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Esopus Dreams: How New York City Reshaped the Catskills

March 18, 2017 @ 10:30 am - 12:00 pm


Join author Diane Galusha for an illustrated presentation of why and how New York City turned to the Catskills for water after it tapped most of the rivers and streams in Westchester and Putnam Counties in the last half of the 19th century. Between 1905 and 1915, surveyors, engineers and contractors captured this free flowing stream behind a dam at Olivebridge, and then sent it down a 92-mile- long concrete tube to deliver water to the nation’s biggest city. Galusha, author of Liquid Assets: A History of New York City’s Water System, will recount the amazing tale of the building of the Ashokan Reservoir, a story of triumphant engineering and the tragic displacement of more than 2,000 people who lived in a dozen communities along the Esopus that were sacrificed or relocated for the Ashokan project. Copies of Liquid Assets, now with a 50-page update, will be available for purchase.


March 18, 2017
10:30 am - 12:00 pm
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