Hope Farm Press April ’11 NY Books Newsletter
2011 April Vol XIII Issue IV
New York State Books Newsletter
from Richard Frisbie of Hope Farm Press
FROM THE EDITOR
I hear that Spring arrived, but that was 2 snow storms ago, before this cold weather set in. The first robin on my lawn this morning was wearing snowshoes! Hopefully, before my May newsletter we’ll have the seasons back in order, but right now I have to wonder what hemisphere I’m in.
Speaking of that, the Spanish Tourism office is sending me to Madrid to cover a big gastronomy event on April 10th. Hope Farm brick & mortar Bookshop will be closed from the 10th to the 15th.
Sorry to miss you. I’m also covering most Tuesdays for the regular baker at Hudson Valley Dessert Company, ( 6AM to 2PM ish) so Sun through Tuesday each week will be catch-as-catch-can at the bookshop. The rest of the time I’m here from noon to six (or so.)
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BOOK NEWS & GOSSIP
#ELECTRONIC BOOKS – I’m working on having some of my books available as digital ebooks and pdf files that can be downloaded directly from my website. Since publishing my first ebooks in 1992 (you read that right!) I’ve waited for the market to catch up with me. Now that Amazon sells more ebooks than regular books (!!) the time is right to offer them to my customers. The first one: The Concise History of Ulster County, is available as you read this. Others, including the sister volume of “The Concise History of Orange County”, and the Peter Force volumes of the American Archives will appear soon. My plans are to continue to have as many as possible available for instant downloads as soon as possible – AND at a significant savings to you. PLUS, you don’t have to pay shipping!
HERE’S HOW TO ORDER & Download Files: it is the same process as ordering a book or CDROM – EXCEPT – there’s no shipping or sales tax! Once you’ve finalized your order click on CHECKOUT. Pick your payment method, either Check or Credit card, and finish. When I receive payment, I’ll send you a link to the order page where the Download link is activated. Click on the title and the file will download to your computer. You’ll have several days and download attempts to get it right. It is that simple.
Price Decrease (!!)
The Concise History of Ulster County – as a pdf file download, (not on a CDROM) – $8.50
Palatines of Olde Ulster – as a pdf file download, not a book – $5.50
____ The Concise History of Ulster County
Before the county with its Irish name and English Government came into being, the heart of the region which it covers was making history under the Indian narme of Esopus and the supervision of the Dutch Government. In the territory now covered by the city of Kingston, the combination of converging Indian trails, a safe harbor for sloops, river valleys and fertile, cleared lands, brought traders and settlers during the seventeenth century; brought also the liquor traffic, flashing tomahawks and fire brands, and two wars which nearly wiped out the early settlements.
So begins the only modern history of Ulster County. Written in 1946, this (200pp book if I printed it) history covers all the townships, all the major industries, and all the important people up to World War II. It even includes a full-color map of Ulster County. To read the chapter on Ulster Communities. This is fully searchable in Adobe pdf file $8.50
____Palatines of Olde Ulster
By Benjamin Meyer Brink. A Reprint of 8 articles from Olde Ulster magazine on this early group of Hudson Valley settlers to whom we owe so much. Not just our names, such as Myer, Dederick, Overbaugh — but our work ethic and belief in freedom from oppression. These early pioneers were sturdy, sensible people. It amazing how many genealogists from all over the country can trace their roots back here through them! Besides the chapters on the Palatines who settled on both sides of the Hudson near Saugerties, there is a chapter on the Palatines of Newburgh and one from the Journal of Conrad Weiser – the trusted Indian negotiator during the French and Indian War who eventually settled in the Dutch region of Pennsylvania. New Edition includes the list of names of the settlers of both East and West Camp, compiled for the Saugerties Historical Society’s Palatine Monument. This is fully searchable in Adobe pdf file $5.50
____Lake George Shipwrecks and Sunken History
By Joseph W. Zarzynzki and Bob Benway. Lake George is bustling with boaters, swimmers, fisherman and many others, enjoying its scenic, quintessentially Adirondack shores. But the depths below hide a whole other world – one of shipwrecks and lost history. Entombed are remnants of Lake George’s important naval heritage, such as the legendary Land Tortoise radeau, which sank in 1758. Other wrecks include the steam yacht Ellide and the first famed Minne-Ha-Ha. These waters hold secrets, too, like the explanation behind the 1926 disappearance of two hunters. After years of exploration across the lake’s bottomlands, underwater archaeologist Joseph W. Zarzynski and archaeological diver Bob Benway present the most intriguing discoveries among more than two hundred years of shipwreck sites. 160 pages 55 photos Paperback $19.99 Available APRIL
____ Where Did The Tracks Go In The Catskills?
By Michael Kudish. The long-awaited fourth volume in his New York Railroad series, this deals with the Catskill Mountain lines. More than 175 maps detailing track plans, sidings, railroad buildings, and related industries, bring this comprehensive history to life. 8.5×11 AVAILABLE IN MAY $25.00
____ Folklore and Legends of Rochester…The Mystery of Hoodoo Corner
By Michael Keene. Born from the chill waters of Lake Ontario and the Genesee River, Rochester, New York has been the cradle of the modern spiritualist and anti-Masonic movements and many religious sects and utopian communes. This unusual history has given rise to many strange legends and shrouded the city in mystery. Was the corner of Main and Elm Streets, the former McCurdy’s Department store cursed? Who was Captain William Morgan, and why did he suddenly disappear? What stories lie behind Rochester’s first murder and execution? And who was the Hoodoo Doctor? From century old tales of Native American folklore, the history of the Fox Sisters, the secrets of the Freemasons, and the murder of William Lyman, Folklore & Legends of Rochester, The Mystery of Hoodoo Corner, takes us on a journey into the past while unraveling the solution to an ancient mystery. Paperback $19.99
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