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Reliving Life Along the Hudson River

Reliving Life Along the Hudson River

by Maxine Carter-Lome The Hudson Valley is one of the most recognizable landscapes in the country. Named after the river that Henry Hudson explored, the region is home to several iconic sites which have played an important role in our nation’s history. Here are a few not-to-be-missed places to visit on your next trip along […]

Hudson River Revolutionary War Artifacts

Hudson River Revolutionary War Artifacts

by Melody Amsel-Arieli To drum-beat and heart-beat, A soldier marches by: There is color in his cheek, There is courage in his eye, Yet to drum-beat and heart-beat In a moment he must die. – from Nathan Hale by Francis Miles Finch (1827-1907) The Hudson River, which spans from northeastern New York State to the […]

Art Colonies Along the Hudson

Art Colonies Along the Hudson

The Birth of American Art by Judy Gonyeau, Managing Editor With the onset of the industrial revolution in the United States, the ecosystem of the rugged landscape across the country appeared to be lost in the face of progress. The expansion of manufacturing was affecting what was once a pristine, breathtaking view of the American […]

America’s Eden

America’s Eden

A Historic Look at the Hudson River Valley by Erica P. Lome In 1831, Alexis de Tocqueville penned a letter to his father describing the Hudson River Valley: You will never guess, my dear father, where on earth I have ensconced myself to write this letter. I sit at the top of a rather steep […]

A Notion to Collect

A Notion to Collect

by Judy Nixon Kent In the U.S., they are called notions. In the U.K., they are called haberdashery. What exactly are these oddly named things, you may ask? Generally, they are small articles or accessories that are used to complete a sewing project as a part of the project itself, such as zippers, snaps, hooks, […]

Freshly Ground

Freshly Ground

A Look at Antique Coffee Grinders by Maxine Carter-Lome There is nothing like the smell and taste of freshly ground coffee. Today, coffee consumers have the choice of buying pre-packaged ground coffee or beans by the pound to be freshly ground at home. This was not the case for most of rural America in the […]

Something for Everyone

Something for Everyone

The Good Ol’ Country Store by Donald-Brian Johnson Kitchenalia. It comes in many forms, and collectors often focus on just one category. Salt-and-peppers, for instance. Or whistle mugs. Perhaps pie birds, egg timers, or vintage advertising catch your fancy. There are even folks who collect original food packaging (pristine condition preferred, food long-removed). But those […]

Containers for the General Store

Containers for the General Store

by Judy Gonyeau Apothecary Jars and Glass Containers Apothecary jars or bottles were designed to hold powders, dry goods, medicines, and herbs. These were produced in the Midwestern and Eastern states between 1790-1920, and generally ranged in size between 4”-12” tall. Each bottle had some form of a lid, mainly glass-ground stoppers that kept them […]

Decorating with Sports Memorabilia

Decorating with Sports Memorabilia

by Maxine Carter-Lome Everyone knows sports fans are passionate about their players and teams. They proudly communicate where their loyalties lie through their clothing, the bumper stickers on their car, and the items they display in their home, office, and man cave.   Diehard sports fans, collectors, and enthusiasts alike can’t resist buying, saving, and […]

A Man and His Chips

A Man and His Chips

by Sheldon Smith According to my research, the Man Cave is essential to the survival of the male gender of Homo Sapiens. In other words, without it, we might become extinct! To say that there are many different versions of a Man Cave would be a huge understatement. According to Wikipedia, there are at least […]