River fishing industry focus of author’s talk
Vernon Benjamin of Saugerties, a journalist, author and college instructor, will speak on “The Last of the Seine Fishermen” at Esopus Town Hall, 284 Broadway, at 4 p.m. Nov. 19.
The lecture is sponsored by the Klyne Esopus Museum as part of the Roger Mabie Speaker’s Series.
Through the eyes of a Hudson Valley fisherman and his family, he will examine what happened to the commercial fishing industry on the Hudson River and how waterfront communities have adapted to economic changes. Benjamin will also discuss his most recent book, “History of the Hudson Valley: From the Civil War to Modern Times.” Admission is free. Benjamin, an adjunct lecturer in Hudson River Valley History and Art History at Marist College for 12 years, previously served as a Saugerties town supervisor and Ulster County legislator. He is also a Saugerties Library trustee.