Vernon Benjamin on Maurice Hinchey and the New Consciousness in Environmental Thinking in New York at Catskill Interpretive Center

We are pleased to welcome back to the Catskill Interpretive Center renowned author and historian Vernon Benjamin. Join us on Saturday Feb.17 at 2 p.m. as he presents a brand-new program,  "Maurice Hinchey and the New Consciousness in Environmental Thinking in New York." 

Vernon Benjamin has a wide range of experience as a writer, journalist, researcher, administrator, public official, consultant, and community and environmental advocate. His 1982 study of the Saugerties Lighthouse was useful in saving and restoring that structure, and his work as Village Waterfront Revitalization Coordinator led to one of the first Local Waterfront Revitalization Plans in the state. Benjamin was a legislative aide to Assemblyman Maurice D. Hinchey from 1982-92. He is a former chair of Hudsonia, Ltd., Ulster County Reapportionment Commission member, and charter board member of Esopus Creek Conservancy, when Esopus Bend Nature Preserve was acquired with the assistance of the Catskill Center for Conservation and Development. His books, The History of the Hudson River Valley: From Wilderness to the Civil War and The History of the Hudson River Valley: From the Civil War to Modern Times were published by Overlook Press in 2015-16. The final chapter of that work, “The New Consciousness,” places Maurice Hinchey’s tenure as a New York State Assemblyman as a seminal part in the rise of environmentalism in New York.

Copies of his books will be available for sale and signing after the program. 

Saturday, February 17, 2018 -
2 pm to 3:30pm
Maurice D. Hinchey Catskill Interpretive Center
5096 State Route 28
Mount Tremper