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“From Hudson Valley Anarchist to Prussian Aristocrat: The Story of Alida Mary Schoonmaker, Countess of Krockow (1857-1940),” lecture by Eric Roth
March 7 @ 3:00 pm - 4:00 pm$10
Historic Huguenot Street will welcome former executive director and archivist, Eric Roth, who will give a presentation titled “From Hudson Valley Anarchist to Prussian Aristocrat: The Story of Alida Mary Schoonmaker, Countess of Krockow (1857-1940).” Roth will tell the ironic tale of how this young intellectual woman from Saugerties married into aristocratic Germany, only to become an influential critical voice of that country’s militaristic rise under the Junker class prior to World War I. Alida Mary Schoonmaker’s remarkable life is documented in her numerous letters housed in the Historic Huguenot Street Archives, and in dozens of articles she published in American journals such as the Atlantic Monthly, The Independent, New York Tribune, Good Housekeeping, and numerous others.
Eric Roth possesses over twenty years of experience in archives, historical and fundraising work. He holds a Master’s degree in Library Science from SUNY Albany. From 1997 to 2006 Mr. Roth held the position of Archivist/Librarian for Historic Huguenot Street in New Paltz, NY and served as the organization’s Executive Director from 2006 to 2010. From 2010 to 2012 he worked as a Grant Writer for Orange County Community College (SUNY Orange) in Middletown, NY, where he contributed to the preparation of over 60 grant proposals resulting in over $4 million in awarded funds for the College. He currently holds the position of Grants Manager at Mohonk Preserve, New Paltz, NY. He has been a grant reviewer with the New York State Archives and has taught an undergraduate class on Hudson Valley Culture for the SUNY New Paltz History Department. Eric is also a classical guitarist, composer and arranger and frequently performs throughout the Hudson Valley Region.
Location: Deyo Hall