6:00 PM18:00

Speaker Night with author Evan Pritchard

Half Way to Paradise
Mt. Beacon, the Highlands,
and the “River Indians” Before 1609

A lecture and slide show by Mi’kmaq author Evan Pritchard


In this one hour lecture/slide show, award winning historian Evan Pritchard, of Algonquin and Celtic descent, will describe what Beacon and the Hudson Highlands were like before the arrival of Henry Hudson in 1609.

With the help of various original maps and slides he will explain the layers of meanings in the old "Indian" place-names and locate tribal boundaries, trails and river crossings in our historically rich area.

He will relate how elevation is associated with layers of "paradise" in Algonquin culture, and why Mount Beacon was so special in the days before Henry Hudson.



Saturday, March 12th, 2016
6:00 - 6:30 PM: Open Reception
6:30 - 7:30 PM: Presentation
7:30 - 8:00 PM: Q &A
Free / Open to the Public

199 Main Street, Beacon NY 12508
Beacon Institute for Rivers and Estuaries, Clarkson University

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7:30 PM19:30

Hudson Highland Nature Museum: Winter Evening Speakers Series

Come listen to Incline Trustee, Frank DiLorenzo, speak on the Mt. Beacon Incline Railway.

Entitled "The Mount Beacon Incline Railway: Past, Present, and Future", this presentation kicks off the Winter Evening Speakers Series organized by the Hudson Highlands Nature Museum and Cornwall Presbyterian Church.


Event Details

Address: Cornwall Presbyterian Fellowship Hall, 222 Hudson Street, Cornwall
Date: Tuesday, February 2nd
Time: 7:30 PM

Admission to the lecture is $5, members; $7, non-members. For more information, call 845-534-5506, Ext. 204 or visit

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Celebrating the Living Classroom

Society trustee, Frank DiLorenzo, will present a breakout session at the upcoming Celebrating the Living Classroom held at Vassar College. Organized by the Environmental Consortium of Colleges & Universities, this annual conference include field trips, keynote speakers, and the Great Work Award.

Frank's presentation will cover the Incline Society's ongoing partnership with Stevens Institute of Technology to engage students with hands-on challenges related to the Incline's restoration. Over the past many years, the students have worked on engineering problems such as ADA compliance, management of water runoff, environmentally and a sustainable design for onsite parking .


The event runs from Friday, November 6th through Saturday November 7th, 2015.

Franks's session is on Saturday at 1:45PM

Details and registration are available online.

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Along the Mt. Beacon Incline Railway: Past, Present & Future

Along the Mt. Beacon Incline Railway: Past, Present & Future

The exhibition explores the initiative to bring back the Mt. Beacon Incline through the lenses of a historic narrative and an eye towards the future. As Beacon continues to transform and revitalize, the Incline’s restoration provides a unique opportunity to connect the past with the future in a way that is meaningful to the city’s heritage and relevant to the community of today.

Through the use of large format photography, digital renderings, animations, and info-graphics, the exhibit explores the Incline’s early origins in shaping the city through its connections to the river-front, mass-transportation, Main Street, and the many river-towns along the Hudson River.

As the “Gateway to the Hudson Highlands”, the vision for a restored Incline calls for a design that is environmentally responsible, economically sustainable, and provides a unique “public-common-space” that is accessible, shared and enjoyed by people of every age and ability.

The exhibition endeavors to have visitors leave with an appreciation for the city’s heritage, an enthusiasm for the restoration, and an understanding of how it relates into to the surrounding Hudson Highland State Park, how it helps revitalize the city, and how it fits into the region as a whole.


October 10th, 2015 - November 6th, 2016
Sat..: 11AM - 3PM / Mon-Thurs: 9AM-5PM / Fri.: 9AM - 1PM
Beacon Institute for Rivers & Estuaries, Clarkson University
199 Main St. Beacon NY 12508

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6:00 PM18:00

Opening Night & Book Signing Event

Opening Night Party

Along the Mt. Beacon Incline Railway: Past, Present & Future

Come join us for a special opening night party at the Beacon Institute for Rivers and Estuaries, Clarkson University as we kick off our six month exhibition to celebrate the Mt. Beacon Incline Railway, its past, present and future.

The night will include an advance showing the exhibition, a chance to speak with representatives of MBIRRS and most importantly, have an with a opportunity to hear from with author Greg Bilotto about his recently published book on the Incline.

Books will be available for purchase along with a special book signing
Refreshment served.

Please RSVP


Event Details

Friday, October 9th
6PM - 8PM
Beacon Institute for Rivers & Estuaries, Clarkson University
199 Main St. Beacon NY 12508

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9:30 AM09:30

Hudson Valley Ramble / Mt. Beacon Incline Railway Hike

Come join us for a fun day hiking to the top of Mt. Beacon

A hike led by the Mt. Beacon Incline Railway Restoration Society's interpretive guides. Participants will learn the history of the mountain and its railway. This is a difficult-to-moderate hike of approximately two miles (round trip).

RECOMMENDATIONS: Wear hiking boots/sturdy shoes, dress in layers. Bring water, snacks/lunch, and insect repellent.

SUGGESTED DONATION: $5 (appreciated but not required).

DATE: Sunday, September 28, 2104

TIME: 9:30 AM

LOCATION: Mt. Beacon Park, Beacon NY (see map)

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