In the long history of the Hudson River, there have been some truly extraordinary women. From lighthouse keepers and steamboat crews to political movers and shakers, we've put together a list of our favorite blog posts highlighting some of the Hudson River Valley's most fascinating ladies. To read each post, just click on the photo or title. Enjoy, and Happy Women's History Month!
Fannie M. Anthony - Stewardess of the Mary Powell
Fannie M. Anthony was Stewardess aboard the steamboat Mary Powell for more than 40 years, from approximately 1870-1912. Of mixed Indigenous and Black heritage, Fannie fought stereotypes to become a beloved figure on the Hudson River.
Dorcas Schoonmaker vs. the President
When her husband Abram died, Dorcas took his place as keeper of the Saugerties Lighthouse in the 1840s. But at a time when all lighthouse keepers were political appointees, a change in the Presidency put her career at risk.
Media Monday: Kate Walker and Robbins Reef Lighthouse
From 1890 to 1919 Kate Walker kept the Robbins Reef Lighthouse. Located in the middle of New York Harbor, south of the Statue of Liberty, Kate kept the light burning.
Kate and Ellen Crowley - Heroic Guardians of the Saugerties Light
When their father lost his sight, Kate Crowley took his place as keeper of the Saugerties Lighthouse in the 1870s. With her sister Ellen, they kept the light, cared for their parents, and even affected daring rescues.
Woman Welder on the Rondout
Danish widow and welder Mrs. Catherine Nelson is the only woman known to have worked on the construction of the Rondout Creek Suspension Bridge, in 1921.
Women in the Forest: Tree Ladies and the Creation of the Palisades Interstate Park
Guest author Jeanne Haffner, PhD recounts how women helped save the Palisades and build the Palisades Interstate Park.
The Women of Schuyler Mansion
Guest author Danielle Funicello traces the lives of the Schuyler women and their impact on New York State and national history.
The Indomitable Catherine Murdock
The local favorite! Catherine Murdock served as keeper of the Rondout Lighthouse for over 50 years, from 1856 to 1907.
For more Women's history, join us for the virtual lecture "Espionage and Enslavement in the Revolution: The True Story of Robert Townsend and Elizabeth" by Claire Bellerjeau on Wednesday, April 13, 2022 at 7:00 PM on Zoom!
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