Author & Speaker, Robi Josephson

 

 

Programs


Updated 4-28-18

   
 
 
   


Co-authors Robi Josephson and Bob Larsen
Published by Black Dome Press, 2013
Delmar, New York, $24.95.
See "Books" tab
 


Lake Mohonk House, 1860s, John F. Stokes, Proprietor
Currier & Ives print, courtesy of the Library of Congress,
LC-USZC2-2740

   
   

Contact Robi at rjhudson@hvc.rr.com to schedule programs for your school, museum,
library, historical society, or book club. Please give two months notice.


   
   
Trapps Book Program
 
Mohonk Talk & Slide Program
   
   

~ Newly Scheduled 2018 Programs ~
Bookings are from April to November.


   
   
An Unforgiving Land
Hardscrabble Life in the Trapps,
a Vanished Shawangunk Mountain Hamlet
 
Enterprise
& Courage:
The Civil War Years at Lake Mohonk
   
    From the back cover: "The Shawangunk Mountains of New York's Ulster County are a protected region of stunning natural beauty, with hundreds of acres under the stewardship of the Mohonk Preserve and the Minnewaska State Park Preserve. The range is "one of Earth's last great places" and a hikers' and rock climbers' paradise, but it was not always this way. ~Read more ...   Talk & Slide Show: While tensions brew between North and South during the 1850s, an idea brews in the mind of an Ulster County farmer. His idea is simple yet grand: establish a must-see destination at a remarkable lake high atop the Shawangunk Mountains.
~Read more...

   
   

Hardscrabble Life in the Gunks
Talk & Slide Show:
Author Robi Josephson presents "Hardscrabble Life in the Gunks," an illustrated talk about The Trapps, a vanished mountain hamlet of the Shawangunk Mountains.  Today, the lands between Lakes Mohonk and Minnewaska are protected, but a century and more ago it was home to 250 to 300 people who scratched a living from a rocky and unforgiving land.  Learn just how hardscrabble a life it was, including the story of the Enderly family who lost seven members during the Spanish flu epidemic of 1918.

 

     
   

JUNE

Wednesday, June 6, 7 PM
New Paltz Historical Society

New Paltz Community Center
3 Veterans Drive, New Paltz
(off Route 32 about 3/4 mile north of Main Street on the right). Book sales will benefit the historical society. Free. Donations appreciated. New members welcome. Refreshments.

       
   


Wednesday, June 20, 7:30 PM
Historical Society of Walden &
the Wallkill Valley

34 North Montgomery Street, Walden
Robi's two books will be on sale, with 50% of the profits being donated to the Historical Society.  Free. Refreshments.  
Become a member!


       
   
Other Guest Appearances for 2018
   
   


 

JUNE

Saturday, June 2, 11 am to 4 pm:
Wallkill Valley Land Trust annual house tour
"Plattekill's Rural Treasures"
Details at www.wallkillvalleylt.org
Find Robi in costume at one of the houses on this
self-guided tour!


SEPTEMBER

Saturday, September 22:
Stony Kill Farms Community Fair,
Town of Fishkill, info TBA.

   
    Contact Robi at rjhudson@hvc.rr.com to schedule programs for your school, museum,
library, historical society, or book club. Please give two months notice.
   
         
         
   
Past Programs ~ 2017
   
   


SEPEMBER
Thursday, September 14, 5 pm
11th Dennis O'Keefe Memorial Lecture
Sponsored by the Friends of Sojourner Truth Library, SUNY New Paltz

4:30 pm, Reception
5:00 pm, Coykendall Science Building Auditorium.
Campus Parking $2/Kiosks or Street.

Annual Dennis O’Keefe Memorial Lectures "Established in 2007 to honor Dennis O’Keefe, ’73, a long-time staff member of the Sojourner Truth Library, who positively impacted the lives of thousands of New Paltz students, staff, faculty and community members.   Dennis also served with the New Paltz Volunteer Fire Department.  The Annual Lecture, dedicated to his memory, celebrates an aspect of his wide range of interests and contributions." ~ From the Friends of Sojourner Truth website (visit the website)

 


JUNE
Sunday, June 11, 2 pm
Time and the Valleys Museum
332 Main Street
Grahamsville, NY 12740
845-985-7700 / Refreshments
Free for members/ $3 for non-members
Sales of Robi's book benefit the Museum.

JULY
Saturday, July 22, 4:30 pm
Cragsmoor Historical Society
349 Cragsmoor Road, off Route 52
Cragsmoor, NY 12420 (next to the Library)
845-647-3245. Refreshments.
Donations gratefully accepted.
Sales of Robi's books benefit the Society.

   
   

 

   
    Past Programs ~ 2016        
   

AUGUST
Wednesday, August 10, 1:45 pm
New Paltz-Gardiner Senior Citizens Club VFW Post 8645
101 New York Rte 208 (S. Chestnut Street)
New Paltz NY 12561
Club Contact: 845-256-9490

 

JUNE
Wednesday, June 1, 7 pm
New Paltz Historical Society
New Paltz Community Center, 3 Veterans Drive, behind the former New Paltz Town Hall. For more info, call 845-255-7629 (Society number) or 255-3631 (Community Center) Free--Open to the Public

   
       

Monday, June 6
Historical Club of Middletown
Middletown, NY
Private Meeting.

   
   
 
 

SEPTEMBER
Friday, September 16
Friends of Historic Rochester, Accord, NY
Private Meeting.

   
    Past Programs ~ 2015        
   

MAY
Friday, May 8, 2015 10 am
Mount Saint Mary College
Desmond Campus for Adult Enrichment
6 Albany Post Road, Newburgh, NY 12550
845-565-2076

 

APRIL
Saturday, April 11, 2015
Minisink Chapter, National Society Daughters of the American Revolution
Goshen, NY.
Private Luncheon

   
   

JUNE
Monday, June 15, 2015
Historical Club of Middletown
Middletown, NY.
Private meeting.

 

JULY
Sunday, July 12, 2015 at 3:00 pm
Free for UCHS members / $7 for the general public
Ulster County Historical Soc, Bevier House,
2682 US Route 209, Kingston, NY 12401
845-338-5614

   
   

OCTOBER
Sunday, October 25, 2015, 2 pm
Time and the Valleys Museum
Daniel Pierce Library community room
328 Main St., Grahamsville, NY 12740
845-985-7233

 


Wednesday, July 15, 2015 at 2 pm
The Fountains at Millbrook
79 Flint Road, Millbrook, NY, 12545
845-905-8000 Programs at this retirement community are offered free to the public.

   
   

NOVEMBER
Sunday, November 2, 7:30 pm
Lloyd Historical Preservation Society
Vineyard Commons, 300 Vineyard Ave.
Highland, NY 12528, 845-610-3662
Program held at the Theater

 

SEPTEMBER
Wednesday, September 30, 2015, 7 pm
Rosendale Library
264 Main Street, Rosendale, NY 12472
845-658-9013

   
   

Quotes and Reviews:

"She was great; a real pro."  Resident at The Fountains, a retirement community in Millbrook, NY, after attending Robi's Lake Mohonk program on July 15, 2015.

"Thanks so much for the very lively, entertaining and informative presentation...It made for a day that was one of the highlights of our year, as was your talk last year on the Trapps."  Maureen Krueger, Board of Trustees, Ulster County Historical Society, after attending Robi’s Lake Mohonk program presented at the Society’s Bevier House, Route 209, Kingston, NY, on July 12, 2015.

Excerpt, John Conway’s review, Sullivan County Democrat (NY), 10/23/2015:  “…the Trapps became a place of legend and folklore. Few outsiders knew of its existence, and fewer still ever visited. Some of the incredible stories that became part of the Trapps legend were true; most were not, but for decades it was almost impossible to know which were which.  That all changed in 2013 when Black Dome Press published the book, An Unforgiving Land: Hardscrabble Life in the Trapps, a Vanished Shawangunk Mountain Hamlet by Robi Josephson and Bob Larsen, which is undeniably the definitive work on the history of the community.” By permission, John Conway.

   
   

Past Programs ~ 2014

       
   

APRIL
Wednesday, April 9, 2014, 7 pm
Rosendale Library
264 Main Street, Rosendale, NY 12472
845-658-9013

 

 

   
   

MAY
Saturday, May 31, 2014, 4 pm
Cragsmoor Historical Society
349 Cragsmoor Rd., Cragsmoor, NY 12420 845-647-6487 ~Read More...

 

 

   
   

JULY
Saturday, July 19, 2014, 2 pm
Plattekill Historical Society
At the Clintondale Fire Department
1063 US Route 44/55 Clintondale, NY 12515 / 845-883-6118
AUGUST
Friday, August 22, 2014, 7 pm
D & H Canal Museum
23 Mohonk Road, High Falls, NY 12440
845-687-9311

 

JULY
Wednesday, July 30, 2014, 10 am
Adriance Library
93 Market Street, Poughkeepsie, NY 12601
845-485-3445
~ Program Review
~
"I just want to say how thoroughly enjoyable your presentation was today! I always learn something new about Mohonk and the history of how it came about. Your slides were enjoyable!"
~ Gayle Turowski

   
   

OCTOBER
Wednesday, October 15, 7 pm
Historical Society of Walden
and the Wallkill Valley
Jacob T. Walden House, 34 North
Montgomery Street, Walden , NY 12586

 

OCTOBER
Friday, October 10, 2014, 10 am
Mount Saint Mary College
Desmond Campus for Adult Enrichment
6 Albany Post Road, Newburgh, NY 12550
845-565-2076

   
   

~ Program Review ~
"Our October [2014] guest speaker, Robi Josephson, presented an absolutely enthralling talk…” ~ The Historical Society of Walden and the Wallkill Valley

       
   

NOVEMBER
Sunday, November 9, 3 pm
Ulster County Historical Society
2682 US Route 209, Kingston, NY 12401
845-338-5614 for directions to the Bevier House, Society Headquarter
s, Free for UCHS members / $7 for the general public

 
 
 
   
   
Past Programs ~ 2013 & Previous
       
   

DECEMBER
Sunday, December 8th, 4 pm
An Unforgiving Land:
Hardscrabble Life in the Trapps,
A Vanished Shawangunk
Mountain Hamlet

Book launch, illustrated talk & book signing.
Inquiring Minds bookstore
6 Church St., New Paltz, NY 12561
845-255-8300

 

Bob Larsen, Mohonk Preserve Cultural Historian, and Robi Josephson, author and Preserve volunteer, presented their new long-awaited book, An Unforgiving Land: Hardscrabble Life in the Trapps, A Vanished Shawangunk Mountain Hamlet, published by Black Dome Press, Delmar, New York. Learn how a pioneer settlement grew during the 19th century into a bustling mountain community and how the Trapps people forged a living from a harsh and unforgiving landscape.

This new book is based on Bob’s groundbreaking research and their combined 50-year odyssey, including extensive oral histories from the last generation born and raised in the Trapps. Many of the book’s illustrations and everyday items of the period will be on display. Robi and Bob will sign copies of their book, An Unforgiving Land.

   
   

Saturday, December 7th, 10 am - 3 pm
Book sale & book signing.

An Unforgiving Land: Hardscrabble Life in the Trapps, A Vanished Shawangunk Mountain Hamlet

Stone Ridge Library Holiday Sale
Main Street, Stone Ridge, New York

Featured books:
Mohonk Mountain House and Preserve
by Robi Josephson; and An Unforgiving Land: Hardscrabble Life in the Trapps, A Vanished Shawangunk Mountain Hamlet by Robi Josephson and Bob Larsen
.

 
 
See more photos-- Slide shows are now also viewable in mobile devices.
   
   

NOVEMBER 2013

Premiere of the new book & book signing

Saturday, November 23, 2013, 3-5 pm
Mohonk Preserve Visitor Center

3197 Route 44/55, Gardiner, New York.

An Unforgiving Land:
Hardscrabble Life in the Trapps, A Vanished Shawangunk Mountain Hamlet

 

 

Sponsored by Ulster Savings and Marshall & Sterling Enterprises, Inc. Bob Larsen, Mohonk Preserve Cultural Historian, and Robi Josephson, author and Preserve volunteer, celebrated the premiere of their long-awaited book, An Unforgiving Land: Hardscrabble Life in the Trapps, A Vanished Shawangunk Mountain Hamlet, published by Black Dome Press, Delmar, New York.

Learn how a pioneer settlement grew during the 19th century into a bustling mountain community and how the Trapps people forged a living from a harsh and unforgiving landscape. This new book is based on Bob’s groundbreaking research and their combined 50-year odyssey, including extensive oral histories from the last generation born and raised in the Trapps. Many of the book’s illustrations and everyday items of the period will be on display. Robi and Bob signed copies of An Unforgiving Land, with sales from their book signing donated to the Mohonk Preserve.

   
   


Wednesday, October 16, 2013, 7 pm
Historical Society of Walden
and the Wallkill Valley

at the Jacob T. Walden House, Walden, NY


Photo by G.Yeaple
See more p
hotos--Slide shows are now also viewable on mobile devices.

 


Enterprise and Courage:
The Civil War Years at Lake Mohonk

Robi presented her talk and slide show, Enterprise and Courage: The Civil War Years at Lake Mohonk at the Jacob T. Walden House on Wednesday, October 16th at 7:30PM. The Jacob T. Walden House is located at 34 North Montgomery Street, Walden, New York, for the Historical Society of Walden and the Wallkill Valley.

"While tensions build between North and South during the 1850s, an idea brews in the mind of an Ulster County farmer. His idea is simple yet grand: establish a must-see destination at a remarkable lake high atop the Shawangunk Mountains. ...Some of the Civil war soldiers came from now-vanished villages near Mohonk. When the war ended in 1865, survivors returned to the mountain, and Americans--1,400 that year--
celebrated with a visit to the Lake Mohonk House of John F. Stokes."

   
   
Living history program for
Mohonk Mountain House, 1996.

 


Photo by Ted Reiss

   
       
Updated 4-28-18