New Hudson River Valley Review focuses on USMA

"The Point," The United States Military Academy at West Point is cover story of Spring 2013 issue, out now

POUGHKEEPSIE – The Spring 2013 issue of The Hudson River Valley Review is out now. The diverse articles in this issue perfectly illustrate the pervasive and lasting influence of the Hudson River Valley in shaping America’s destiny.

The cover article, on a pivotal era at the United States Military Academy at West Point, is adapted from the Hudson River Valley Institute (HRVI) at Marist College's 2013 Cunneen-Hackett Lecture in Hudson River Valley History. The issue continues HRVI's com­memoration of the Civil War sesquicentennial with “‘Musket Balls Was Thicker Then any Hail….,’” which traces the heroic actions at Gettysburg of Green County soldiers in the 120th New York Regiment.HRVR cover

More semi-regular features have been added to ensure a diversity of topics in every issue. The Scholarly Forum includes three reviews of David Schuyler’s Sanctified Landscape: Writers, Artists, and the Hudson River Valley, 1820-1909, as well as the author’s response to them. The inaugural Pictorial Essay explores the nation’s changing attitudes toward the environment by examining the landscape surrounding Palmer Falls in upstate Corinth—a tourist destination that became an industrial powerhouse. Teaching the Hudson River Valley is another new feature that will occasionally highlight local programs, strategies, and individuals leading the way in the practice of regional studies and place-based education; appropriately, it begins with an overview of the Teaching the Hudson Valley program and its summer teach­ers’ institute.

You can preview the issue, read the contributors’ notes, Book Reviews, and New and Noteworthy Books online at:

The Hudson RIver Valley Review is available at select booksellers and museum giftshops throughout the region for $15.00 each. Subscriptions are available through the website at:, or by calling 845-575-3052. A one-year subscription (two issues) is $20.00, save even more by subscribing for two years at $35.00.

 Articles in the Spring 2013 issue:

  • Carved from Granite but Steeped in Change: West Point and the Making of Leaders, Lance Betros
  •  “The Musket Balls Was Thicker Then Any Hail”: The Greene County Men of The 120th at Gettysburg, Ted Hilscher

Scholarly Forum

The Nineteenth-Century Hudson River and National Identity, Frances Dunwell, Roger Panetta, Thomas S. Wermuth, & David Schuyler

 Pictorial Essay

From Picturesque to Profane: A Cultural History of the Hudson River’s Palmer Falls, Stephen Cernek

 Teaching the Hudson River Valley

The Teaching the Hudson Valley program and Teachers’ Institute, Christina Ritter

 Regional History Forum

  • Opus 40, Taylor Mullaney
  • 300 Years of Dutchess County Democracy, Samantha Dutchess Halliday

 As usual, the issue also includes a selection of poetry in Regional Writing, four full book reviews, and a list of New and Noteworthy titles as well.