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Yorktown Teacher Presents Revolutionary War Program

Christopher DiPasquale will speak about the role of the Hudson River in the American Revolution before the Putnam Valley Historical Society on Dec. 12.
Christopher DiPasquale will speak about the role of the Hudson River in the American Revolution before the Putnam Valley Historical Society on Dec. 12. Photo Credit: mesms.yorktown.org

PUTNAM VALLEY, N.Y. -- The Putnam Valley Historical Society will present a program on the importance of the Hudson River during the American Revolution with historian, author and educator Christopher DiPasquale on Saturday, Dec. 12 at 10 a.m.

During the American Revolution the Hudson River was not just a waterway. It was a lifeline, a vital artery on which the cause of independence relied. Along its banks and in its waters, many would die for the cause they believed in. Neighbors would fight neighbors, and a serene countryside would become a frightening place, where “cowboys" and "skinners" crept through the dark landscape.

It was also the object at the center of America's most notorious treason. Benedict Arnold would try to sell the vital Hudson for his own gain. Both he and the British knew that if it fell, the lifeline would be cut, and the cause of independence would die.

DiPasquale holds a B.A. in history from Pace University and an M.A. in history from Queens College. He teaches at the Mildred E Strang Middle School in Yorktown. DiPasquale gives many lectures throughout the year at local libraries, historical societies and museums. He is a master teacher for the Living History Education Foundation and historical interpreter at many state and private historic sites.

The Putnam Valley Historical Society is at 301 Peekskill hollow Road. For more information, call 845-528-1024 or email putnamvalleyhistory@gmail.com.

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