College Hill’s History…Points to its Future Potential

The past informs a better future.

Future potential inspires us to understand the past.

Special thanks to Walkway Over the Hudson for hosting this event.

Bill Jeffway, is the Executive Director of the Dutchess County Historical Society. He serves on the research committee of Celebrating the African Spirit, a Poughkeepsie-based group dedicated to ensuring our public spaces in particular recognize an inclusive history.

Chris Kroner in a Principal of MASS Design Group. The organization's stated mission is “to research, build, and advocate for architecture that promotes justice and human dignity.”

You are welcome to look at the images from the presentation

Use full screen icon at bottom left of screen for best viewing. These images are from a June 6, 2021 presentation hosted by Walkway Over the Hudson, and co-presented by the Dutchess County Historical Society and MASS Design Group.

Comments and photos recently shared with us, after the presentation

Joseph Bertolozzi is a music composer originally from Poughkeepsie, now of Beacon, who has created many works for and about Dutchess County and environs. In 2004, there were two concerts for the celebration of the City of Poughkeepsie's 150th Anniversary. One was in front of the Main Post Office in Poughkeepsie with the West Point Band, and the other at the Dudley Shelter. Both featured Betolozzi’s music. The College Hill program included his "Suite Poughkeepsie" performed by the Poughkeepsie Festival Orchestra. Other local musicians performed as well: Cantor Gail Hirschenfang from Vassar Temple at the time, and music educator/singer Ciesta Little-Quinn. In the center photos below, Bertolozzi is shown left, with conductor Art Himmelberger. Information and photos courtesy Joseph Bertolozzi.

Rob and Sue Doyle are collectors of 19th century Hudson River School paintings, and shared this photo of