Written during the 1930’s, but unpublished during his lifetime, Hugh Donlon’s The Mohawk Valley is a broad overview of the author’s native region from the end of the last ice age to the third decade of the twentieth century.
In the Foreward to The Mohawk Valley, Hugh P. Donlon argues that the region’s history has been well-documented both in “extensive compilations” too long for the “average reader” and in shorter “pamphlets chiefly concerned with a particular event or section of the valley.” His goal was different.
Donlon wrote a history accessible to the common reader. His desire was to produce not only “an historical narrative [giving] the essentials of discovery, development, and progress” but also present tales that would “afford an incentive for more detailed study” of important places and events of his native region.
Donlon saw himself as a storyteller. The setting of his tale is a valley whose “forests and streams, hills and dales and … fertile flats along the river make a great symphony of nature to accompany the unfolding scene[s] of life” of the historical characters he describes. All those stories taken together become his history of the Mohawk Valley.
Hugh Donlon’s work is a statement of the connections between individual experience and the broad movements of human history. In recognition of this special quality, Mountainair Books in Rochester has published The Mohawk Valley for the first time. The book is edited by Dave Northrup and includes a biography of the author by Bob Cudmore.
All proceeds from sales will be donated to the Walter Elwood Museum of the Mohawk Valley in Amsterdam, New York.
Copies may be obtained from:
The Walter Elwood Museum of the Mohawk Valley, 100 Church Street, Amsterdam, New York 12010
The Bookhound, 16 East Main Street, Amsterdam, New York 12010
The Old Pedlar’s Wagon, 175 Church Street, Amsterdam, New York 12010