First Lecture in March Celebrates Women’s History Month
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
KINGSTON, N.Y. – The Hudson River Maritime Museum is pleased to announce the return of its popular Follow the River Lecture Series, which is going virtual! Held twice monthly on Wednesdays, the lectures cover a wide variety of maritime and Hudson River-related topics.
“We are especially pleased that the new, virtual format has allowed us to host speakers from across the country,” said Director of Exhibits & Outreach, Sarah Wassberg Johnson, who coordinates the lecture series. “Even after we are able to return to in-person lectures, we intend to keep virtual attendance as an option.”
Wassberg Johnson will also be the first speaker of the season, celebrating Women’s History Month with her talk, “Keepers of the Light: Women Lighthouse Keepers of the Hudson,” scheduled for Wednesday, March 17, 2021 at 7:00 p.m. Covering the history of women lighthouse keepers, residents, and preservationists, spanning from the 1830s to the 1980s, the lecture includes special emphasis on local heroine Catherine Murdock, who kept the Rondout Lighthouse for 50 years.
Other talks include “Ulysses S. Grant’s Tomb: The Monument on the Hudson,” by award-winning author Louis L. Picone, scheduled for Wednesday, March 31, 2021, “The New York Kidnapping Club,” by historian and author Dr. Jonathan Daniel Wells, scheduled for Wednesday, April 7, 2021, “The Hudson River in the Ice Age” by geologists and authors Robert & Johanna Titus, scheduled for Wednesday, April 21, 2021, and “New York and the Illegal Slave Trade During the Civil War Era,” by historian and author Dr. John Harris, scheduled for Wednesday, May 19, 2021.
All programs begin at 7:00 p.m. EST and are hosted via Zoom. Tickets are $5 for the general public and free for Hudson River Maritime Museum members.
More lectures are being confirmed daily. Those interested in attending can view upcoming lectures and register at www.hrmm.org/lecture-series.
The Follow the River Lecture Series is sponsored by Rondout Savings Bank.
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