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"The Gunks Ridge and Valley Towns Through Time," a book talk and signing with Ronald G. Knapp & Michael Neil O'Donnell

  • Deyo Hall 6 Broadhead Avenue New Paltz, NY 12561 USA (map)

Join us for a talk and book signing with Ronald G. Knapp and Michael Neil O'Donnell, authors of The Gunks (Shawangunk Mountains) Ridge and Valley Towns Through Time, an illustrated history of the Shawangunk Mountains and its surrounding ridge and valley towns (including New Paltz and Historic Huguenot Street). Nearly 200 old and new comparative photographs reveal how The Gunks — both the ridge itself and the valley towns — have changed over the past century. The book is adorned with full-color images throughout and detailed captions packed with historical information. 

Ronald G. Knapp has been carrying out research on the cultural and historical geography of China's countryside since 1965 and more recently in the United States. Trained in geography and history at Stetson University (BA 1962) and the University of Pittsburgh (PhD 1968), he has analyzed, celebrated, and promoted understanding of China's domestic architectural heritage through his writings and lectures. His early interest in local historical geography has led to two new books focusing on regions of the United States. He is the author, editor, or contributor of more than 20 books, including The Gunks (Shawangunk Mountains) Ridge and Valley Towns Through Time.

Michael Neil O'Donnell, a landscape photographer, pairs a modern aesthetic with classic principles to create simple, bold, ethereal interpretations of the Hudson Valley's natural beauty. His images have been seen at exhibitions throughout the Hudson Valley and he is a contributor to the publications of the Mohonk Preserve, Open Space Institute, and Riverkeeper.

Coffee and refreshments will be served. $5 Members, $7 Seniors and Military, $10 General Admission.