Maybe it’s no surprise then that two long-awaited histories of those northern communities are arriving just in time for the bicentennial hoopla: Bernard Tieger’s Tivoli: Community and Character and Roger Leonard’s Upper Red Hook: An American Crossroad.
As proud communitarians, both Leonard
and Tieger lay out particular claims for their section of town.
According to Roger Leonard
, we may never know exactly how Upper Red Hook came to be called that, as people there simply “considered themselves Red Hook... and used their own definitions....
, perhaps befitting his
vocation as former minister of St. John’s Reformed Church, emphasizes that his
book is about families, not buildings.
approached it first from a genealogical point of view and still finds human relationships the most fascinating aspect of his
Among the stories that populate his
says, are two about local warriors from the First and Second World Wars as well as material about a local African-American Civil War veteran and his
family who lived in Upper Red Hook until the 1890s.
According to Roger
, commercial activity in the hamlet grew until the arrival of the automobile in the early 20th century.
Roger Leonard [photo: Olan Mills Portrait Studio]
Clockwise from top: Wint Aldrich, Roger Leonard, Kaszio Sosnowski, Bernie Tieger
Tieger’s and Leonard’s new books about Tivoli and Upper Red Hook are being published this spring or early summer and both authors will be signing books (Roger Leonard at the Red Hook Library
on June 7).