Author & Speaker, Robi Josephson  
Images from past talks and programs... Photos by Ted Reiss and Robi Josephson, unless noted otherwise.

Barbara Purcell, board trustee, Time and the Valleys Museum, Grahamsville, NY, October 25, 2015.

Donna Steffens, Director, Time and the Valleys Museum.

Gerry Burger and Marie Van Leuven attended the Grahamsville program. Gerry is a Trapps descendant. Marie's late husband, Roger, was born and raised in the Trapps. We thank Roger and Marie for generously sharing their family stories and photos for our book!

Sullivan County Historian, John Conway, with Robi following the Grahamsville program at Time and the Valleys Museum.


Daughters of the American Revolution, Minisink Chapter, Annual Luncheon, April 11, 2015, Orange Inn, Goshen, NY.

Desmond Campus for Adult Enrichment, Mount Saint Mary College, May 8, 2015, Newburgh, NY.

Historical Club of Middletown, June 15, 2015, Middletown, NY.

Lake Mohonk program, Bevier House, headquarters and museum of the Ulster County Historical Society, Kingston, NY, July 12, 2015. I'm ready to receive guests in the Parlor...Welcome!


Lake Mohonk program at The Fountains, a retirement community of Millbrook, NY, on July 15, 2015. They provided Civil War-era cookies in honor of my program. Delicious and historic refreshments.

Lake Mohonk program, Rosendale Library, Rosendale, NY, September 30, 2015, after the show with Librarian Sue Horowitz. We've come a long way, baby. No more hoop skirts.

Trapps program, Vineyard Commons, Highland, NY for the Town of Lloyd Historical Preservation Society. I linked arms with Society Vice-President Vivian Wadlin. We both wear antique hats once worn by Trapps residents Anna (nee Enderly) and Edward Hayes. Their granddaughter, Joan Hayes Wustrau, lent Anna's feathered hat and Edward's bowler hat for Robi's programs. Hats off to you, Joan, for such a gracious and generous offer!


Robi taught a four week course on Shawangunk Mountain history for the Lifetime Learning Institute, an adult enrichment program at SUNY New Paltz, in Fall 2015.

Thumbs up for the Lifetime Learning Institute!

A field trip to Mohonk Preserve's Coxing Trailhead to learn about the old Enderly family farm and sawmill that once existed on the site. Thank you to the Mohonk Preserve for permission to bring the class to this historic site in the Shawangunks.

The class was thrilled to meet Bob Larsen, Robi's mentor and Trapps book co-author, who joined them for the field trip.

The class gathers on the bridge over a stream called the Coxing Kill.

This waterfall on the Coxing Kill was the site of a 19th century mill and today is a po;ular swimming hole called Split Rock.



    Cragsmoor Historical Society, May 31, 2014 -- view slide show
Photos by Ted Reiss and Mary Lou Fales
  Stone Ridge Library, Dec. 2013 -- view slide show ~Photos by Gail Yeaple    
    Historical Society of Walden & the Wallkill Valley, Oct. 2013
-- view slide show ~Photos by Gail Yeaple
Mohonk Mountain House, Shawangunk Mountains, New Paltz, NY
    The restored Van Leuven Cabin in the Trapps  
Robi Josephson and Bob Larsen
    Looking South from Sky Top, Mohonk, New York  
The Testimonial Gatehouse, looking East toward New Paltz, New York
    Sunrise, the Albert K. Smiley Memorial Tower on Sky Top.  
Lake Minnewaska and the Catskill Mountains beyond.
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