New Issue of The Hudson River Valley Review Covers 300 Years of Regional History

Julia Fishman

May 29, 2018 — Three hundred years of history fill the pages of the latest issue of The Hudson River Valley Review. This latest edition spans the Colonial Dutch, and enslaved African, celebration of Pinkster, the Revolutionary-era recollections of a French gentleman and American farmer, past World War I recollections of an Orange County man, and the establishment of the Hudson River Valley Greenway. All this and more is represented in the spring 2018 issue of the Review, which also introduces a bigger, more expansive format.

“The topics may be familiar, but the perspectives and details contained within these articles present something new for everyone,” said Christopher Pryslopski, Program Director of the Hudson River Valley Institute at Marist College, publisher of the Review. Pryslopski notes that highlights from the issue include:

  • Jeroen Dewulf’s survey of historic literary references to the Dutch celebration of Pinkster—an important glimpse into the daily lives of the Dutch colonists and African-Americans in New Netherland.

  • “Hector St. John,” as he introduced himself to his Orange County neighbors, is best known as the author behind “Letters from an American Farmer,” celebrating the character and community of young America. But the experiences of the author, and the circumstances under which he published the memoir, reveal less admirable qualities as well as a series of improbable coincidences that prove how exciting history can really be.
  • The Regional History Forum spotlighting Washington Irving’s Sunnyside Estate provides another glimpse of that same historic insight and intrigue.
  • Orange County’s David Wright Hudson enlisted and shipped out to Europe during World War I where he recorded his experiences in letters that vividly recount his life in the trenches and immediately after the war, providing a personal and immediate sense of the experience of an enlisted man.
  • In the early 1900s, New York City had outgrown its water supply and began waging what one author has declared a “water war” in order to slake its thirst and fuel further growth. Successive mayors battled to gain a watershed in the Catskills, eventually winning a costly victory that continues to shape upstate-downstate relations.
  • More recently, the Hudson River Valley Greenway has worked to promote this same region as a destination and a key component of our nation’s natural and cultural heritage. Author Barnabas McHenry has been involved with the Greenway since the 1980s, and offers a “Personal Reflection” on its evolution and influence with his trademark insights and perceptive asides.

Preview the issue and read the Regional History Forum, Book Reviews, and New and Noteworthy Books online at

The Hudson River Valley Review is available at select booksellers and museum gift-shops 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.

About the Hudson River Valley Institute

The Hudson River Valley Institute at Marist College is the center for the study and promotion of the Hudson River Valley, providing information about the region’s history, culture, economy, and environment, and educational resources to teachers, students, and others through, public programming, and The Hudson River Valley Review. This biannual journal covers all aspects of regional history. All articles in The Hudson River Valley Review undergo peer analysis.

About Marist

Located on the banks of the historic Hudson River and at its Florence, Italy campus, Marist College is a comprehensive, independent institution grounded in the liberal arts. Its mission is to “help students develop the intellect, character, and skills required for enlightened, ethical, and productive lives in the global community of the 21st century.” Marist is consistently recognized for excellence by The Princeton Review (Colleges That Create Futures and The Best 381 Colleges), U.S. News & World Report (9th Best Regional University/North), Kiplinger’s Personal Finance (“Best College Values”), and others. Marist educates approximately 5,000 traditional-age undergraduate students and 1,400 adult and graduate students in 47 undergraduate majors and numerous graduate programs, including fully online MBA, MPA, MS, and MA degrees.

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