Art, Industry, and History Come Together Sculpture Expo 2015 discussion at Elmendorph Inn



(RED HOOK, NY) —  As part of Sculpture Expo2015, Red Hook Public Library, Red Hook Community Arts Network, and Historic Red Hook will present “Intersection of Art and History: Ice Harvesting in the Hudson Valley at 6 p.m. Thursday, July 30, at the Elmendorph Inn. This video presentation and discussion will focus on artist Conrad Levenson’s sculpture exhibit “On the Cutting Edge,” and the history behind the ice saws used in his creations.


Joining Levenson will be historian Larry Thetford, who has put together the exhibit on ice harvesting housed upstairs at Historic Red Hook. Thetford restores historic buildings and has a passion for old tools, particularly those of ice harvesting.


Jim Haraldsen rounds out the trio. The 90-year-old young has first-hand experience of ice harvesting in Germantown. For three years he worked for Abraham Rockefeller’s company handling horses, laying grid outlines, and scoring ice for cutting into blocks before it was warehoused. He brings a rare personal account of the industry which employed thousands in our area for two centuries. Ice harvesting provided a means of food preservation as well as crucial employment for farmers over winter, and millions of tons were used here and shipped to New York City.


This program is free and open to the public. Light refreshments will be served.


Red Hook Public Library has been serving the community of Red Hook and its need for lifelong learning since 1898. In 1935, the library made its home in a mid-nineteenth century octagonal building based on the designs of Orson Squire Fowler. In 2013 and 2014, it was designated a five-star library by Library Journal. The library was chosen as a finalist for the Best Small Library in America award, given by Library Journal and the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, in 2015.


For more information, call the Red Hook Public Library, 845-758-3241. The library is located at 7444 S. Broadway in Red Hook and on the Web at