1875/1881 village

This is a large print featuring images of the 1875 map of the Village of Saugerties-on-Hudson, New York, and a panorama of the same village made in 1881 along with a seven column text panel history of Saugerties, New York written in 1990 specifically for this composition. The map image is a joining of the divided two, two-page foldouts (page 36-37 and 40-41) of the Village of Saugerties in the 1875 Beers Atlas of Ulster County, New York and is the only merging of these known to exist. The Panorama has the border decoration of the original removed and the lithograph vignetted on the edges. The map and panorama are referenced in the text. The map shows land ownership, structures, businesses, factories, mills, schools, churches, cemeteries, water power developments and water bodies. The panorama is a birds eye view of the named content of the map.

This digital copy has been intentionally sized to include the edges of the paper for showing its weathered condition. The original was part of the displays of Saugerties history at the information booth set up in the old Grand Union Plaza frontage on Rt. 212 during the months before and after the 25th Anniversary of the Woodstock Festival in 1994. It is presented here representing that period in current history. This interpretive poster, along with the structure and a more permanent printed plexiglas display (in another web production), were privately supported to give local history a presence in the midst of all the attention given to the event. The booth was afterward donated to the Saugerties Business Association and moved to opposite northbound NYS Saugerties Thruway Exit 20 at the McDonald's. In 2001 the printing screens for this work were donated to the Boys and Girls Club, Kingston Chapter, along with the equipment to run a full printing studio, so the youth could learn this art by producing these prints in their planned new Saugerties building. This was all removed from the old building when it was demolished, and lost.

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The Great Knot, April 27, 2011

Michael Sullivan Smith, 2015
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