Performers and Programs

Performer Information  
Stage name: Dr. Andrew J. Smith
Performer name: Dr. Andrew J. Smith
Phone: 845-942-5063
Mailing address: 61 Central Highway
Stony Point, NY 10980
E-mail address: as10984@aol.com
Previous appearances at: Nanuet Library, Newburgh Library, American Canoe Assn., Hudson River Masonic Lodge, Cornwall Library
Contact information for New York State Public Libraries
Information last updated: 04/29/2014

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Program
Category
Description
Fee
Train Stations of the Hudson Valley Region PAst and Present History
This slide show and lecture program is devoted to the largely forgotten and overlooked insitution of the local train depot. When the West Shore Line ceased operation in 1959 along with it went may train stations. Unfortunately, most of them are now long since demolished, but a few still remain as libraries, offices, and even privte residences, many of which are covered in thsi program.
$201- $350
Bring in the Seasons Nature- Environment,
Nature- Other,
Science
This program is held preferably in the beginning of each season and will involve a hands-on field trip into a nearby woodland. Attention will be directed to the various natural changes which are harbingers of each season such as plantlife, animals, weather patterns, some of which are obvious and some of which are subtle.
$201- $350
Iona Island: A Forgotten Piece of History History
Iona Island served the nation's as a munitions depot for over half a century, it employed many local people, and was even a place at one time which served as an experiment for a wealthy and eccentric man's interests in botany and faming. Today it lies a dormant remnant and is off limits to the public - the secrecy of it ahs invited and inspired some interesting and fascinating rumors and legends of what can be found there.
$201- $350
Plant Identification For Beginners Nature- Environment,
Nature- Gardening,
Science
A slide show and lecture offering an introdution to plant identification by using texts and field guides and by pointing out the characteristics to look for without getting into deep technical discussion and analysis> Nature study is often presented as too overpowering for many and this can be intimidating. this program is a user friendly approach to this field of study which should make it a fun experience rather than an overpowering one.
$201- $350
Legends and Folklore of the Hudson Valley History,
Nature- Environment
A lecture and slide show detailing several folk tales and true stories of the region. Included are hauntings and ghosts, lost mines, peculiar landmarks. Many of these sites can still be visited by interested parties.
$201- $350
Schoolhouses of the Hudson Valley History,
Visual Arts- Other
Prior to 1950 there were over 40 school districts in Rockland County while today, hardly 50 years later, there are only seven. This program addresses the history of these schools, including some which still physically exist, although none function as schools, but usually as offices, residences, and community centers.
$201- $350
Vanishing Landmarks of the Region History
Lecture and slide show on houses, barns, hitching posts, mansions, and many other landmarks which were local institutions that are within memory of many residents but are disappearing rapidly.
$201- $350
Benedict Arnold: The Story Behind the Man History
Benedict Arnold is known today as simply a traitor, but he was much more than a simple black and white figure. This program discusses his achievements and the events leading up to his treasonous act and the people around him.
$201- $350
Emerging Theories of Pre-Columbian History History,
Multicultural- Native American
Diffusionism is a title for a branch of archaeology which asserts that there were Old World cultures in the Americas long before Columbus sailed. In recent years findings throughout the New World have necessitated a reevaluation of the Land Bridge Theory. This programs presents some of the evidence for this as well as some of the information arising from current research.
$201- $350
How To Read the Woods (AKA Landscape Archaeology) History,
Nature- Environment,
Science
Into this century what are now park woodlands were inhabited by small communities. As one travels these areas, evidence of former habitations can be seen--evidence such as foundations, stone walls, wells fruit trees, trash heaps, latrine pits, and introduced plant species are common and obvious. But most people don't realize what they are looking at when they see it. This show is an introduction to what is actually a form of archaeology which explains to those who frequently hike or otherwise are in the forest and fields, how to differentiate between the works of man and the works of nature. Can also be done in conjunction with a field trip.
$201- $350
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