Through the combined partnership efforts of Peekskill City Historian, John Curran, and The Field Library Head of the Reference Department and Archivist, Librarian Robert Boyle, The Field Library proudly announces the publication of Peekskill, which portrays the history of our small Dutch-style village and its growth into a prosperous factory city, with scenic vistas that have always attracted photographers.
Using many of these photographs which are now part of the Library's Local History Collection, as well as presenting the prominent community people of the era, this book is a valuable contribution to historical information on Peekskill. Published in September, 2005 by Arcadia Press in its popular "Images of America" series, this lovely paperback volume costs $20.00, and The Field Library will accept your order by emailing Robert Boyle at email@example.com
With its wealth of wonderful local history, The Field Library has been able to offer several wonderful gift items for family and friends. Each item has been a labor of love to reproduce, and all your support from the proceeds benefits our library.
These items are truly unique and will make a wonderful stocking-stuffer, house gift or remembrance of Peekskill.
Field Library Canvas Book Bag is extra-large and made out of heavy-duty, cream-colored canvas, imprinted in black and gold lettering with The Field Library logo. A large front pocket stays neatly flat with a Velcro strip tab. Heavy-duty handles will take the heaviest load of books, and the extra-deep, extra-wide roomy interior guarantees you lots of space. More attractive than L.L. Bean's, this is a seriously well-made book bag that is also good looking! $15.00 each
Stationery always makes a great gift, and what better way to send friends and family local news than on real Peekskill notecards! We have both postcards and notecards for your literary musings, printed and illustrated with original, black-and-white photographs culled from the incredible photography files of our Local History Archives Collection.
Peekskill on Postcards - Videorecording, $20.00, includes shipping. Produced by the Alberti's Video Productions, 1998. - This 35-minute narrated video brings you high-quality images of over 150 rare, vintage postcards showing wonderful, long-lost Peekskill scenes, including homes, streets, buildings and scenic waterfront of the era, along with a lovely narrative placing these settings in the context of a gentler time gone by.
Peekskill on Postcards - CD-ROM, $5.00, includes shipping. produced by Azimuth Multimedia Productions, 1988. - The companion CD-ROM features images of over 200 Peekskill postcards. Arranged by topics such as local homes or downtown businesses, these historical and beautiful images are searchable by street name, and have accompanying descriptive text and a map showing the postcard's location in town. The images can be downloaded into a personal computer for your personal use as a greeting card or stationary. This CD won an "Award for Excellence," from Lower Hudson Conference in 1998.
Paramount Center for the Arts: A Retrospective - Videorecording, $20.00, includes shipping. Written and directed by John Curran, Peekskill City Historian. Produced by Alberti's Video Productions, 1999. - This documentary about the history of Peekskill's famous performing arts center features interviews with Robert Engstrom, Mim Osyczka, Edward Mashberg, Robert Frischmuth, Patti Copeland, Fred Jay Bianco, Frances Gibbs, Jack Burns, and Gladys Muller. Special presentations by Kitty Carlisle Hart, Libby Pataki, David Amram, E. G. Marshall, George Pataki, and Aaron Copland. See the makeover of this gilded legend as it becomes once again the premiere theatrical showcase in the Hudson Valley.
Peekskill in Perspective: A Visual Journey Through Time - Videorecording, $20.00, includes shipping. Written and directed by John Curran, Peekskill City Historian. Produced by Alberti's Video Productions, 1996. - This 50-minute video, narrated by Gerry Desmond, the "voice of Peekskill," brings you more than 250 Peekskill scenes. Some of the photos and archives have not been seen publicly for more than 100 years. This is a visual journey which takes you into the heyday of Peekskill's early industrial prosperity, its foundries and factories - you see the former mothball fleet of "Liberty Ships" once anchored in the River, as well as many other images from Peekskill's illustrious past. Peekskill residents are seen individually and in volunteer associations during more than a century of local activity.