The Poughkeepsie Regatta 1891-1950

Wednesday, June 15 at 7:00 pm

Elizabeth Clarke & Ann Sandri will present their newly published book, which chronicles the establishment of the Intercollegiate Rowing Association and its Regatta.  This was an annual tradition held on the Hudson River where major university crews vied for supremacy on the Hudson.  Crowds of spectators numbered in the thousands with over a 100,000 attending at its height.  Local businesses and organizations were involved in preparing for the event and treated Regatta Day as if it were a national holiday.  The book features images of the races, crews, spectators, local establishments that served as crew quarters, and more and is the first to take an in-depth look at the history of this sporting event's over 50-year tenure on the Hudson

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From DCHS Collections:

A painting of the regatta by Eunice Hatfield Smith, DCHS Image Collection, Courtesy of Joan Smith.

EHS Regatta DCHS Image Collection

August 1880 winners of the Poughkeepsie regatta.

The Regatta Room at Nelson House Hotel, 1950s.

Regatta Room Bar Nelson House
Poughkeepsie Regatta by Gallup