Local Author Talk: Elverhoj- Sun. Apr. 30, 2pm

2023-04-30 14:00 - 2023-04-30 15:00

Elverhoj: The Arts and Crafts Colony at Milton-on-Hudson

Sunday, April 30, 2:00pm

Join us at the Library on Sunday, April 30 at 2:00pm, as authors William B. Rhoads and Leslie Melvin present on their recently published book, Elverhoj: The Arts and Crafts Colony at Milton-on-Hudson.

The Elverhoj was an Arts and Crafts colony established in Milton on the picturesque west shore of the Hudson River in 1912. Little known today, the colony achieved a national reputation before World War I.

The Elverhoj was especially regarded for its jewelry and metalwork, but the works of painter-craftsman James Scott and etcher Ralph Pearson added to its renown, as did a fruitful connection with nearby Vassar College, strengthened by the efforts of colony members Bessie and Henrietta Scott, sisters talented in textile arts.

There will be a book signing after the talk, and books will be available for purchase at that time.

Registration is required, as spaces are limited.

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About the authors:

William B. Rhoads is a professor emeritus of Art History at SUNY New Paltz. His and his late wife Sally’s interest in the American Arts and Crafts movement began thanks to their friendship with the pioneering scholar of the movement, Robert Judson Clark, at Princeton University in the late 1960s when Rhoads was a graduate student. Books by Rhoads include: Kingston, New York: The Architectural History & Guide and Ulster County, New York: The Architectural History & Guide, both published by Black Dome Press.

Leslie Melvin is an academic technologist at Bard College. After receiving her MA in art history and museum studies, Leslie worked for over a decade in academic image libraries. Local history and historic preservation are avocations: she continues to specialize in image, object, genealogical and historic house research. Leslie joined the Elverhoj research group while serving on the board of the Ulster County Historical Society.