Representatives of the history community within the Catskills are invited to come to this gathering for the purpose of learning more about each other, to examine opportunities for collaboration and to discuss the possible formation of an alliance that would promote and advocate on behalf of local history.
It is our hope that, by coming together, we will not only enhance our collective awareness of the institutions and offices in our region, but that the conference might also serve as a stepping stone toward future initiatives through which, as a unified force, we can better advocate for the resources and assistance we need to effectively preserve and promote the history of the Catskills.
There will be remarks by Ray LaFever, Region 4 Coordinator of the Association of Public Historians of New York State. There will be a presentation by author Bob Steuding, "Researching the History of the Catskills."; and there will be group discussions on organizing to advocate for the collective work of Catskill historians.
There is a registration fee of $20 which includes a light breakfast and lunch. Local Catskill historians and historical societies need to pre-register by contacting Michael Drillinger of the Catskill Center. Either call him at: 845-586-2611 or preferably email Michael: firstname.lastname@example.org.
About Bob Steuding:
A writer on Catskill Mountain and Hudson River Valley subjects since the 1960s, Bob Steuding has served the region as a teacher, town historian, and county poet laureate. A native of the Catskills, Steuding is the author of two collections of poetry-- Ashokan and Winter Sun--as well as A Catskill Mountain Journal; a critical biography of Pulitzer Prize poet Gary Snyder; and three regional histories-- The Last of the Handmade Dams: The Story of the Ashokan Reservoir, Rondout: A Hudson River Port, and The Heart of the Catskills. For more information on his work, contact: Wray Rominger email@example.com, or Bob Steuding at: 845-657-8342 or 845-687-5069.