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Doug Wilson Talk and Book Signing, continued

Slouffman had often encouraged Doug to write a book about his career at ABC. Fortunately, for all of us, Doug did just that. The final product should be required reading for all those interested in the history of sports coverage via visual media and all participants in college Communication Arts programs. All proceeds from the sale of Doug’s book at the book signing were donated to the Irvington Historical Society.

Francis D. Campbell


Doug Wilson signing books after his talk.

Annual Meeting

by Ginny Read

     The Historical Society’s 2013 Annual Meeting was held Friday, November 15th, in the Main Street School auditorium. President Andy Lyons reported that, one year after Superstorm Sandy ravaged the IHS Archive space, most damaged items had been salvaged, and critical restoration projects were underway—in large part due to the diligent efforts of Curator Barbara Sciulli and her collections committee. In addition, three issues of The Roost were published; two major exhibits mounted (Winter Wraps and A View from Backstage, currently on display); and numerous programs presented, among them Tom Vasti’s talk on Anne Hutchinson, the 2013 Tomorrow’s Historians, and Doug Wilson’s talk and book signing for his The World Was Our Stage.

Historial Society Board Member Veronica Gedrich was awarded special recognition for her tireless efforts on behalf of the Society.

     Andy then presented a Special Recognition Award to Trustee Veronica Gedrich for her tireless behind-the-scenes efforts to recruit, train, and oversee the docents who allow McVickar to be open to the public each and every Thursday and Saturday.

    Vice-President Pat Ryan introduced two nominees for the Board of Trustees, Stephen Beech and Elizabeth Remsen, and two Trustees nominated to serve a second term on the Board, Amy Sher-wood and Kevin Weber. Gifts and the society’s grateful thanks were presented to outgoing Board members, Brenda Livingston and Erik Weiselberg.

    Trustee and former President Betsy Wilson then introduced the evening’s guest speaker, Kevin Avery, Senior Research Scholar at the Metropolitan Museum of Art. Mr. Avery presented an enlightening slideshow and talk on the New York City–based Hudson River School painters and the scenery that inspired them. Tracing the influences of English émigré Thomas Cole, who was captivated by the wildness of the American landscape, and later the plein-air work of John Constable, Mr. Avery examined the work of such landscape artists as Asher Durand, Frederic Church, Hasting’s Jasper Cropsey, Sanford Gifford, and Irvington’s own Albert Bier-stadt. They collectively formed a movement that, judging by the enthusiastic audience turnout and reception, remains extremely popular here in the Hudson Valley today.