Due to unforeseen circumstances, the program on Friday night January 31st, “Ice Harvesting on the Hudson”, has been rescheduled to Friday night ￼ at 7pm.
150 years ago, in the days before mechanical refrigeration, the ice on rivers and ponds was a crop. When January rolled around and the ice was ripe, it was time to harvest. Ice harvested from the Hudson River, lakes, and ponds served many purposes during the 19th and early 20th centuries. The growing meat packing and brewing industries needed it. People needed ice at home, too. Iceboxes – large wooden coolers using blocks of ice – were common well into the 1930’s and 40’s. David Miller, President of the Historical Society, will tell you the story of the thousands of men who harvested ice around the Hudson Valley for one dollar a day to feed their families during the winter months when other work was scarce. Refreshments will be served.