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Vernon Benjamin on Maurice Hinchey and the New Consciousness in Environmental Thinking in New York

  • Maurice D. Hinchey Catskill Interpretive Center 5096 New York 28 Mount Tremper, NY, 12457 United States (map)

We are pleased to welcome back to the Catskill Interpretive Center renowned author and historian Vernon Benjamin. Join us on Saturday February 17 at 2pm as he presents a brand-new program,  "Maurice Hinchey and the New Consciousness in Environmental Thinking in New York."

Vernon Benjamin has a wide range of experience as a writer, journalist, researcher, administrator, public official, consultant, and community and environmental advocate. His 1982 study of the Saugerties Lighthouse was useful in saving and restoring that structure, and his work as Village Waterfront Revitalization Coordinator led to one of the first Local Waterfront Revitalization Plans in the state. Benjamin was a legislative aide to Assemblyman Maurice D. Hinchey from 1982-92. He is a former chair of Hudsonia, Ltd., Ulster County Reapportionment Commission member, and charter board member of Esopus Creek Conservancy, when Esopus Bend Nature Preserve was acquired with the assistance of the Catskill Center for Conservation and Development. His books, The History of the Hudson River Valley: From Wilderness to the Civil War and The History of the Hudson River Valley: From the Civil War to Modern Times were published by Overlook Press in 2015-16 and have sold more than 8,000 copies to date. The final chapter of that work, “The New Consciousness,” places Maurice Hinchey’s tenure as a New York State Assemblyman as a seminal part in the rise of environmentalism in New York.

Copies of his books will be available for sale and signing after the program. 

For more information please contact the CIC at 845-688-3369 or 


Earlier Event: February 16
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Later Event: February 23
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