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“Hudson Valley Riverside Moguls: The Rise of Steel Rails” debuts at Hendrick Hudson Library

Hudson Valley Riverside Moguls: The Rise of Steel Rails debuts at Hendrick Hudson Library

Captain of Industry or Robber Barons? Alex Prizgintas presents the Hudson Valley Riverside Moguls: Wealth and Power in the Hudson Valley Part 1: The Rise of Steel Rails.

Whether viewed as “Captains of Industry” who were philanthropic, or “Robber Barons” who were monopolistic and treated workers badly, the Hudson Valley is ripe and rich with history, mansions, estates, and legacies built during America’s Gilded Age.

From the Vanderbilts of Hyde Park to Jay Gould’s purchase of Tarrytown’s Lyndhurst estate and the vast land holdings of E. H. Harriman in Orange County, the Hudson Valley has been home to many of the Gilded Age’s most illustrious, and infamous, titans of industry. Though their empires were not always centered in New York, the glamorous estates of these nineteenth-century moguls offer glimpses into a rich era of the past that binds the nation with the Hudson Valley. Join author, historian, musician, and preservationist Alex Prizgintas at the Hendrick Hudson Public Library in Montrose on Sunday, June 23rd at 2:00 PM as he shares the stories of “riverside moguls” from the Hudson Valley and the transformation of their estates through time. Part one of this program, titled “Rise of Steel Rails,” focuses on five figures from the growth of American Railroads.  Stay tuned for part two, which will be presented in the fall.

To register for this event at the Hendrick Hudson Free Library, click here.

Alex Prizgintas mission is to preserve, promote, and publish topics of local history. Alex invites audiences to join him in learning about those who preceded through the stories he has learned from history’s unexpected events.

A graduate of Marist College with degrees in Hudson River Valley History and Public Administration, Alex has been published in the Hudson River Valley Review, New York Archives Magazine, and Orange County Historical Society Journal on topics including Hudson River railroad history, Orange County’s dairy farming history, and the region’s early settlers. He serves as president of the Woodbury Historical Society in Orange County, New York.

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About the Contributor
Dave Mueller
As a Peekskill native, Dave is thrilled to be working with the Peekskill Herald showcasing featured calendar events. A 1999 graduate of PHS, he remembers reading and enjoying the original weekly print edition of the Peekskill Herald every Thursday. He especially liked the political stories, local features and sports coverage when it was written by Peekskill Runner columnist Jack Burns who always managed to weave history into the running times. An avid hiker, he enjoys exploring the local trails as well as the concrete ones in his job as a conductor for Metro North Railroad. He’s a former teacher and co-founder of the Friends of the Peekskill Dog Park, where he frequently can be found with his Koda. He’s happy to be part of the Herald’s growth as the source of local news for Peekskill and looks forward to highlighting a few of many of the events and happenings in Peekskill and the surrounding communities. Reach Dave at [email protected]