4:30 p.m. More details here.

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