THE RHINEBECK HISTORICAL SOCIETY – Upcoming Programs

Rhinebeck Community Forum

Friday, February 24, at 7:30pm at the Starr Library, The History of the Bluestone Industry

Robert Donaldson, the author of Chronicles of Ulster: Volumes I and II, is a graduate of Marist College and the SUNY at New Paltz.  He is retired from Rhinebeck High School where he taught law and European History. Relying on information from 19th Century news articles, mostly from The Kingston Daily Freeman, New York City and Port Jervis newspapers, state journals, articles found on the internet, along with records from the Town of Kingston and Ulster County archives, local author Robert Donaldson will discuss  the origin, growth and decline of the bluestone industry in Ulster County, New York, including information about the people who developed the bluestone trade, as well as those who worked the quarries.  He will also present information about John Fletcher Kilgour, the Bluestone King, and his role in the growth of…

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