Art in Common series to host authors Feb. 28

Margaretville — The Saturday “Art in Common” series continues on Feb. 28 as three authors recently published by Purple Mountain Press of Fleischmanns; Bob Steuding, Michael Kudish and Tim Duerden, sign and discuss their books on regional lore and landscapes. A wine and cheese tasting will add additional local flavor to the event at the Commons building, starting at 4 p.m.
Teacher, town historian, and county poet laureate Bob Steuding has been writing about the Catskills since the 1960s. A native of the Catskills, Steuding is the author of The Last of the Handmade Dams: The Story of the Ashokan Reservoir and Rondout: A Hudson River Port. He lives near the Ashokan Reservoir and is a professor of English and Philosophy at Ulster County Community College. His latest book, The Heart of the Catskills describes the early settlement of the Slide Mountain area, its exploitation by the tanning industry, and the building of the Grand Hotel at Highmount. He presents the stories of colorful personalities, including Jim Dutcher, the mountain man, John Burroughs, the writer and naturalist and others drawn to this wild and beautiful place.
Hikers, naturalists, teachers, and anyone who loves the region will find The Catskill Forest: A History by Michael Kudish a comprehensive, yet understandable guide to this complex natural system. The story of forests in the Catskills is the story of the mountains: the interaction of plant communities with wildlife, soils, rocks, and climate and also the impact of human activity. Its full-color, foldout map delineates old growth forest along with burned areas, landslides, second growth forest, agricultural lands, and reforested plots. Kudish, a retired professor from the forest division at Paul Smiths College, has been studying the Catskill forest and its industries for 40 years
Tim Duerden is not a native of the Catskills, having been born and raised in England and has lived in Franklin for more than a decade. His first book, published in 2007 is A History of Delaware County, NY 1797 -2007: A Catskill Land and its People, the first comprehensive history of the county since the 1880s! Land use is at the foreground of this 250-year tale of our remote upland county, now inextricably bound to the vast tentacles of the metropolis, New York City.
Duerden is the director of the Delaware County Historical Association in Delhi and an adjunct history instructor at SUNY Delhi.  
Founded in Fleischmanns in 1973 by Wray and Loni Rominger, Purple Mountain Press specializes in New York State regional books, colonial history, and maritime subjects. Purple Mountain has produced more than 200 books in the fields of history, natural history, folklore, the arts, and outdoor recreation.
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