Blue’s program is largely based on interviews with local residents, many of whom shared old photos of the town and its people from their family albums. His talk will include such history gems as the 1840s agrarian revolt in Copake, the town’s unusual aeronautical history, three local former horse racetracks, and ice harvesting in town.
Blue will also discuss some of Copake’s colorful and fascinating residents: from a rattlesnake hunter to the wealthy Henry Astor, who lived in West Copake in the late 19th century. The Great Blondin’s 1858 high wire walk across Bash Bish Falls and the Copake-related artistic productions of Depression-era photographer Walker Evans and Hudson River School painter John Frederick Kensett are also on the program.
Blue is the author of Words at War (Scarecrow Press, 2002), a book about World War II-era radio broadcasting.
He has an active Copake history Facebook page.
Photo: Copake NY Railroad station circa 1887.